NATE Primary Matters Conference 2019

Confirmed to speak:

  • (Chair) Paul Clayton, Director, The National Association for the Teaching of English
  • Heather Fearn, Inspector Curriculum and Development Lead, Ofsted
  • Bob Cox, Director, Searching for Excellence
  • Alison Tarrant, Schools Library Association
  • Oli de Botton, Co-Founder of School 21 
  • Fay Lunt, National Literacy Trust
  • Rebecca Cosgrave, Lead Primary English Adviser, Babcock LDP
  • Janet Gough, Associate Primary English and Literacy Consultant, NATE
  • Stuart Rathe, Education Manager, Shakespeare Schools Foundation
  • Katie Farrington and Elaine Walsh, Oxford University Press


Teaching English and Literacy to learners in their Early Years and Primary stage has always been a national priority, and yet earlier this year The Oxford Language Report found evidence of a significant word gap in UK schools. 69% of primary school teachers believe this gap is increasing as time goes by and have warned of the negative effects that poor language skills can have on self-esteem, behaviour, and future life chances among pupils.

Join us in London, in partnership with The National Association for the Teaching of English, for the NATE Primary Matters Conference 2019 to address these concerns head on and review your strategy for delivering outstanding Primary English education. The conference will comprise of a full update on the policy context, the analysis of award-winning case studies, the provision of interactive workshops and the opportunity to hear from sector leaders on their priorities for 2019.

Key Topics to be covered:

  • The latest thinking from Ofsted on reviewing and inspecting the Primary reading curriculum
  • Improving Writing in Key Stage 2
  • Opening doors to a richer English curriculum
  • Impact of the greater curriculum focus on explicit knowledge of grammar
  • Making handwriting an integral component of learning to read and write
  • Life-long readers: encouraging children to read for pleasure
  • Generating meaningful classroom talk about the importance of language
  • Sharing evidence of good practice from good and outstanding schools

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.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

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)

Central London - Zone 1 (exact venue TBA)

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 Elle Monaghan on or 020 7593 5657 for more information.


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