Faculty offers free teacher conferences to teachers of A Level arts and humanities subjects

Faculty offers free teacher conferences to teachers of A Level arts and humanities subjects

Following a successful pilot year, which involved conferences for teachers of English, history and philosophy, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities is this year extending its programme to include sessions on modern languages and archaeology/classical civilisation.

Professor Penny Simons, Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching and contributor to the modern languages conference, hopes that attendees will gain “enhanced, refreshed subject knowledge, and ideas they’ll be able to take back to the classroom and apply in their teaching” from the events.

Based on feedback from teachers who went to previous events, there is clear demand for this type of continuing professional development activity.

Vanessa Clare, Head of English at NEW College in Pontefract, attended last year’s Teaching English at A level conference and described the event as “a rare opportunity for teachers to rediscover their academic sparkle”. Joanna King of Notre Dame High School said it was “great to have the refresher sessions and to be a student again”.

The conferences are free to attend, with lunch and refreshments provided. Delegates will also receive a certificate of attendance to recognise the contribution this activity makes towards their continuing professional development.

Faculty colleagues are encouraged to share details of these sessions with anyone that may be eligible to benefit from attending.

More information on each conference, including programme and speaker details, as well as the opportunity to register online, is available below.

Tuesday 17 June

Teaching Archaeology and Classical Civilisation at A Level


Teaching English at A Level – for teachers of English literature, language, drama and theatre studies


Teaching History at A Level


Tuesday 24 June

Teaching Philosophy at A Level

For teachers of philosophy, religious education and critical thinking


Friday 27 June

Teaching Modern Languages at A Level

For teachers of French, German and Spanish


For further details please contact Linda Billam, Schools’ Outreach Support Officer, Faculty of Arts and Humanities: l.billam@sheffield.ac.uk