Online Primary Reading Conference 2023

Top level experts to speak at online primary reading conference

Inspiration, engagement and attainment in primary reading are three themes being explored by leading experts in an online conference organised by Services For Education – the specialist education charity.

Speakers already announced for the whole-day event on Thursday, November 9, 2023, are Mat Tobin, Senior Lecturer in Primary English and Childrens’ Literature at Oxford Brookes University; Pie Corbett, former teacher, headteacher, lecturer, and English inspector; Kathy Roe, Deputy Lead Teaching and Learning Adviser in Primary English at Herts for Learning Education, and Sonia Thompson, Headteacher at St Matthews’s CofE Primary School and Director of St Matthew’s EEF Research School in Birmingham.

The conference will be hosted by Emma Mudge, Educational Adviser for English at Services For Education. Emma has more than 20 years’ experience working in primary education both as Deputy Head Teacher and Acting Head Teacher and has been at the forefront of school leadership and improvement particularly in reading and literacy.

Tickets for the event, which starts at 9am and runs until 4.30pm, cost £120 and are available at *Online Primary Reading Conference – Inspiration, Engagement and Attainment* – Services For Education.

For further information:

Public and media relations for Services For Education:

David Clarke


M: 07808 735255

About Services For Education:

An education and training charity based in Birmingham, Services For Education brings music and learning to life. Services For Education employs more than 200 staff delivering music tuition to children, and expert training and development to teaching and school support staff. It has annual income of £7.2m (Y/E August 2021). Part-funded by the Arts Council, England it also has its own fund-raising and subsidised commercial operations.

  • Services For Education’s School Support Service provides expert training and development to teaching and support staff in nearly 600 schools in the West Midlands and increasingly across England, to improve practice and ensure teachers are best equipped to respond to developments in curriculum and policy. As a leading provider of safeguarding education, Services For Education works with 400 schools delivering training in-person and on-line. It also delivers innovative programmes to support the physical and emotional health of children and young people through Health for Life and other community-based activity.
  • Services For Education’s Music Service, one of the largest in the country, works with 93% of Birmingham schools and each year teaches music to nearly 32,000 children – as well as running 97 free ensembles. It provides 27,000 musical instruments free-of-charge so all children have access to playing and enjoying music together and its Youth Proms at Symphony Hall give 4,000 young musicians the opportunity to perform to an audience of more than 10,000. It also runs music schools, has a world music department, provides private music tuition to all ages as well as working with partners to deliver music and choral opportunities to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. Its award-winning Online Music Educational Resource was completed and launched free to schools in 2021 to appeal to a young IT-connected audience attracted to learning online and to complement traditional tuition.

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Services For Education
Unit 3 Holt Court
Holt Street
Birmingham Science Park
Birmingham B7 4AX

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