Understanding our blind spots so we can make the most of learning


This session will first introduce key aspects of learning based on cognitive science and then swiftly move to research relating to barriers that limit children’s learning. We will look at common, yet unintentional, teacher blind spots such as unconscious bias, low expectations and students’ sense of belonging. We will examine how these blind spots play out in the classroom based on case studies and research in the UK and US. Lastly, participants will learn tools they can use immediately to break down barriers to learning and connect better with all students in order to maximise memory and promote equality.

Across two days, over 250 sessions will take place at the Festival. A full timetable of sessions will be available from late May 2019. Until this point we will only be announcing the day(s) sessions will be taking place.