Leeds for Learning English and Literacy Conference and Exhibition

Event Dates and Prices

Friday 11th November 2022



Closing the Writing Gap

The 2022 Leeds English and Literacy Conference will be a day of professional learning which senior leaders, subject leaders, lead practitioners, teachers and governors cannot afford to miss.  The day will be full of innovative opportunities to consider how to close the writing gap and develop writing opportunities for our children. We are excited to welcome Alex Quigley, national content manager at the Education Endowment Foundation. He is formerly Director of Teaching and Learning at Huntington School, York, and author of Closing the Writing Gap, published by Routledge. Daniel Ingram-Brown is an award-winning author, theatre maker and educator, who lives in Yorkshire. He is the author of The Firebird Chronicles series for children aged 9-12: Rise of the Shadow Stealers (2013), The Nemesis Charm (2016), and Through the Uncrossable Boundary (2018), published by Our Street Books.

We are also delighted to be joined by Holly Wimbush, Head of KS4 Literature and Subject Leader of A- Level Language and Literature at a secondary school in Cheshire and Litdrive regional advocate; Zara Shah, who has a Masters in teaching and works as a Key Stage 3 English coordinator, is an A- level language examiner, a Litdrive regional advocate, and supporter of @EngchatUk; Chris Curtis, an English teacher and head of department with over a decade’s experience in education and the author of ‘How to Teach English’.

Our keynotes will address how to close the writing gap for our weaker writers and how to engage children through exciting writing opportunities across the curriculum. There will be a comprehensive programme of workshops facilitated by local and regional school practitioners and independent organisations.

All of this will take place amongst the excellent facilities of the Headingley Experience, Leeds and will be hosted by Leeds City Council School Improvement Team, who have a proven track record of delivering high impact professional learning.

A full programme with workshop details may be found below and delegates are asked to pre-select their workshop choices when registering.

Alongside the Conference there will be an exhibition of education suppliers and those companies wishing to exhibit at this popular event should kindly contact us as soon as possible as space is limited at the venue and stands can only be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Delegate Registration


Headingley Stadium, St Michaels Lane, Headingley, LS6 3BR















The cost per Primary delegate is £200 for those from SLA Schools and £250 for those from non SLA and non-Leeds schools.  Additional full day delegate places from the same school is £100 SLA and £125 non SLA.  The Leading English Training Package schools have one prepaid place. 

Secondary Leading Learning Partnership (LLP) schools have one prepaid places at this event and will be charged at the discounted rate of £100 for all additional delegate places.  Secondary non-LLP and non-Leeds schools will be charged £250 per delegate and £125 for all additional places from the same school.

Schools will be invoiced directly from Leeds City Council.












Event Speakers

Alex Quigley

Alex Quigley

Alex is the author of the ‘Closing the Gap’ series. A former teacher, for over 15 years, he now writes and works with schools on literacy, addressing disadvantage and more. He is a columnist for TES and Teach Secondary magazine.
Chris Curtis

Chris Curtis

Chris has been an English teacher for over fourteen years and a head of department for the last five years. As an avid reader and blogger, he is always looking and reflecting on what works for students in the classroom. Chris is a big believer in finding and sharing practical solutions to difficult problems in the classroom.
Daniel Ingram-Brown

Daniel Ingram-Brown

Daniel is an award-winning author, theatre maker and educator, who lives in Yorkshire. He is the author of The Firebird Chronicles series for children aged 9-12: Rise of the Shadow Stealers (2013), The Nemesis Charm (2016), and Through the Uncrossable Boundary (2018), published by Our Street Books. Daniel has been running creative writing workshops, courses, and collaborative scriptwriting sessions for the past fifteen years, and has worked with many different age groups and communities in both a writing and drama context.
Holly Wimbush

Holly Wimbush

Holly is Head of KS4 Literature and Subject Leader of A Level Language and Literature at a secondary school in leafy Cheshire. She has been an examiner for a number of boards throughout her practice. Holly has led CPD sessions ranging from Rosenshine in the classroom to Behaviour for Learning across the school as well as leading content based sessions for the faculty. Holly has also been an ITT and NQT mentor for seven years – thoroughly enjoying the role as she works to develop the next generation of teachers. As a result, she is now the Professional Mentor for her school.
Zara Shah

Zara Shah

Zara is co-author of ‘Succeeding as an English Teacher’, KS3 Coordinator in English at The Grammar School at Leeds, a Learning and Teaching Specialist for the Leading Learning Partnership, a primary school Governor responsible for Teaching and Learning and a passionate advocate for equity and evidence-informed practice. Zara has an MA in Teaching and is also a mentor and LitDriveUk Regional Advocate for West Yorkshire, a non-profit organisation committed to ‘Better Balance’ and subject-specific CPD. In her spare time, Zara listens to podcasts, drives her three cricket-obsessed boys to trainings and fixtures, and organises themed events.
Zoe Enser

Zoe Enser

Zoe is a qualified teacher and Ofsted’s subject lead for secondary English. Before joining Ofsted, she spent 20 years as a classroom teacher, head of English and Drama, and was a senior leader. She also taught and led media and film. She worked as a county adviser for English, supporting schools with the development of their curriculum, and their use of pedagogy. She was an evidence lead in education, working alongside research schools to support the development of evidence-based practices and support leaders to be more research informed, and worked alongside those developing the National Professional Qualifications for school leaders. Zoe has a real passion for her subject and is currently studying for a second MA in English, combining this with history. She has not ruled out a PhD.
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Event Exhibitors

Ark Curriculum Plus
Leeds School Library Service
Scanning Pens
Schofield & Sims
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