Cancelled: What does excellent primary teaching look like? An evidence-based seminar on primary education

13th March 2020 : 14:00 - 18:00

Category: Book Launch Seminar

Speaker: Cassie Buchanan (Charles Dickens Primary School, Southwark), Iram Siraj (University of Oxford) and Pam Sammons (University of Oxford)

Location: Department of Education, Seminar Room A

Convener: Iram Siraj

Please note that this event has been cancelled


Seminar Abstract


This seminar features a keynote from Cassie Buchanan, the headteacher of Charles Dickens Primary School and Nursery in London. The school has sustained Ofsted outstanding status since 2008 with its most recent inspection in September 2019. To achieve this, the school believes in teaching the whole child and has developed a rich curriculum for teaching children how to be happy and emotionally healthy alongside an extensive tiered approach to supporting children with barriers to emotional wellbeing. Cassie will talk about the importance of social and emotional learning in achieving high outcomes and share practical whole-school approaches.

Cassie’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion featuring primary education experts.

Finally, there will be a keynote from Professors Iram Siraj and Pam Sammons based on their research into effective primary schools, followed by a book launch based on this research.


2-5pm: seminar

Cassie Buchanan, Headteacher of Charles Dickens Primary School, Southwark
“How to maintain and sustain an outstanding primary school – why children’s wellbeing matters and how to develop a whole-school approach.”

Panel Discussion
Professor Mary Wild, Cassie Buchanan, Brenda Taggart, Professor Kathy Sylva

Professors Iram Siraj and Pam Sammons, Department of Education, University of Oxford
“Teaching in effective primary schools: research into pedagogy and children’s learning”

5pm: Book Launch in Pring’s Café with a drinks reception


Speaker Information


Cassie Buchanan is a National Leader of Education, ex-Ofsted inspector and supports schools across the country with developing an evidence-informed approach to ‘what works’ in the classroom, including behaviour and children’s emotional development.  Charles Dickens Primary School is home to the London South Teaching School Alliance and the Charles Dickens Research School, part of the Education Endowment Foundation’s network of Research School in England.

Iram Siraj is Professor of Child Development and Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford.

Pam Sammons is Professor of Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford.


About the Department of Education


In 2019, the University of Oxford’s Department of Education celebrates the 100th year since the passing of a statute creating what was known in 1919 as the University Department for the Training of Teachers. To celebrate our centenary a year-long series of activities will be delivered to address some of the department’s top initiatives for 2019, answer some of the big questions facing education today and to reveal the advancements the department has made to the study of and research in the field of education. Join us as we mark our 100th year and discover more about our anniversary here.

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