English Conference led by CLPE

(English Network)
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Please note: Due to the current restrictions we are unable to bring this course to you as a full day, face to face event. It will instead be run over 2 sessions – an online twilight session in the spring followed by a 1/2 day face to face session in the summer.

We are delighted to welcome colleagues Charlotte Hacking and Farrah Serroukh from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) to lead our English Conference this year.


To expand English Leader’s subject knowledge, providing them with research-informed ideas for leading, planning and delivering an effective and engaging English Curriculum.

SESSION 1: Live Online Webinar

DATE/TIME: Wednesday 27th January 2021 (NEW TIME – 15:30-17:30)

SESSION TITLE: Exploring the Value of making Quality Inclusive Picturebooks an Integral part of Primary Literacy Provision

OVERVIEW: An opportunity to hear first-hand about the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s pioneering research into the Power of Picturebooks and Reflecting Realities in children’s literature. This highly interactive session will support colleagues in developing subject knowledge of how picturebooks support the development of primary literacy, as well as, consider how quality inclusive ethnically representative literature that reflects the realities of pupils can influence and shape their reader identity.


SESSION 2: Face to Face Session

DATE/TIME: Tuesday 15th June 2021 (13:30-16:30)

We hope to come together face to face for part 2 of our English conference in the summer, which will be a more practical session focusing on writing and providing an opportunity for us to explore some of the latest CLPE research in to effective teaching and learning.

Due to current restrictions this course will be run over 2 sessions:


DATE: Wednesday 27th January 2021

TIME: 15:30-17:30 – NEW TIME

VENUE:  Online

We will be using Zoom (online video conferencing software) to host this online event. If you have not used Zoom previously, you may need to download the Zoom software either to a laptop, PC, tablet or smartphone, prior to joining. When you have booked your place a link will be emailed to you, within 48 hours of the webinar, with further instructions about how to join the event.


DATE: Tuesday 15th June 2021

TIME: 13:30-16:30


Full details to be published in due course.


Schools who subscribe to the Gateway Alliance – ENGLISH subject leader network have 1 FREE place per school. 

Costs will be incurred for additional places and for schools that do not subscribe. Please contact us for details.


If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02476 347697 or email: info@gatewayalliance.co.uk

Charlotte Hacking – CLPE Learning Programme Leader (Central)

An experienced teacher and senior leader, Charlotte taught across the primary school age range before holding several posts including Assistant Headteacher and Leadership posts in Literacy, Early Years Foundation Stage, more able pupils and KS2. She was a literacy consultant within a Local Authority, focussing on Early Years, Phonics and Primary Literacy. She has written blogs and articles for a range of publications including Teach Primary and Books for Keeps. She is the governor of a secondary school with responsibility for teaching and learning. In 2020, Charlotte joined the Helen Hamlyn Centre of Pedagogy as a member of the Practitioner Advisory Board.

Charlotte’s special interests lie in Early Years, early reading development, the development of writing and the use of picture books and poetry to raise children’s engagement and attainment. She developed and leads the CLPE’s ground breaking ‘Power of Pictures’ research, investigating the impact visual literacy and illustration can have on children’s reading and writing. Charlotte also led and developed the CLPE’s ‘Power of Poetry’ research project, designed to highlight the importance of poetry as a vehicle for improving children’s engagement in and enjoyment of reading and creative writing in schools, as well as being on the judging panel for the CLPE poetry award, CLiPPA. She tweets at @charliehacking

Farrah Serroukh – CLPE Learning Programme Leader (Regional)

An experienced teacher and senior leader, Farrah taught across the primary school age range before holding several leadership posts in areas including Literacy, EAL, EMA and Inclusion. She has always been a passionate advocate of every child’s right to access high quality literature and experience the best education possible. Her interests in this regard led to her study of an MA in Bilingualism in Education. She coordinates CLPE’s partnership and regional work and is the author of CLPE’s Reflecting Realities Survey of Ethnic Representation within UK Children’s Literature 2017, which is the first of its kind in the history of UK children’s publishing. Farrah was awarded the Brenda Eastwood Award in recognition of her pioneering work on ethnic representation in children’s literature at the UKLA’s 55th International Conference 2019.

Farrah has also been a judge on the Klaus Flugge Prize 2019 and is member of the REIYL Advisory Board, Onjali Rauf’s Refugee Aid Team, the PoP Up Pathways Programme, a Letterbox Library Book Reviewer and Empathy Lab Book Reviewer from 2017- present.

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