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'Collaboration and Connections' RaPAL Conference 2018

Conference 2018

Collaboration and Connections

Friday, 23rd March 2018

University of Bolton

A ‘makers faire’ celebrating our teaching and learning practices, Collaboration and Connections looks at how we use our English and maths to negotiate and build lives, and the role of educator research in making sense of managing it all.

How do we reconcile curricula with our learners and contexts? What projects as individuals and teams do we manage to squeeze through and to what effect? How did we do that? How does educational technology help and what alternatives serve better? What numeracies do we find in literacy? What literacies do we find in numeracy? How does language development thread through all of this? What more can a professional learning community add?

This conference showcases English and maths andragogy and the research practices which underpin our work. Please do disseminate the flyer, available here.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Vicky Duckworth, Reader in Education, Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University and Dr Rob Smith, Reader in Education, Birmingham City University and Director of the Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE), on ‘Transforming Lives

Dr Irene Schwab, UCL Institute of Education, on ‘Learning to Teach Reading in Multilingual Literacy Classes’

Dr Jude Fransman, Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at IET, the Open University, on ‘Practitioner-researchers: what literacy educators can learn from the research practices of NGOs


45mins of presentation, interaction, discussion and activities:

Dr Sarah Telfer, University of Bolton, ‘Talk ‘British Values’ to me! Facing the challenges of implementing ‘British Values’ in the literacy and ESOL classroom’

Rebecca Woolley, University of Bolton, ‘Connected Assessment: Alternatives to a timed test for adult mathematics/numeracy’

Tara Furlong, Designing Futures Ltd, ‘Educators’ literacy practices associated with research-engaged andragogy contribute significantly to improving learning outcomes’

Imran Hussain, ‘Deaf Awareness – teaching numeracy to deaf students’

Judith Rose, UCL IoE, ‘How did teaching adult literacy to people with learning difficulties become ‘special’?’

Stephanie Headon, University of Bolton, ‘Challenges Learners with Dyslexia Face in Maths – an exploration of teaching and learning strategies, and the use of technology to improve metacognition and engagement in maths’

Daniela Bacova, University of Bolton, ‘Who am I as a literacy teacher? Challenges to train to become a literacy teacher’

Cormac Conway, Manchester City Council, ‘Contextualising Grammar Presentations into Employability Skill Development’


An eight minute surprise and on to the next!

Phonics and other scary beasts – what are they? with Clare Higgins
Maths for Learners with Additional Needs with Rose Galway
Using YouTube in the classroom with Steve Slayen
Educators’ Literacy Practices: reflective space with Tara Furlong
Unseen Observations with Daniela Bacova
European Platform for Adult Learning in Europe with EPALE


The conference runs from 09:00 to 17:00. A copy of the programme is available in .pdf format here.

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