This workshop session will focus on the pedagogy of dialogic teaching and how creating dialogic spaces in classrooms can enable students to delve deeper into their learning by providing a form of "cognitive scaffolding". Originating from the works of Socrates, who believed that all learning is born from notions of dialogue and that questioning should elicit new thinking rather than probe for set answers, dialogic teaching has proven a valuable tool in raising student engagement and attainment across age groups. Sharing the iconic work of Robin Alexander, and other key researchers in this field, this workshop will look at how we create a dialogic culture in our classroom (and across our school) and how to mitigate the potential barriers and pitfalls that teachers can face when trying to implement dialogic teaching.

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    Pete Henshaw (Host)
    Editor SecEd & Headteacher Update
    Pete has been a journalist for more than 25 years and has specialised in education for 18 years. He has been the editor of SecEd since 2006 and Headteacher Update since 2012. He is co-host of the SecEd Podcast, SecEd and Headteacher update webinars, and writes regularly for the magazines.
    Twitter: @pwhenshaw @SecEd_Education @HeadteacherNews
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    Jessica Richards
    Assistant headteacher for teaching and learning, Oak Wood School, Middlesex