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Research-engaged writing

Wed 23 May 9.30-12
Fri 6 July  9.30-12

This course comprises of four sessions spread over the summer and spring terms with a whole day to launch the project in January, followed by three further half days to ensure the project maintains momentum.  It is for teachers or subject leaders who wish to raise the quality of children’s writing in their classrooms.  Participants will consider the research on what the research tells us about the effective teaching and learning of writing.  Participants will then devise their own research projects, enabling them to carry out a small-scale enquiry with an identified group or class of pupils.  Participants will be able to explore and consider their own findings, as well as learning from the findings of the other course members.  Due to the nature of this project, there is space for 12 participants only.

Cost: £315 per person. All CAT staff benefit from a 10%. Non-CAT staff can enjoy a 10% discount for each additional colleague from the same school. We do hope you can join us!

Annual Special Education Conference

Thursday 24 May

Keynote speaker: Louise Bombèr – well known teacher, therapist, trainer and author in attachment and pupil wellbeing

This is a one day conference for Early Years Settings, Schools and Post 16 provision, local authorities, health and social care professionals interested in creating whole school wellbeing for learning and teaching.  Our Keynote Presentation will be followed by practitioner based workshops throughout the day.

Cost: £150 (£30 for UoC staff and students)

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MFL Conference

Wednesday 13 June 

This one-day conference offers an excellent opportunity for primary and secondary teachers of languages to gain ideas and strategies for the classroom. Whether you are new to teaching or leading languages at your school, or an established teacher looking for fresh ideas, this conference is for you. It offers wide choice of workshops from great range of presenters.

As ever, the conference presents an affordable option for local high-quality CPD.  Attendees at the 2017 conference commented: ‘a brilliant day’, ‘great ideas’, ‘amazing’, inspirational’, ‘fantastic’.

Please ensure you have read the full conference programme and chosen your workshops before you commence the booking process. Bookings should be made via the Online Store

Cost: £100 per person (Early bird cost of £80 if you book before 25 May).

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Annual Early Years Conference 2018: Purposeful Play and Pedagogy

Thursday 21 June 2018

Keynote speaker: Anna Ephgrave, author of 'Planning in the Moment'

Workshops include:

  • The Power of Potential of Block Play
  • Interactive Play
  • Story Scribing
  • Enabling outdoor spaces
  • A place to be, play and learn: indoor environments

Cost: £80 per person. All UniCAT staff benefit from a 10% discount on bookings from 30 April onwards. £60 per person for alumni. 

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Developing Spelling

Monday 2nd July 2018 from 9.30am-3pm, University of Chichester Bognor Regis Campus

A one-day course to support Primary teachers and English Subject Leaders in the development of an effective approach to the teaching of spelling.

The course offers an opportunity to explore the pedagogy of teaching spelling and to create an effective approach for your class or school.
The course content will include:

  • A presentation of key research and implications for practice;
  • The opportunity to discuss these implications with colleagues;
  • The opportunity to explore practical strategies for teaching the content laid out in the National Curriculum, 2014, and for helping children to make progress in their spelling of common words too. These strategies can be implemented easily in the classroom and there will be time for participants to try these out during the session;
  • Time and support for action planning (for Subject Leaders) and/or classroom planning so that the approach can be implemented from the start of the new school year.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided

Cost: £150 10% discount for second person from the same school. Also 10% discount for delegates from UniCAT School.

To book a place or for further details email: with the delegate’s name, Setting/ school name and the delegates contact email address.

Celebrating school-based inquiry/research

Tuesday 3rd July 2018, 5:30-7:30pm

You are cordially invited to join an audience to hear more about the practice-based inquiry/research that is currently making a difference in schools and academies. Building on the success of previous occasions, the University of Chichester, Institute of Education, is hosting its annual showcase event at our Bognor Regis campus and we are delighted to have attracted interest from so many teachers who are taking this opportunity to present and share their work with others.
We are looking forward to an interesting evening. To book a place to join us, or to find out more, please contact

Building on the success of previous occasions, the University of Chichester, Institute of Education, is hosting its annual showcase event during which we will celebrate the practice-based enquiry/research that is making a difference in schools and academies. If you - and/or others - have engaged in such practice and you would like a forum in which to disseminate and share your work, then we would like to hear from you! 

Please contact us and tell us what you’re doing. Following the format of national and international conferences, we are inviting contributors (you!) to submit proposals in the form of a title and brief outline (up to 100 words) that explains the context and theme of your work.

We are confident that the rich diversity of practice-based enquiry/ research will attract an interested audience from a range of settings.

Presentations at the event will be limited to 10 minutes and we will build in time for questions and networking. We are also planning to co-publish a post-conference synopsis of all contributions, which will highlight the good practice that is shared and which will affirm the importance of this work within schools and academies.

Moving forward, we aim to collectively form a Community of Practice; one that meets on-line to discuss common interests and related issues. Please join us…
Please contact Sue Bentham,