What is this all about?

PedagooWorcs is back! Building on the success of our 2015 Pedagoo event, #PedagooWorcs16 will provide a collaborative, dialogue-based professional learning experience to any and all teachers who wish to attend, supported by ongoing learning throughout the year on Attendance at this event will be free!

When and where will it be?

19th November, University of Worcester

What will it look like?

Pedagoo events take a learning conversation rather than a presentation approach. We first ask teachers to sign up to lead a learning conversation and then we’ll open the event to everyone else at which point you’ll choose your learning conversations. In true Pedagoo-style this will not be a series of lectures but a day of conversations in which everyone is encouraged to get involved. Active not passive.

We are delighted to welcome Gary Toward and Chris Henley Directors of the educational training company Decisive Element Ltd and co authors of the Art of Being a Brilliant teacher series as our Keynote speakers. Gary has worked in six schools across the UK from KS2 to sixth form. This has included being head or principal of three schools including taking a school to ‘outstanding’ and co-leading a pupil-referral unit out of ‘special measures’.  Gary has 33 years of teaching under his belt with the last 15 as a head teacher. A firm believer that teaching is the most important job in the world, he feels kids deserve brilliant teachers and school leaders, who eat passion for breakfast, inspiration for lunch and an extra helping of positivity for tea. Gary’s ethos is that all young people can do well and with the right leadership, ethos and support can shine. 

Chris Henley taught for over thirty five years in three different Secondary Schools. Although a specialist languages teacher, he has taught a range of other subjects too. Chris moved on from leading an outstanding Languages department to become deputy head, in charge of developing teaching and learning.  He played a major role in his school being judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.


Gary and Chris will be kicking the day off in style at 10am in the conference centre.

Workshops will begin at 10.40, each one lasting 40 minutes with 5 minutes movement time.  Lunch will be available in the University canteen, or you may choose to bring your own.  You will be able to choose which sessions you attend, although numbers will be capped to make each session manageable.  The day will finish just after 2pm, giving you the chance to stay and network for a while, or head into town for some Christmas shopping!

Programme for the Day

9.30am – Arrival, tea / coffee and a natter in the Conference Centre, room CC004 – There will be people on hand to direct you!

10.00am – Keynote address from the marvellous, Gary Toward, in the Conference Centre

a. Suzanne Lawson (PGCE Secondary Course Leader, University of Worcester) ‘Pedagoo book club. What’s new in Pedagoo? The latest education publications, research and blogs. Share ideas and get inspired to read around the subject….. quickly!’
b. James Siddle (Deputy Head, South Bromsgrove High Teaching School) ’10 No-nonsense Behaviour Strategies’
c. Jenni Wright (History Teacher, Perry Beeches The Academy) ‘Hexagonal thinking and other ways in which shapes can aid students’ thinking
d. Dan Attfield ‘Staying connected: Getting the best out of Twitter in education’
e. Katie Beever  (King’s School, Worcester) ‘Practical Strategies for Academic Challenge in the Classroom’

Session 2: 11.10am – 11.50am

a. Gary Toward & Chris Henley (Directors of Decisive Element and author of the ‘Being Brilliant’ series): ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teacher’
b. Owen Burton (Economics Teacher, Bromsgrove School)  ‘Creating your own teaching brand: using your own twitter and YouTube platforms to engage your pupils from beyond the classroom’.
c. Sue Bedyal (Cherry Orchard Primary School, Worcester) ‘Seeing it from the other side: taking into account cultural differences and backgrounds when in an educational setting.’
d. Simon Colley (Cherry Orchard Primary School, Worcester): ‘Using stories across the curriculum’
e. Sue Rees (University of Worcester) ‘Using High Order Thinking Tools to structure extended writing.’


Session 3:  11.50am – 12.30pm

a. Gary Toward & Chris Henley (Directors of Decisive Element and author of the ‘Being Brilliant’ series): ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teacher’
b. Rachael Stevens (Assistant Head and SLE at Christopher Whitehead Languages College): ‘RHINOs and PANDAs: Strategies for engaging the not-so-endangered species in our classrooms.’
c. Isabelle Schafer (PGCE MFL Subject Leader, University of Worcester): ‘The (wonderful) challenges of a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning.’
d. Wesley Davis (WSFC) ‘‘Embedding flipped learning without reteaching it’.

LUNCH 12.30pm – 1.15pm


Session 4: 1.20pm – 2.00pm

a. Gary Toward & Chris Henley (Directors of Decisive Element and author of the ‘Being Brilliant’ series): ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teacher.’
b. Andrea Taylor (SLE at South Bromsgrove Teaching School): ‘The Science of Learning: How can neuroscience support us in our classrooms?’
c. Duncan King (Academic Deputy Head at King’s School, Worcester: ‘Making it Stick, how to help students learn smarter.’
d.Yvonne Cashmore (PGCE Business and Economics Subject Leader, University of Worcester): ‘Using IPads in the Classroom: An opportunity to explore the use of Apps’       
e. Nick Pilborough (King’s School, Worcester) ‘Flipped Learning’

2.00pm – Brief Plenary and Thanks in the Conference Centre


Sounds Fab! How can I get involved?

This free CPD event will be cross phase, including both phase specific and generic workshops for teachers, TAs and trainees. Please sign up using the form below. Please choose one workshop per session.