Secondary English Conference 2024 “Building the Plane While Flying.” Engaging with the new English syllabuses

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Friday 7 June 2024

Looking for ideas and inspiration to help you navigate not one but two new syllabuses?

The CPL Secondary English Conference team returns in 2024 with a full day dedicated to:

  • Exploring approaches, ideas and resources to enrich your implementation of the new English syllabuses. 
  • Discussion on how practicing teachers have re-purposed texts and programs to match the new 7-10 syllabus. 
  • An exploration of Youth Culture texts and ideas to connect and engage Stage 4 and 5 students.
  • Hearing from First Nations teachers to help us navigate new areas of the syllabuses.
  • Building teacher confidence and competence in teaching texts authored by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Engaging Stage 4, 5 and 6 students with wonderful texts by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors.  
  • Examining some key features of the draft Stage 6 English syllabus.
  • A USB full of resources and ideas.
  • Opportunities to browse latest texts
Surry Hills

Friday, 7 June 2024

Federation House

23-33 Mary St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

$275 for the day

“Inspiring and realistic presenters with excellent text recommendations.”

“I love CPL conferences. They are so unpretentious and get straight to the heart/reality of teaching.”

“Just please keep doing these conferences; they are invaluable.”

“Always a great PL day – always leave with new ideas.”

“Engaging presenters and valuable, relevant content.”

“Sense of sharing, being amongst people with common goals.”

“Thank you so very much for imparting your knowledge, your expertise and love of everything English!”

“Thank you for continuing to bring us together at this conference.”

Jane Sherlock is an experienced, enthusiastic and passionate public education teacher of English for over 40 years. 

Currently, Jane is the NSW English Teachers’ Association manager of  HSC student days which are run throughout the year. 

Jane is a regular presenter throughout the state on areas of the HSC and has a wide involvement in the development and implementation of syllabuses and courses. 

Jane is also an author of a number of English textbooks, including the national award-winning Oxford HSC English. 

Deb McPherson is a reader, author and lover of books. She is an English teacher who has spent 30 years as a classroom teacher, Head Teacher, Deputy, BOS Curriculum Officer and DET Manager of English as well as lecturing and tutoring at tertiary institutions.  

She spent many years on the committee selecting the HSC texts and for a decade reviewed texts for English classrooms in AATE’s English in Australia. 

Jowen Hillyer is currently a Curriculum Advisor with the Department of Education in HSC strategy.

She has been a teacher, head teacher and teacher educator for 28 years, with experience in both rural and disadvantaged public schools . Most recently at Aurora College, the Department of Education’s first selective virtual school for rural and remote students (7-10) and remote students in Stage 6.  Jowen also spent 3 years as an Associate Lecturer at The University of Sydney in English method.

She has regularly contributed to the Journal of Professional Learning, CPL podcasts and recently has had a peer reviewed article published on post pandemic teaching in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Jowen has resumed her doctoral studies (after a long hiatus)  with her PhD topic exploring AI/pre-purchased resources vs experiential teaching for Stage 6.

Rosemary Henzell is currently Head Teacher English at Canterbury Girls High School. She has contributed to the Journal of Professional Learning as well as CPL podcasts, and has been published in the Journal for Adolescent and Adult Literacy. She has a keen interest in Load Reduction Instruction as a means to manage cognitive load and Project Zero’s work in Creating Cultures of Thinking.

Steve Henry is currently Head Teacher of English at Cherrybrook Technology High School and has taught senior English for many years. Steve has been the Supervisor of Marking in the Texts and Human experiences module.  

He has been involved in writing study guides and articles for the Sydney Morning Herald and the ETA on a range of HSC topics. Steve has a love for creative and innovative writing.

Emma Chapman is an English and History secondary teacher and a NSW Teachers Federation member. Emma is a proud  Kamilaroi woman.

Jenny Moes is an English and History secondary teacher and a NSW Teachers Federation Officer. Jenny is a proud Wiradjuri woman who works on Gadigal and Darkinjung land.

Jackson Parkes is an English and History secondary teacher and a NSW Teachers Federation member. Jackson is a proud Ngemba  man.