Making Learning Matter:

creativity, investment and challenge for all learners 


Thursday 11th October 2018, London

A Joint Independent Thinking and IAPS Conference

Location: Avonmouth House (etc.venue) 6 Avonmouth Street, London SE1 6NX

Why should children care about their learning? How can we protect children into complex curriculum areas?

Our conference will map out the big thinking around how children can be hooked into learning and that learning be made relevant, important and worth investing in. The day will be led by experienced leaders and teachers, each offering their unique take on the subject, whilst offering time and space for colleagues to consider their own settings. The conference will take the form of a variety of inputs including keynotes, practical session and a Q and A panel. This will be an innovative and informative conference with sessions around pedagogy, curriculum, warmth and optimism.

Audience: School Leaders interested in curriculum innovation; KS 1-3 class teachers; teachers with teaching and learning responsibilities beyond the classroom.

Objectives: A day of cutting-edge professional learning, interaction, reflection, dialogue and optimism focusing on how educators can help children care more about what they are learning. Colleagues will be given grounded examples of inclusive curriculum provision from leadership and classroom perspectives. These will be underpinned with up-to-date research around creative and critical thinking, coupled with credible and usable strategies to take back to their settings

Course Director: Hywel Roberts, Associate Director of Independent Thinking Ltd 

Independent Thinking Speakers: Hywel Roberts, Associate Director of Independent Thinking Ltd, Dr Debra Kidd, Associate of Independent Thinking Ltd, Dave Whitaker, Associate of Independent Thinking Ltd


Click here for more information on the IAPS website.

Click here to book online or call 01926 461507 Helen Wycherley (IAPS Course Administrator).

All schools are welcome (including non-IAPS members)

The cost of the conference is £229 per delegate 
(price includes VAT). 


 Programme for the Day


10:00   Registration and coffee

10:30   Introduction to the day - Hywel Roberts 

Building Investment: Curriculum, Values and Coverage Dr Debra Kidd and Hywel Roberts

An active input, this session will look at the research that underpins an inquiry-based approach to a knowledge-rich curriculum as described in their book Uncharted Territories. Both sessions Hywel and Debra lead today will be illustrated with practical classroom examples and ideas to take back and share with colleagues and children.

11:45  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Dave Whitaker

Drawing on his experience leading schools working with the most vulnerable of learners, Dave will share the strategies and stories of how learning and achievement is most successful when couched in a framework of authentic care, optimism and professionalism.

12:30   Lunch 

13:30   Creativity for Moving Beyond Engagement Dr Debra Kidd and Hywel Roberts

Debra and Hywel will continue building on the themes from their morning session that will be research- informed and demonstrating a thoughtful practical pedagogy that paves the way for exciting classrooms.

14:45    Campfire Conversations based on speakers’ inputHywel Roberts

Using provocations, delegates will be invited to reflect on the sessions they have experienced, what has resonated with them and how the ideas may find life in their own classrooms and schools. Delegates will be invited to submit questions for the final PANEL session at the end of the day.

15:10     Panel with Dave, Debra and Hywel

Taking questions and comments that have emerged from the Campfire Conversations, Hywel will chair this panel and take us to the end of the event.

 16:00   Depart