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FSD Teaching Conference 2023: Saturday 18th March 2023 details to be confirmed.



Teaching Conferences at Framwellgate School Durham

FSD Teaching Conference 2022: Teaching Reading

25th March 2022, 08.30-16.00

Sjovoll Centre

Framwellgate School Durham is excited to host this event, the first of many annual Teaching and Learning conferences.

The event will take place on Friday 25th March 2022 in the Sjovoll Centre, and will provide a forum for delegates to listen to a range of presentations on the topic of the teaching of reading at secondary level and to discuss both whole-school and classroom strategies for developing students’ literacy.

The conference will be opened by our keynote speaker, Barbara Bleiman, who will be joining us remotely to explore the fundamental importance of reading and to introduce the core themes of the day. After Barbara, we will hear from a range of speakers who bring a wealth of classroom and leadership experience on whole-school approaches to reading, intervention strategies, disciplinary literacy, and creating a reading culture. We are delighted that these speakers will be able to share their evidence-informed practice and their passion for literacy. The full programme is shown below.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite (click here) and include tea and coffee, as well as lunch. If you have any queries, please email


Registration, tea & coffee

9.00 Welcome Amy Smith
9.05 Keynote Barbara Bleiman – Barbara is a fiction writer, education consultant, and English teaching specialist. She works for the English and Media Centre, and received the NATE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching of English. Barbara will be delivering the first session for us remotely, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.
9.45 Whole school approaches to teaching reading Conner Brown (Lead Practitioner for English, Biddick Academy) – How to create strategic readers

Alex Fairlamb (Assistant Headteacher, St Wilfrid’s RC College) – The golden 5: implementing a whole school literacy strategy

10.45 Break
11.00 Intervention strategies Denise Forest (Intervention Teacher, FSD) – Identifying barriers to reading comprehension

Anya Thomas (Instructional Coaching Lead and Teacher of English, Woodham Academy) – A strong start: laying the foundations for reading for pleasure and progress

12.00 Lunch
13.00 Disciplinary Literacy Clare Feeney (Literacy, Library and EPQ, St Thomas More Catholic High School) – Disciplinary reading: principles and practice

Dawn Hale (Curriculum Leader for Languages, FSD)

Jono Carney (Teacher of Art, FSD)

Laura Fox (Teacher of Computing, FSD)

Rabab Gatnash (Teacher of English, FSD)

Jane Laidlaw (Curriculum Leader for Geography, FSD)

14.30 Break
14.45 Creating a reading culture Donal Hale (Head of English, Huntington School) – Classroom strategies to tackle the complexity of academic reading
Heidi Drake (Deputy Head of English, Colchester Royal Grammar School) – The spoken word
Amy Smith (Teacher of English and Head of Year 10, FSD) – Reading for pleasure



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Amanda is Chair of the Excel Academy Trust Board. Amanda became a parent governor in 2009 and has enjoyed several responsibilities across this time including being Chair of the Achievement and Standards committee, a member of the Excel Academy Audit committee, and most recently has been appointed as a Member of the Excel Academy Partnership. Her career started out with the Halifax Building Society where she worked as a mortgage advisor for 20 years, before entering the political arena. Amanda is a County Councillor for Durham County Council, representing Framwellgate and Newton Hall ward. Amanda was formerly a student at Framwellgate School Durham, where she met her husband and many other friends, as well as taking on the responsibility of being Deputy Head Girl. Amanda is passionate about the school and local area and is actively involved in the school at every opportunity.

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