April 28th is going to be a humdinger of a day in Oxford. We have the first #BrewEd in the south of the country, we have a great venue and a brilliant brilliant line up. We hope to have a room full of provocative conversations, new friends, old friends, debate and laughter.
#BrewEd is never about big names, it’s about ideas and conversations, but the names down to speak at #BrewEdFlip are certainly amongst the most interesting voices in UK Education.
Our venue is the iconic ‘Jericho Tavern’, a cracking pub which played host to early gigs by just about every band who ever came out of Oxford. The room we’ll be meeting in has seen performances from Ride, Radiohead, supergrass, Stornaway and many more. The pub serves good pub food so lunch won’t be a problem. We’ll have some snacks on the tables to keep you going between times.
If you have never been to a #BrewEd event you might be unsure what to expect. Speakers will give us a short talk after each of which we will have a chance to question and debate – speakers come ready to be stretched and challenged. We will have a great pub quiz – don’t worry if you’re coming by yourself, we’ll help you find a team – and we’ll finish with a panel made up of some of our speakers helping to put any themes that have emerged through the day through the wringer. You’ll go home with new ideas, new perspectives and new friends.
Tickets for the day cost less than £6, they’re available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brewedflip-tickets-42331814597
JL Dutaut (@dutaut) and Lucy Rycroft-Smith (@honeypisquared) are the joint editors of ‘Flip The System’ a book that sets out a manifesto to turn our education system on its head giving the power back to the people who deliver education on the frontline. They ask us to imagine a system where the Secretary of State for Education wakes up each morning to ask ‘what can I do today to help teachers do the best possible job?’
Simon Knight (@SimonKnight100) is an all round SEN expert, TES contributor and headteacher designate of an Oxfordshire special school. Simon contributed a chapter to ‘Flip The System’ and will be speaking on ‘The Progressive Traditionalism of Special Education’.
Jarlath O’Brien (@JarlathOBrien) writes on behaviour for the TES, he is a head teacher and is the author of ‘Don’t Send Him In Tomorrow’ a passionate and angry book examining exclusion and off rolling with specific reference to children and young people with special needs. He’ll be talking on values and exclusion.
Jackie Ward (@jordiejax) has worked as deputy head in a primary PRU and now works nationally as a consultant specialising in exclusion and SEND. Jackie contributed the chapter ‘Making A Difference – the view from a primary PRU’ to Flip The System and will be speaking on exclusion and SEND.
Phil Wood contributed a chapter on Lesson Study to Flip The System. He argues that teaching’s intellectual nature has been replaced by a simplistic, technical one – to deliver predetermined and packaged materials created by others and argues for a slow time approach increasing teacher agency.
Gawain Little (@GawainLittle) is a local teacher as well as being an executive member for the NEU. He will be talking about individualised approaches to teaching maths through journaling and reflection.
The day will be hosted by Ed Finch (@MrEFinch), co-founder of #BrewEd and a teacher at a local Oxford primary school, and Gareth Alcott (@GAlcottGareth) head of CPD of the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance, Assistant Head and chapter contributor to Flip The System.