CANCELLED: Teacher CPD week - Teaching for independence, a lesson from EPQ

Dr John Taylor will explore how to use EPQ as the cornerstone for developing independent learners.

  • Tue 31 Mar 20

    09:00 - 16:00

  • Colchester Campus

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    Workshops, training and support

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This event forms part of the University of Essex Teachers and Advisers CPD Week

Dr John Taylor will explore how to use EPQ as the cornerstone for developing independent learners. The seminar will explore guidance about successful EPQ mentoring as well as how to implement EPQ style teaching and learning in other subject settings. 

Programme for the day:

9:00am Registration 

9:20am Welome to the University of Essex 

9:40am EPQ as a vehicle for developing student independence

This session will provide background on EPQ, and explore how it can be used as a context for helping students become more independent learners. The session will include discussion of the value of the EPQ and explore models for implementation on the timetable.

11:00am Tea/coffee break and networking 

11:15am Teaching for independence 

This session will explore teaching skills in research and critical thinking as well as exploring how to manage classroom seminar discussions so as to facilitate inquiry-based learning.

12:30pm Lunch and campus tours

1:30pm Successful Mentoring 

This session will explore how to mentor students successfully. It will include discussion of the challenges posed by managing practical project work.

2:35pm Tea/coffee break 

2:50pm Developing a school-wide culture of independent learning

How can lessons from the EPQ help us to promote more independent learning in all areas of the curriculum? This session will look at using IT to support independent learning and explore how independent learning can co-exist with a focus on ensuring students are successful in learning core knowledge.

4:00pm Close 

About John Taylor:

Dr John Taylor is Director of Learning, Teaching and Innovation at Cranleigh School, with responsibility for the development of independent learning across the three schools in the Cranleigh family. He also teaches Physics and is a trained philosopher and physicist.

Dr Taylor works closely with staff, providing professional development opportunities and organising and leading CPD in areas connected to independent learning. Dr Taylor is one of the principal architects of the Extended Project Qualification and other project-based qualifications in the UK. His work developing philosophical inquiry in the classroom is shaping the way Cranleigh approaches teaching and learning.


Registration for this event is now open on Eventbrite.

If any of your staff or students would like to access our Faith Centre while on campus, please let the event organiser know.