#LearningFirst Edge Hill, 26th June 2018 – THE RETURN!

We are delighted to have been asked to revisit the amazing Edge Hill University for the penultimate conference of the @BeyondLevels #LearningFirst farewell tour.

The conference is primarily targetted at the student teachers moving into their NQT year but is open to all. There will be approximately 400 delegates, 100 places are available for those from outside of the university.

We are still in the relatively early stages of planning but have some super speakers and workshops already lined up.

Our keynotes include

Prof Dame Alison Peacock


Professor Dame Alison Peacock, CEO, Chartered College of Teaching

Professor Dame Alison Peacock was appointed in August 2016 and became the Chartered College’s Chief Executive on 1 January 2017. Prior to joining the Chartered College, she was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career to date has spanned primary, secondary and advisory roles. She is a member of the Royal Society Education Committee, a peer member of the Teaching Schools Council and a trustee of both the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and of Teach First. In March 2015, Alison was appointed by the Department for Education as a member of the commission on assessment without levels and she is the author of Assessment for Learning without Limits.

Dame Alison is a hugely enthusiastic advocate of the teaching profession (as you would expect!!). She will use her keynote to set out how the Chartered College can support teachers as they move through their career.

Mary Myatt


Mary Myatt

Mary advises, write and trains. She supports schools to think imaginatively about learners’ progress.

Mary Myatt spends time in schools talking to pupils, teachers and leaders about learning, leadership and the curriculum. She maintains that there are no quick fixes and that great outcomes for pupils are not achieved through tick boxes. She is working with senior leaders on the link between educational values and high standard

We have asked Mary to share an exploration of the concept of ‘high challenge, low threat’ as set out in her book of that title and how this translates into the classroom and across the school.

Gemma Gascoine


Gemma Gascoine

Gemma was an NQT last year and has come out the other side!!

She has had an exciting adventure and will share the highs and lows of her experiences over the last couple of years. With some top tips to boot.





Gayle Fletcher


Gayle Fletcher

Gayle is the Head Teacher of Gloucester Road Primary School in Cheltenham and a proud alumnus of Edge Hill University. She will share the story of her inspiration school.

“The inspirational leadership of the headteacher has brought about rapid improvements in the school since her appointment. She has enabled leaders at all levels to develop the very best practice in their areas. Staff have strongly welcomed this approach and feel empowered to bring about exceptional outcomes for the pupils. The headteacher’s vision of a strongly inclusive school where every pupil ‘can do it’ and all will be their ‘BEST’ has been embraced by pupils and staff. This has led to an excellent, caring school in which all pupils, regardless of need or starting point, feel safe and achieve outstanding results.” (Ofsted, 2017)


We also have a veritable smorgasbord of workshops on offer!


from some great speakers

and many more…

Securing your ticket:

If you are NOT a student teacher at Edge Hill University and would like to join us, please act fast as we only have 100 spaces available. Tickets are just £5.00 and include lunch and refreshments. You can secure your ticket here


Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
L39 4QP

More info and travel directions 

There is parking on campus, allow 10/15 mins walk if parking at the far side of campus.


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