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Closing the Vocabulary Gap: A Morning with Alex Quigley

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Exeter Consortium and TSA
St James, Summer Lane
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Various Speakers
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Assistant Heads, Deputy Heads, Headteachers/Principals, Leaders/Managers, Middle Leaders, Senior Leaders, Subject Leaders, Teachers
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Teaching and Learning
Curriculum, English, Literacy
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Introduced by the Head Teacher of St James, Lindsay Skinner, Alex explores the challenges our pupils face in accessing an academic curriculum. He characterises the 'vocabulary' gap at every key stage, before then offering practical strategies to undertake in the classroom, alongside leading on language across the whole school.

08:30 - 09:00 Coffee and arrival
09:00 - 09:20 Lindsay Skinner, Headteacher of St James, to introduce
09:20 - 10:45 Alex explores the challenges of accessing the academic curriculum & the issues which are caused by the 'vocabulary gap'
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break and networking opportunities
11:15 - 12:45 Alex shares a range of practical strategies and ideas to tackle the 'vocabulary gap

About the Speaker
Alex is the National Content Manager at the Educational Endowment Foundation (EEF), an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. Previously, Alex was a Teacher of English, and latterly a school leader, for 15 years.

Alex writes the blog and also writes columns for the TES and Teach Secondary magazines. A published author about teaching English, Alex’s books include:
- “Closing the Reading Gap”
- “Closing the Vocabulary Gap”
- “The Confident Teacher: Developing successful habits of mind, body and pedagogy”
- “Teach Now! English: Becoming a Great English Teacher”

Cost: FREE for SWIFT member schools

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Start Date
Friday 24 September 2021
End Date
Friday 24 September 2021
Closing Date
Friday 17 September 2021
08:30 - 12:45
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