ASCL Literacy Conference 2024

Learning to read. Reading to learn

Hilton Leeds City

Join us for our first in-person ASCL Literacy Conference where our superb programme of speakers will present fresh initiatives and approaches to help you make a difference to the lives of children and young people. 

The event will have a strong focus on improving outcomes for children and young people who are faced with barriers beyond their control, including socio-economic factors and SEND. 

Our speakers include national experts and experienced, practising leaders of literacy who will share their knowledge with you alongside up-to-date research to support and underpin the strategic leadership of literacy.  Delegates will be inspired by children's author James Campbell, and by organisations that can help drive strategies in your school as well as identifying  where to target intervention and why this makes a difference. 

Key outcomes:
  • Up-to-date knowledge and research data on literacy and reading that will help understand the ‘why’ to help you strive for improved outcomes in your own setting.
  • Hear from practising leaders of literacy on how a range of strategies are working in other schools – and know where to start if you are new to leading literacy across a whole school or trust.
  • Identify where to access support, materials and resources that will help you to deliver a more effective literacy programme, especially when considering how to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people.
  • Feel inspired to drive whole-school literacy, getting everyone on board because they understand how literacy and reading supports all areas of the curriculum. 
  • Feel empowered as a leader of literacy in being able to assess what is working and not working in your own setting.

£275+VAT per person
10% discount for groups of two or more:  £247.50+VAT per person

15% discount for those delegates on either the Primary or Secondary Leading Effective Disadvantage Provision Programmes: £233.75 + VAT

08:30       Registration, refreshments and exhibition
09:15       Welcome
Tiffnie Harris, Primary and Data Specialist
09:20       Keynote
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary
09:40       Keynote
The Book Trust
10.10       Reading Across the Primary-Secondary Transition: Progress, needs and support
Professor Jessie Ricketts, Director Language and Reading Acquisition (LARA) Lab
10:40       Refreshments and exhibition
11:00       Want to Fix Reading? Do the maths!
Laura Kay, School Improvement Partner
11:30       Reading Comprehension: The golden ticket for helping disadvantaged pupils to thrive
Marc Rowland, Pupil Premium and Vulnerable Learners Adviser, Unity Schools Partnership
12:00       Keynote
Andrew Hill, Head of Partnerships, FFT Education
12:30       Lunch and exhibition
13:15       Improving Literacy for all through school libraries: research, role models and red flags? 
Alison Tarrant, Chief Executive, School Library Association
13.45       Three Thousand One Hundred and Three Author Visits And Counting
James Campbell, Children's Author
14:15       Refreshments and exhibition
14:35       Keynote
National Literacy Trust
15:05       Improving Literacy: Making the difference for disadvantaged learners
Amy Ford, Deputy Director, Derby Research School
15:35       Closing remarks

Suitable for leaders of literacy from all school phases and contexts.

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Geoff Barton

ASCL General Secretary

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Tiffnie Harris

Primary and Data Specialist

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Amy Ford

Deputy Director, Derby Research School

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Professor Jessie Ricketts

Director of the Language and Reading Acquisition (LARA) lab

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Marc Rowland

Pupil Premium and Vulnerable Learners Adviser, Unity Schools Partnership

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Laura Kay

School Improvement Partner

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Andrew Hill

Head of Partnerships, FFT Education

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Alison Tarrant

Chief Executive of the School Library Association

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James Campbell

Children’s Author

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