Pen to Paper - A Brighton College Conference

pen to paper

In partnership with Understanding and Supporting Learning

Pen to Paper
A Brighton College Conference
Tuesday 1st May 2018
9.30am - 4.00pm

'Pen to Paper' sets out to enthuse teachers of both primary and secondary pupils, to develop strategies to motivate learners to write. Writing is a complex activity in which multiple skills have to be mastered in order to produce work of high quality. Throughout the day speakers will examine these skills and suggest ways to enhance pupils' performance.


9.30am - 9.50am

Registration and Coffee


9.50am - 10.00am

Introduction & Welcome

from Sue Walker, Director of Learning Support, Brighton College.


10.00am - 11.15am

Hywel Roberts, Author of 'Oops!'

Hywel's enthusiasm is infectious and his talk is both practical and full of great ideas and invention.


11.15am - 11.45am



11.45am - 12.45pm

Rachel Ingham, USL

Think Twice - Write Once:

Developing reflective thinking skills in our learners. Writing is the most metacognitive area of literacy and we should provide learners with the opportunity to reflect and develop their skills. Teachers will increase their understanding of strategies to enhance learners' awareness of ways they can improve their writing within the classroom.


12.45pm - 2.00pm

Lunch & Exhibition

There will be several exhibitors selling specialised SEN and literacy merchandise.


2.00pm - 3.00pm

Three sessions:

  1. Creative Writing Workshop

    Ben Bransfield, King's College School, Wimbledon

    In this hands-on, practical workshop led by a teacher-poet, delegates will participate in imaginative writing activities stimulated by diverse and contemporary voices in literature.


  2. Handwriting

    'Get a grip on handwriting'

    Annerie Smit, Blossom House School (4+)

    This talk will look at the underlying sensory motor skills required for handwriting with some practical advice on how to support handwriting difficulties.


  3. Access Arrangements & SPaG in English Language & Literature for GCSE

    Louise van der Valk, Alleyn's School

    This talk is aimed at Learning Support Practitioners providing guidance into the intricacies of GCSE access arrangements around spelling, punctuation and grammar.


3.00pm - 4.00pm

Julia Rowlandson, USL

'Writing is hard work'

Writing involves merging multiple skills.

This talk looks at these skills and the need to find out where the writer's strengths and challenges lie and suggests helpful activities in the inclusive classroom.



Closing Remarks



Tickets are £75, which includes lunch and an exhibition and can be booked online below, by downloading the form or by emailing