NATE Primary Matters Conference 2019

Confirmed to speak:

  • Janet Gough, Editor for Primary Matters magazine, Primary English and Literacy Consultant, NATE
  • Heather Fearn, Inspector Curriculum and Development Lead, Ofsted
  • Francesca Ellis, Creative Manager, Shakespeare Schools Foundation
  • Rebecca Cosgrave, Lead Primary English Adviser, Babcock LDP
  • Katie Farrington and Elaine Welsh, Oxford University Press
  • Alison Tarrant, CEO, Schools Library Association
  • Bob Cox, Director, Searching for Excellence
  • Oli de Botton, Co-Founder of School 21 
  • Fay Lunt, National Literacy Trust

Sponsors and supporters:



Earlier this year The Oxford Language Report found evidence of a significant word gap in UK schools, which 69% of primary school teachers believe is steadily increasing. Teaching English and Literacy to learners in their Early Years and Primary stage has always been a national priority, and with the new Ofsted criteria coming into play in 2019 there is renewed urgency to tackle this issue head on.

Join us in London, in partnership with The National Association for the Teaching of English, for the NATE Primary Matters Conference 2019 to review your strategy for delivering outstanding Primary English education. Hear from Ofsted and other experts within the field on how to get the most out of your English Curriculum.

Key Topics to be covered:

  • The latest policy thinking from Ofsted on reviewing and inspecting the Primary reading curriculum
  • Improving Writing in Key Stage 2
  • Impact of the greater curriculum focus on good grammar
  • Generating meaningful classroom talk about the importance of language
  • Sharing evidence of good practice from 'good' and 'outstanding' schools
  • Using literacy skills to boost self-esteem and improve future life chances for your pupils

About the day:

The morning session will focus on the analysis of award-winning case studies and participation in interactive workshops to help boost your current school system. You will be able to choose two workshops out of a possible six.

The afternoon session will comprise of a full update on the policy context and the opportunity to hear from sector leaders on their priorities for 2019.

We will provide morning refreshments and a networking lunch. Please let us know about any special needs or dietary requirements.

Please click here to view the full agenda.

Who Should Attend?

You will join a range of education stakeholders including, but not limited to: Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Literacy Co-ordinators, English Leads, Teachers, Local Authority Representatives and anyone involved or interested in English Primary education.

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Tuesday 12th February 2019

9.00am - 3.45pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each


Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each


Above prices exclude VAT


NATE members discount: 20%Please contact Annaliza Battiston on or 020 7593 5657 for more information.


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