Staff Meeting Development Programme with Hywel Roberts (Autumn 2024)

(Staff Meeting Programme 24-25)
Delegate price £300.00
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Botheredness: Reinvigorating Pedagogy and Making Learning Matter

Led by Hywel Roberts


In this session Hywel will explore:

  • Developing practice with professional imagination
  • Being creative in a concrete system
  • Discerning pedagogical decisions
  • Storytelling and learning: the research into how narratives can support progress and attainment across a curriculum
  • Moving from engagement to investment in learning
  • Towards a curriculum of empathy, compassion, and joy – a curriculum that’s compassionate to the staff delivering it, as well as the children experiencing it!
  • So what? Now what?

Hywel will introduce thinking and research around pupil motivation and the ingredients that can support a bespoke curriculum that allows teachers professional freedoms whilst enabling them to sleep well at night. We will engage with some planning examples and grow an understanding of how stories, narratives, and contexts are now being promoted by the cognitive science as useful vehicles for pupil learning. Teachers will leave with tools for their toolkits and ideas that can be applied straight away in their classrooms. Ideas from the session will offer colleagues food for thought in developing their own work and the work of the team.

Experience inspiring termly webinars led by nationally renowned educational speakers. Gain insights and practical strategies to invigorate teaching practices. Available live or recorded for all school staff. Theme for 2024-25: “Re-Igniting the Spark: inspiring teachers’ passion and creativity.”

With guest speakers:

  • Hywel Roberts
  • Rob Smith (Literacy Shed)
  • Lee Parkinson (Mr P)

Click on this link for more information about the Gateway Alliance Staff Meeting Programme subscription.

DATE: Monday, 7 October 2024

TIME: 15:45-17:00


COST: £300 per person for non-subscribing schools

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.


Schools who subscribe to the Gateway Alliance Staff Meeting Programme have ONE FREE place on this meeting.

Additional places can be purchased – charges will apply. Costs will be incurred for schools that do not subscribe. Please see our terms for further details.


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Hywel Roberts

Hywel has been a teacher for over thirty years. Hywel is as at home in front of hundreds of Headteachers on the conference circuit as he is when working with EAL children on the carpets of their classrooms. Hywel contributes to the national conversation around education at school and university level. He is an experienced teacher in Special, Primary and Secondary settings, nationally and internationally. He is also a well-respected author and contributes regularly to a variety of publications.

Hywel contributed to BBC Bitesize acting as a content provider and script doctor during the Pandemic in 2020.

Major publications include his award-winning book ‘Oops! Getting Children to Learn Accidentally’, ‘Uncharted Territories’ (written with Dr Debra Kidd) and, most recently, the best-selling ‘Botheredness’. He has also contributed fiction to a prison-based literacy reading programme developed by The Shannon Trust. Hywel is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Charted College of Teaching.

Hywel part owns a commercial cask ale brewery with some pals, but that’s another story.


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