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Wednesday January 15, 2014

NATE's new year starts with a bang

The new year starts with a bang for NATE, with regional and national training events to inspire you and revitalise your classroom practice. From Hull to Bristol, we've something for you!

On Thursday 16th January, NATE Midlands begins another series of its popular writing workshops. Part of NATE's National Writing Project, these run from 7-9pm in the congenial surroundings of the Urban Coffee Company in Birmingham city centre. 'The workshops are open to all teachers, and are standalone events,' says organiser Judith Kneen. 'They are designed to stimulate interest in writing, and provide a support for doing so. No writing expertise is required, just an interest in developing writing for themselves.'

The first session is led by William Gallagher, a writer, dramatist and lecturer with extensive British journalism experience, who writes Doctor Who audio dramas. See the full programme here.

On Wednesday 22 January at the huge BETT technology show in London's Docklands, Lorna Smith shows how students are 'Touching Shakespeare' with their iPads. She's shedding new light on Romeo and Juliet's 'palm to palm' with hand-held devices in the free NATE seminar at the BETT Show. These practical NATE seminars are always popular - come along to ExCel at 3.15pm to find out why.

On Saturday 25th January, NATE North West offers another chance to discover a range of exciting strategies which you will be able to use straightaway with your students. Alison Smith and Amy Newsham bring their creative gifts to Lancaster for a lively morning session on developing active, critical and engaged readers.

NATE North will be looking at writing at their conference, 'Writing - self-expression for all', on Saturday 8 February. This is a chance for teachers in the region to experience the National Writing Project for themselves and join a variety of writing workshops during the day, as well as enjoying  local poet Andy Seed.

Also on February 8th, LATE holds a Talk and Learning Conference at the Institute of Education in London, bringing together a diverse array of specialists to explore the value of talk in learning. Full details and bookings on the LATE site.

And Bristol? That's NATE Conference 2014! Full details will be out soon, with booking opening in February.


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