Leeds for Learning 2020 Primary and Secondary English and Literacy Virtual Conference

Event Dates and Prices

Friday 13th November 2020

8.45am – 4.15pm


Building an exhilarating English curriculum

The 2020 English Virtual Conference will be a day of professional learning for senior leaders, subject leaders, lead practitioners, teachers and governors and we are excited to be welcoming the following key note speakers:

  • Sarah Hubbard  – Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) and Ofsted’s national lead for English, primary and secondary.
  • James ClementsFounder of education website ‘Shakespeare and More’,  independent English adviser and author of ‘Building an Outstanding Reading School’, a joint project with Oxford University Press.
  • Jennifer WebbAssistant Principal at Co-op Academy, Leeds, blogger, speaker and author of ‘How to Teach English Literature: Overcoming Cultural Poverty’ and ‘Teach like a Writer’.
  • Emma SmithProfessor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Oxford,  Fellow of Hertford College and highly regarded expert on Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists.

The Conference keynotes will address how to design and build an engaging and relevant English Curriculum, considering all aspects of reading, writing and oracy in the context of closing the gap ‘post Covid-19’. 

There will also be a comprehensive programme of workshops facilitated by local and regional school practitioners and independent organisations, including a Teach Meet session, available at this event with full details below.

All keynotes and workshops will be recorded and available to view for two weeks following the day. Sarah Hubbard’s pre-recorded keynote will be available to view from the 6th November 2020 as this will be discussed in the “Making the Most of the Ofsted Keynote” workshop.

The virtual platform provided by Mondale Events for this Conference will include an exhibitors area where organisations are invited to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to promote their products and services to the target audience with advertisements, videos, interactive quizzes, prizes etc.  Organisations and companies wishing to participate should please contact us for further details.



  • The cost per delegate is £195.  Additional places will be charged at a discounted rate of £100.
  • Schools who have a service level agreement with Leeds City Council Learning Improvement Team will pay a reduced rate of £150. 
  • Secondary Leading Learning Partnership (LLP) schools have one prepaid place at this event.
  • Schools will be invoiced directly from Leeds City Council following registration on this site.

Event Speakers

Emma Smith

Emma Smith

Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Hertford College. Her research and teaching interests are in Shakespeare’s reception in print, performance, and criticism, and in early modern theatre. She has published and lectured widely on Shakespeare and on other early modern dramatists. Her lectures are available as free podcasts Not Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean Popular Theatre and Approaching Shakespeare; her book This Is Shakespeare was a Sunday Times bestseller.
James Clements

James Clements

James Clements is an experienced teacher, researcher and education writer who works with schools and local authorities across the UK and further afield to develop the teaching of English. He is the creative director of Shakespeare and More, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes effective English teaching and author of ‘Teaching English by the Book’. An outspoken advocate of reading for pleasure, James has also authored the ‘Building an Outstanding Reading School’ Report, which lays out six clear strategies for making reading for pleasure work in schools.
Jennifer Webb

Jennifer Webb

Teacher, leader, author, blogger and speaker, Jennifer is currently Assistant Principal: Teaching, Learning and Staff Development at Co-op Academy Leeds, and has worked at a number of other schools in West Yorkshire, as a Head of English, an AST and a Lead Practitioner. She is the author of the best selling book, ‘How to Teach English Literature: Overcoming Cultural Poverty’ (2019) and ‘Teach Like a Writer’ (2020), both available on Amazon.
Sarah Hubbard

Sarah Hubbard

Sarah Hubbard is one of Her Majesty's Inspectors and Ofsted's National Lead for English. Her inspection experience includes special and independent schools, Initial Teacher Education, as well as monitoring special measures and requires improvement schools. She is the link Her Majesty's Inspector for Oxfordshire. A qualified teacher, Sarah has significant experience in school leadership. Her post-graduate studies include school improvement and leadership, including the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers. With expertise in English, Sarah was previously a Specialist Leader in Education. Sarah has led an English improvement group of collaborating secondary and primary schools and English training for national organisations.
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