Learning & Teaching Conference



Welcome to the Castle Phoenix Trust Learning & Teaching Conference 2023.


Please scroll down to meet the keynotes and download conference resources.

Growing confident learners by

Leading learning and excelling together

Meet the speakers

Laura Martin

Durrington Research School

Laura Martin is Deputy Leader at the South Downs Teacher Training Programme. Laura has worked in primary education in Brighton and Hove as a Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for teaching and learning. She has been teaching for 17 years, with particular focus on mathematics and teacher development.

Chris Runeckles

Durrington Research School

Chris Runeckles is the author of Making Every History Lesson Count. Director of Durrington Research School, Assistant Headteacher and a history teacher at Durrington High School with responsibility for teaching and learning.

Ben Kingston-Hughes

Managing Director of Inspired Children

Ben Kingston-Hughes is an international keynote speaker, author and multi award-winning trainer. He is also the Managing Director of Inspired Children and has worked with vulnerable children across the UK for over 30 years.

Dave Kirtlan

Accredited Apple Distinguished Educator

David Kirtlan is a teacher with over 20 years classroom teaching, leadership and management experience. Working with schools, colleges and universities, his training has enabled institutions to embed digital learning, through organisational change and CPD, and individual coaching and mentoring. David was asked by Apple to become one of the UKs first Apple Distinguished Educators. David advised the programme, and helped to shape what the programme has become today.

External presenters include

Sara Nelmes – Sherbourne Fields School

Lizeth Gomez – Sherbourne Fields School

Sam Kendall – Sherbourne Fields School


8.20am – 8.45am | Arrival and refreshments

8.45am – 9.00am | Welcome from Michele Marr, CEO

9.00am – 10.00am | Keynote Speaker – Chris Runeckles

10.05am – 11.05am | Session 1

11.05am – 11.25am | Networking and refreshments

11.25am – 12.25pm | Session 2

12.25pm – 1.25pm | Lunch and networking

1.25pm – 2.25pm | Session 3

2.30pm – 3.30pm | Session 4


Workshop 1

1 – Effective questioning for secondary teachers
4 – Effective questioning for primary teachers
8 – Playful Brains
12 – Improving vocabulary through oracy
14 – Transforming Learning with iPad
20 – Let’s clear out the mind clutter
25 – Pupil Leadership
28 – Enabling Experts
29 – Harness the power of technology

Workshop 2

1 – Effective feedback for secondary teachers
2 – Effective feedback for primary teachers
7 – Communication and Language
13 – Accessibility with iPads
15 – Fake IT ’till you make it
18 – Primary Pathways
23 – Shh and let me learn
24 – Catch them Quick with AFL
26 – Valuable for all vital for some

Workshop 3

Middle Leadership Competency
6 – Working with vulnerable children
9 – Let’s make our classroom inclusive 
10 – It Makes Sense!
11 – Anxiety and Autism in the classroom
14 – Transforming Learning with iPads
16 – Using Walk Thrus
19 – Unlocking Potential
27 – Talk like a mathematician
31 – Inclu’six’ivity

Workshop 4

Human Exchanges
5 – Maths in Early Years
9 – Let’s make our classroom inclusive
11 – Anxiety and Autism in the classroom
13 – Accessibility with iPads
17 – TRUST Talk
21 – Live Feedback Love Feedback
22 – Adapt your adaptive teaching
29 – It Makes Sense!
30 – 5 everyday takeaways
32 – Engaging Learners through empathy

Conference Map

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