Monthly Archives: March 2011


Conference Time!

Berlin in the Spring, AimHigher & its demise; Back to the future in Keele; any students interested in an international youth camp? An invitation to a review of teaching workforce for the future; sustainable development; learner identity

How will the demise of Aimhigher funding affect HE School partnerships?

Good afternoon,

I’m writing to let you know that the agenda for the 3rd Annual Higher Education and School Partnerships Conference is now available to view here.

Brought to you by Universities UK, the 1994 Group, HELOA and Action on Access will take place on Tuesday 7th of June 2011 at the Westminster Studio, Central London and broadcast on Policy Review TV.

David Willets and Vince Cable have recently provided the Office for Fair Access with guidance for the new access agreements.

Delegates to this conference, will have the chance to hear from Sir Martin Harris, Director of the Office For Fair Access, on the implementation of access agreements, and the obligations and opportunities they present.

Other expert speakers already confirmed, include:

  • Prof. Steve West
    Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England
  • Liam Owens
    Head of Student Recruitment, Edge Hill University and Chair, HELOA
  • Dr Graeme Atherton
    Executive Director, Aimhigher London West, Central and North (WECAN) Partnership
  • Andrew Rawson
    Deputy Director, Action on Access
  • Steve Kendall
    Associate Dean of Partnerships, University of Bedfordshire

You can see the full agenda for the day here

Hear from HE institutions and schools who are leading the way on partnerships, already working together in sustainable ways that go beyond raising aspirations, such as curriculum enrichment, CPD for teachers, and support for the gifted and talented programme.

Save the date if you want to attend, contribute to the conference or become a sponsor or exhibitor.

You can register to attend in person here or if you prefer to watch the event online you can register for a viewing licence here.

If you have any questions regarding this year’s conference please contact me on 0207 960 6845 or e-mail me at

Kind regards

Paul Rushworth
Education Team
Neil Stewart Associates

t: 020 7960 6845

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy []
Sent: 29 March 2011 11:11
To: Pratt-Adams, Simon
Subject: The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2011 (Berlin, 11th – 15th May 2011)

Call for Applications


The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2011

“Hard Vs. Soft Power in Global and National Politics: Innovative Concepts of Smart Power and Cultural Diplomacy in an Age of Interdependence, Digital Revolution, and Social Media”

(Berlin, 11th – 15th May 2011)


Dear Friends & Colleagues,

On behalf of the ICD, I am writing to bring to your attention the next major program hosted by the ICD in partnership with other leading organizations. We are currently accepting applications to attend this program, and I would therefore be grateful if you could share the announcement within your network and forward the information below on to anyone who you feel may be interested in attending. We would also be delighted to having you involved and to welcome you to Berlin.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in raising awareness of our upcoming events. If you do not wish to receive emails from the ICD in future, please send us an email to indicating this.

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2011

“Hard Vs. Soft Power in Global and National Politics: Innovative Concepts of Smart Power and Cultural Diplomacy in an Age of Interdependence, Digital Revolution, and Social Media”

(Berlin, 11th-15th May 2011)

I am pleased to announce that you can now follow the ICD, and connect with our global network, online. The ICD Facebook group allows you to communicate with likeminded individuals across the world, and by following us on Twitter you will be the first to know about our new programs, as well as the latest developments in the field of Cultural Diplomacy.

With warmest regards,

Mark Donfried

Director & Founder

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)

Ku´damm Karree (3rd Floor/Hochhaus)

Kurfürstendamm 207-8 Berlin, Germany-10719

Phone: 00.49(0)30.2360-7680

You are warmly invited to the

ITTE Annual International Conference 2011, Keele University

Back to the Future?

“Back to the Future?: where are we going with ICT and ITE?”

Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th July 2011.

The Theme:

Given the government agenda on Initial Teacher Education (ITE) and the apparent threat to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a subject on the revised English National Curriculum, we have entitled this years Annual Conference ‘Back to the Future?’; subtitled, ‘where are we going with ICT and ITE?’ This will be an exciting opportunity to hear experts’ views and to discuss the opportunities for and challenges to ICT/Computing/Technologies in Education and Initial Teacher Education more widely.

The programme will include key note speakers who are national and international experts in ITE and ICT/Computing, workshops on technologies in education, papers and posters on ITE and Technologies and discussion groups on a range of topics around the future of ITE and ICT/Computing in Education: providing participants with a stimulating three days of debate, discussion, socialising and networking.

Speakers include:

Professor Stephen Heppell – world renowned expert on technologies in education;

Tim Tarrant, – retired (he will be then) Head of the ICT team at the Teaching and Development Agency (TDA);

Kevin Mattinson – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community and Partnerships) and Head of Education at Keele University.

Other exciting speakers are being lined up.

From: Sofia Reimchen []
Sent: 22 March 2011 11:41
To: Pratt-Adams, Simon
Subject: Please Read – International Youth Forum in Russia

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Sofia Reimchen, and I’m a second-year student at the University of Cambridge. I am writing to you in regards to one opportunity your undergraduates and graduates might be interested in. I would be extremely grateful if you could send this to them as soon as possible, as the application deadline is on April 1st. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at

Best wishes,

Sofia Reimchen


(Please note: The forum is held in English)


Building a Global Team

Dear Future Leaders,

Seliger is an international project aimed at uniting the world leaders of tomorrow.

700 exceptional individuals will come together to build an international network.

Seliger offers you:

A place where one makes lifelong friends and builds strong networks among today’s and future business, political, and academic leaders of the world

The Forum seeks to set up a global network to promote mutual understanding, cooperation and education among the young people and to foster conditions for them to work together on designing joint international projects and initiatives.

To attain this goal the participants of the Forum will be offered an intensive educational program consisting of 4 modules:

  • Mass Media and Public Relations – you will publish your own newspaper, develop innovative pr-strategies for real cases and learn to make a state-of-the-art blogs and webpages;

  • Business and Enterprise – with Russian and international businessmen telling you their stories of success and companies giving you business cases to solve you will get an in-depth knowledge of innovative entrepreneurship;

  • Civil and Social development – discuss the most pressing issues of social development with the like-minded committed peers and renowned experts, learn the best practices of the most efficient international NGOs and make a difference;

  • World Politics – add new edges to your analytical framework discussing the future of global development with leading think-tank representatives, career diplomats and researchers; enhance your vision and ability to predict events in order to lead and not to follow in tomorrow’s world

Each module will include lectures and workshops, conferences and panel discussions moderated by the leading experts and researches in each of the above spheres.

Who is going to be part of our team?

Seliger 2011 is open to leaders between the ages of 18 and 35. Young, talented, and creative individuals from diverse backgrounds with one passion: making a difference on a global scale

  • Interested in learning about Russia, utilizing its potential to drive global innovation and develop mutually beneficial cooperation with the international community
  • Entrepreneurial, adventurous, and full of creative energy to develop new ideas, launch new projects, and make intellectual breakthroughs.

So, let us make it clear – Seliger is a camp! In the forest!

Westminster Education Forum and Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar

The future of the teaching workforce


Christine Blower

General Secretary, National Union of Teachers

James Noble-Rogers

Executive Director, Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers


Brett Wigdortz

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Teach First

Full list of speakers below

This event is CPD certified

Morning, Tuesday, 21st June 2011

Central London

Our Website | Book Online | Agenda

Dear Dr Pratt-Adams

I am writing to ensure you don’t miss the opportunity to attend the above seminar. Please note there is a charge for most delegates, although no-one is excluded on the basis of ability to pay (see below).

I thought this seminar may be of particular interest to you as the agenda includes discussion on the future for teacher training, following proposals in the Education Bill to create new ‘teaching schools’. The seminar includes a contribution from James Noble-Rogers, Executive Director, Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers.

Sustainable development

UK Network Conference – 8 June 2011

Keynote speakers:

  • Hilary Benn, MP
  • Professor Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Teacher Education towards Sustainability

I have attached further details, which are also available on

Kind regards,


Amy Godsland

Executive Officer


Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way

London WC1H 0AL

T: 020 7580 8000

Learner identity?

CLIS Conference 2011

Third Annual Conference on Learner Identity
Equity, Identity and Education

Thursday 7th July 2011 – Friday 8th July 2011
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University

The Centre for Learner Identity Studies (CLIS) is Edge Hill University’s Faculty of Education Research Centre. CLIS aims to bring together scholars whose research examines or critiques the socio-cultural context that gives rise to the diversity of learner identities, and the pedagogical conditions that affect and determine identity formation and transformation. This is a printable version of this page:

Conference Theme

The Centre for Learner Identity Studies (CLIS) are delighted to announce our third annual conference themed around Equity, Identity and Education and to invite practitioners, researchers, and policy makers interested in these issues to attend and to engage with and share research focussed around questions of learner identity. Our 2011 conference theme focuses on the ways in which institutions, practices and identities interact and impact educational outcomes and experiences in inclusionary and/or exclusionary ways.

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‘In Defence of Teacher Education’

Dear colleagues,


Please find the url to download the newly launched SCETT conference publication ‘In Defence of Teacher Education’, which provides a unique defence of education as a field of study essential for future teachers. It is addressed primarily to policy makers but should be read by all teachers, teacher trainers, academics and all those who believe that teaching is a profession and not merely a ‘craft’.

There are fifteen contributors to the publication, including Christine Blower (Gen. Sec. NUT), Dr Mary Bousted (Gen. Sec. ATL), Prof. Gary McCulloch (IoE), and Prof. Michael Young (IoE).

Best Wishes,


SCETT vice-chair

Successful project Bid (£5000)

Sue Sentence, Debbie Holley & Claire Bradley (Research fellow at Learning Technology Research Institute, London Metropolitan University)

Balancing the demands of in-school placement with out-of-school study

The affordances of mobile technologies are blurring the time and space constraints placed upon students studying at a distance. This study explores how to scaffold critical learning and document the ‘invisible’ struggles that education students face when expected to write their postgraduate research project while on placement within their schools.

Our project aims to explore the affordances of mobile technologies by supporting students writing their postgraduate projects when they are in a placement setting. It will:

a) Capture the stages in student writing over their placement by the use of filmed individual research diaries (via flip cams).

b) Scaffold student critical thinking by having four 24 hour ‘key intervention points’ where students and staff will have a critical text dialogue tutor-student; student to student peer groups; student to tutor. This will be facilitated by using txtools ( and students will use their own mobile phones).

c) We will capture previously ‘invisible’ aspects of our students’ lives outside the classroom.

d) By analysis of the video diaries and focus group interviews we will identify a framework for key interventions that will provide staff supporting students in other contexts with insights into the key ‘tipping point interventions’ that make a difference to the student experience.

Project website to follow….thanks to EScalate for funding the work.

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Escalate workshop notes


I attended the Teachers Educator Workshop: working with diverse groups of learners in the digital age – key speakers and notes on my twitter stream you can view via the web without having to create a twitter account here:
What really impressed me was the UEL case study presented by Kathy Wright – they do lots to engage pre-entry ITT students using
a virtual school; a survey of last years students showed they had : an online social life; online networks both personal and professional; they stored and shared photos and files; they use online tools to collaborate and create; they expect speed and sophistication and found 10 clicks to the UEL VLE unacceptable. Kathy also talked about the ‘powering up’ of technology by the Obama administration in USA; and New Brunswick (Canada) setting standards for education and ICT access.
Julie Hughes from Wolverhampton speculated on students in 20 years time: avatars. 3D classrooms; virtual staff and students; blending formal/informal classroom and very different journeys into the profession Julie also noted the BECTA 2008 report – only 20% of FE/HE providers ‘fully exploited’ the digital resources available.
The TDA (Tim Tarrant & Claire Moore): European Pedagogical ICT licence (EPICT)- 20 hours plus a 1000 word essay – had excellent results from pilots year 3 plus PGCE students costs £200, .. Sheffield Hallam report this September on how to get an OFSTED ‘outstanding’ by introducing e-safety as part of safeguarding…Dept of Ed offer VITAL E-copyright course
and my favourite talk was by Warren Kidd who does lots of web 2.0 podcasts, video clips etc and his blog pulls in twitter feed, tags the work and lots more

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More conferences and talks


Understanding the Challenges for Disadvantaged Schools & The Winifred Mercier Public Lecture – 30th March 2011

Understanding the Challenges

for Disadvantaged Schools

Wednesday 30 March 2011, 3 – 5pm

Gandhi Hall, Headingley Campus

Launch of the ‘Leading Learning’ project

Special guest speaker Dr Ruth Lupton, London School of Economic

International Conference on
Education and Educational Psychology

19 – 22 October 2011

Dear Colleague,

We are honoured to announce you that; ICEEPSY 2011 will be held in Istanbul on 19 – 22 October 2011.ICEEPSY 2011 full text papers (oral presented, virtual/online presented & poster presented) will be published by Elsevier Ltd with an ISSN Number 1877-0428.

ICEEPSY 2011 already confirmed with participants from more than 30 countries, among them the USA, the UK, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Australia, Greece, China, Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan, Romania, Malaysia and many more.

For being able to register during Standard Registration Period, send your abstract as soon as possible to .

We are Looking Forward to Meeting You in the City of the Cities, the amazing Istanbul.

Best Regards,

Organization Committee

The International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology

PS: Procedia – Social and Behavioral Science, Volume 3, Issue 14, ICEEPSY 2010, Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd, ISSN: 1877-0428 published

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I hope this finds you well. I write to notify you of the first call for papers for the newly established Ted Hughes Society Journal, information about which is given below, and on the attached flyer. I would be very grateful if you could circulate this email to any students, staff or other parties who may be interested. We look forward very much to receiving your submissions.

With many thanks,

Laura Webb
Secretary, Ted Hughes Society

The Ted Hughes Society Journal (Peer Reviewed)
would like invite the submission of papers for its first issue
Rather than offer a theme, the first issue aims to reflect the diversity of
research in Hughes studies which was in evidence at the recent Ted Hughes
conference in Cambridge.
Please visit our website
( and
familiarise yourself with our submission guidelines.
All general enquiries regarding submissions or any other matter should be sent
to the following address:
Closing Date: Friday 18th March 2011
The Ted Hughes Society Journal


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