A range of experts from throughout the sector


Julia Smith 
Developing long term memory to secure a high grade in GCSE Maths

The fundamental basics of maths - from Times tables to BIDMAS.


Moving maths from the Short term memory to the Longer term memory

Habit forming and #DailyMaths.

The workshop will be supported by a padlet of resources specific to the session.

Russell Stannard
Using digital skills to enhance the classroom

Making Teaching and Learning more Engaging and Student Centered.

In this highly practical talk, Russell will provide a basic set of principles he uses to make his lessons as engaging and student centered as possible. He will then demonstrate these ideas through a series of practical ideas drawn from him own teaching and learning and ideas provided by the 65,000 teachers who follow him on YouTube. A session full of practical tips with a focus on key technologies that support a more student centered form of delivery.

Helen Hewlett
Developing long term memory to secure a high grade in GCSE English

As a highly experienced trainer, writer and educational assessor, Helen's session will explore some strategies for developing long term memory to secure a high grade in GCSE English.

Helen will cover some of the proven research methods for achieving this and will explain how these can be adapted to work in the classroom to help learners achieve their best.

Trevor Hewlett
Breaking down barriers, reducing anxiety and building resilience to support ‘resit’ learners for their first exam

Informed by his leadership experience, Trevor's session will examine some of the tools and methods used to review, build and instil grit and resilience into English programs.  He will reflect on how this could be integrated into maths teaching also.  

The session will review the impact of teacher talk and how student motivation can be hugely increased by teachers making a conscious and deliberate effort to change the language they use to challenge and support their students.  He will reflect on how this approach can lead to a more honest, open dialogue of shared experiences between student and teacher.  He will explore how this approach has impacted his teaching teams and how it contributed to improved student outcomes for GCSE English learners.

Jonny Kay
Introducing students back into the classroom and promoting positive behaviour – session brought to you by NCFE

In this session, Jonny will showcase easily applied strategies to develop and maintain a positive classroom environment. The session will also look at the drivers for behaviour and how to deal with challenging behaviours using low-challenge, high-impact practical approaches.

Sunil Naphray
Supporting adult learners with functional skills – session brought to you by NCFE

To offer fresh ideas and innovative approaches to support the acceleration of learning in English and mathematics for adult learners on post-16 Functional Skills programmes.

Rebecca Matthews
Discussion facilitated by partner colleges around English and maths

Rebecca will facilitate a discussion amongst delegates around English and mathematics, supporting the sharing of ideas and best practice and allowing delegates to test ideas and learn from the experience of others. The topics discussed will be informed by you.


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Julia Smith

Julia is an active maths author working in the sector; you may know her work with the ETF and from publications with Cambridge University Press, Harper Collins and BBC Bitesize. Julia has worked in the sector as a teacher and teacher trainer, and is a post-16 GCSE/Functional Maths specialist. She also runs the 5Rs.co.uk research project and is a Shine Award winner. Julia describes herself as a ‘rabid tweeter’ – you can follow Julia @tessmaths.

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Jonny Kay

Head of Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Newcastle College, Jonny has previously worked as a Teacher, Second and Head of English in the Secondary sector, before working as Head of English and maths in two colleges in the North East. As part of his previous roles, Jonny led a team which was nominated for a TES FE Award and achieved the best FE maths results in England in 2019. Jonny also works as an examiner, Lead English Expert for a major exam board and has spoken at a number of conferences and national events about English and maths and teaching, learning and assessment. His award-nominated book, ‘Improving English and Maths in Further Education: A Practical Guide’, was released in June 2021.

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Rebecca Matthews

Rebecca Matthews is Assistant Principal at Stockton Riverside College.  An experienced practitioner and leader in the FE sector, supporting colleges to transform underperforming English and mathematics.  Passionate about education, she is the Director of a free school, Governor in a local secondary school and has previously been the appointed chair of the regional English, maths and ESOL action group.  Rebecca has been part of the me+ team, working collaboratively with other leaders from local colleges to deliver what has now become a national event.

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Russell Stannard

Russell is a multi-award-winning Educational Technologist and founder of www.teachertrainingvideos.com. He has received awards from the British Council, the Times Higher and the University of Westminster for his work in the use of ICT in education. He was previously a Principal Educational Technologist at the University of Warwick and the University of Westminster and his popular newsletter has over 25,000 subscribers and his YouTube channel has 35,000 subscribers.

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Sunil Naphray

Sunil Naphray is a multi-modality, highly skilled practitioner and freelance consultant with wide ranging cross-sector experience over 28 years. He has excellent proven abilities in teaching, training, writing, coaching, assessment, research, consultancy, leadership and management having worked in the post-16 sector, schools, higher education, voluntary and community and offender learning. Sunil currently writes and delivers a range of CPD courses for the post-16 sector on behalf of the Education Training Foundation (ETF) including Level 5 courses in Teaching Functional Skills Mathematics and GCSE English language. He also teaches GCSE and Functional Skills in maths and English including 11+ grammar school preparation courses. As a qualified practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy (ACCPH accredited), he also supports clients with mental health issues which impact on teaching, learning, work, business and general well-being. He has produced many podcasts on developing the subconscious mind, growth mindset and appeared as a guest speaker on ‘Biz Breakfast’ (LinkedIn) and the Sikh Channel. Sunil is also an examiner in Speech, Debating and Language for the English Speaking Board (ESB) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton.

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Helen Hewlett

Helen Hewlett is an experienced Education Consultant. Helen currently works as an English Consultant for Stoke on Trent's Opportunity Area Programme, as a Mentor on a variety of OTLA projects, as a Consultant for The University of Surrey and lastly, for the ETF as a Writer and Trainer on their current suite of English courses.  Helen has held roles as a Principal Examiner for AQA, Lead Assessment Writer, Presenter for PiXL, has collaborated widely with many online resources platforms, and works nationally as a Trainer and Consultant. Helen is also Chair of Governors at a nearby school to her hometown of Market Bosworth.

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Trevor Hewlett

Trevor Hewlett is an experienced leader within the Post-16 Sector and has worked with several FE Colleges to embed cross-college cultural improvements and attitudes towards English, maths and ESOL. As a former Vice Principal he supported colleagues to adopt an action research approach to improve their practice and to guide reflective activities leading to personalised CPD programs.  


He has worked with colleagues from across the sector and was an early advocate of the Focussed 15 and 5R models of delivering GCSE mathematics, and his Functional Skills English and maths results were the best in the country.  He has hosted two national conferences in collaboration with the Education and Training Foundation which led to the publication of a Best Practice Guide for English and maths delivery and the development of a webpage to support the Conferences, details can be found here: https://allaboutme.wsc.ac.uk/


He has also chaired the English, maths and ESOL managers group for the Eastern Region. He has spoken at numerous regional and national events sharing his approach to building successful English and maths teams.