Saturday School 2014

Oxford Education Society Saturday School
7th June 2014

For many children today, digital experiences with multiple devices are the defining characteristic of their everyday literacy and life experiences.

The 55 participants in this event came from a wide variety of early years and IT professional backgrounds. They included early years specialists from Oxfordshire and Surrey County Councils, Luton and Southend-on-Sea Borough Councils; academics and researchers from the Universities of Middlesex, Reading, Wolverhampton, Verona, Oxford, Chester, Sheffield, Oxford Brookes, the Open University, the Institute of Education and the City of London College; teachers and governors from Madeley and Highters Heath Nursery Schools and Witney CP and Magdalen College Schools.

Also present were representatives from independent providers and companies interested in the topic of the day – Bright Horizons, the TTS Group (who generously provided us with ‘goody bags’ to give out), Gazoob and Booktrust. Ten students from the Department of Education, the Open University and Leeds Metropolitan University took advantage of the student bursaries offered by the OES.

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There were four keynote presentations and two interactive sessions to enable all participants to discuss and share their experiences.


Download the programme
Download abstracts and speakers’ biographies
See the article in Nursery World on this event

Discussion panel members

  • Rosie Flewitt, Department of Early Years and Primary Education, Institute of Education
  • Justine Hodgkinson, Head of Early Years, Booktrust
  • Gulzar Kanji, International Literacy Consultant and member of SPOKES project team, Department of Education
  • Mary Wild, Head of School of Education, Oxford Brookes University

Some feedback from participants

“Thank you very much for organising such an excellent conference on Saturday. It was lovely to share ideas and discussion about digital technologies and find out more about current thinking”.

“Thank you so much for greeting me and making this conference so interesting with Natalia, Maria, the panelists and delegates today. As a mother, I have increased happiness and confidence as to how technology will enhance not only literacy but many areas of development and unforeseen avenues to explore. It is so encouraging to have witnessed the research that has been done, the proposed ways in which it can be expanded and applied to everyone. I am very community focused and the Saturday School really welcomed me and provided us all with a interesting, productive and rewarding day! Thank you!”

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