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Closing the achievement gap conference
2nd February 2006

Education secretary Alan Johnson MP has said that his central aims are to raise achievement and close the social gap. But how do we ensure that everyone is engaged in learning and able to achieve their potential?

This exciting conference will look at how schools can shape emotional environments that give every young person the best possible opportunity to learn and grow.

It will do this by bringing together:
• research on why young people who have the potential to succeed still drop out of their education, or become excluded
• Antidote’s experience of helping schools use emotional literacy to bring everyone on board to improve teaching and learning
• other innovative work from around the country that has used
• emotional literacy to improve teaching and learning
• staff and students from a large secondary school describing how
• they took on the challenge of change
• a sideways view from a commercial perspective.

The day will give participants opportunities to shape these
presentations into a set of strategies that they can take back to their own organisations.

The speakers at the conference will be:
Graham Allen, MP for Nottingham North
Anne Deering, author of The Partnership Imperative
Greg Dyke, former director-general at the BBC
Julie Leoni, innovative drama teacher and researcher
Bruce Liddington, schools commissioner at the DfES
Peter Sharp, emotional literacy pioneer and director of children’s services at MouchelParkman
James Park, director of Antidote
Marilyn Tew, author of School Effectiveness: Support Student Success through Emotional Literacy
James Wetz, former head of Cotham Community School
Danny Worters, star of Market Boy
The conference will be a celebration of Antidote’s ten years of
working to put emotional literacy on the map as a way of improving
achievement, well-being and community in schools. Registration

Closing the achievement gap conference
2nd February 2006


8.45 Registration and coffee

9.15 Closing the gap: the challenge
Graham Allen MP

9.30 Why young people become disengaged
Julie Leoni, James Wetz and Danny Worters

10.15 Using emotional literacy to ensure everyone wants to learn
James Park and Marilyn Tew

10.45 Reflection in groups

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 Feedback and questions from reflection

11.45 Practical approaches to shaping emotionally literate secondary schools
Peter Sharp

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Secondary case study
Staff and students from a large secondary school

2.30 Group exploration of approaches to emotional literacy

3.15 Engaging everyone’s desire to learn
Bruce Liddington

3.45 What we have learned
Anne Deering

4.00 Putting people before targets
Greg Dyke (subject to availability)

4.30 Evaluation and close


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Additional Information

First delegate: £195 Second delegate/Antidote participant: £175