The Power of Pictures conference

14/06/2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Join us at CLPE to be one of the first people to hear the outcomes of our recent research about the value of picturebooks and illustration in developing children's literacy skills. 

Find out how a focus on reading illustration develops children’s deeper comprehension skills, allowing them additional opportunities to infer, deduce, think critically, empathise and make personal connections within and across texts and real life experiences.

Hear from practitioners about using picturebooks across the primary years to provide children with a unique opportunity to learn about structure in narratives in an accessible way, strengthening their knowledge of character, setting, plot, pacing and structure in their own writing.

Across the day, you will have the opportunity to reflect on how your English Curriculum gives children the chance to discover and refine their own voice, in line with the latest guidance from Ofsted.

The Power of Pictures is a six year CLPE research project which has been supporting teachers to use picturebooks to enhance children’s reading comprehension and the composition of their own creative writing. It has now grown into a widely used website of free resources and a research project involving nearly 2000 children across the country.

CLPE Learning Programme Leader Charlotte Hacking will share the summary of findings from our research and investigate the process we have undertaken to ensure that the Power of Pictures is evidence based, transforming practice in classrooms, bringing meaningful experiences to children and improving outcomes.

Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child will give a keynote speech about the importance of valuing children’s literature and illustration and appreciating that illustration is its own language, doing so much more than providing focus to words.

Teachers from across the UK who have been part of the Power of Pictures trial will share what they have learnt from the project and the impact it has had on the literacy of children in their classrooms. The workshops will focus on:

  • Creating opportunities for dialogic talk around picturebooks
  • The impact of working with picturebooks with older children
  • Empowering children as writers through making picturebooks
  • Incorporating visual literacy and illustration in the wider curriculum.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend two of these workshops over the course of the day.

The afternoon keynote will be provided by award winning author Gill Lewis (Gorilla Dawn, Sky Hawk, A Story Like the Wind), who will speak about the importance of drawing as part of the writing process, based on her own experiences as a writer of extended fiction.

The Muswell Hill Children’s Bookshop will be selling a range of high quality children’s books on the day, including a wide range of picturebooks and texts by the authors speaking, who will be available for signing as part of the event.

Power of Pictures Co-creator, Illustrator and CLPE Patron Ed Vere will also be speaking on the day. More details to come.

Registration begins at 9.30am

Webber Street
United Kingdom