To fulfill its aim of raising the level of qualifications of teachers teaching in Polish Supplementary Schools, the Polish Educational Society regularly organises conferences for teachers.
Each October during the half term break we run a one-day conference. At least one section of the seminars is dedicated to Polish GCSE and A Level exams. Somewhat less frequently we also run summer weekend conferences, during which participating teachers take part in 2 days of talks, group seminars, workshops and lectures. Free time is useful for informal discussion, exchange of information, experience and ideas.
More information coming soon.
Polish Supplementary Schools Teachers’ Conference, London, 04.11.2017
Polish Supplementary Schools Teachers’ Conference, 14th – 16th July 2017, University of Kent, Canterbury
29th October 2016 The Polish Supplementary Schools Teachers’ Conference, London
Our annual 1-day Teachers’ conference draw a great interest and places were booked within a record-breakingly short space of time. 130 attendees took part in the event.
As usual, the conference comprised of lectures for all attendees as well as group activities for groups of teachers working with specific age groups of students.
The keynote of the conference was regarding Polish pilots’ contribution to the Battle of Britain. The lecture was led by Michalina Zelazny from the Polish Remembrance institute. The facts regarding Poles’ contribution to the Battle are very well known to and proudly remembered by the older generation of Poles living in the UK but not always equally well known to those who have come to live here more recently. At the same time, this part of Polish history is regarded as an important element of young Poles living abroad national identity and is therefore worth revisiting. The lecture, including many archive materials was received with great interest.
Michalina Zelazny later continued the topic of Poles in the World War II during a workshop session with history teachers.
Anna Janczuk from Family Support Centre gave a short speech about various types of support offered to Polish families in the UK by the Centre.
Topics of group sessions included among others: Development of creative activity during Polish language classes; With the help of imagination. The storyline method and its examples; Helping your students understand phoneme, letters and syllables; Planning for the Polish A-Level classes as well as the very important topic of the recent months – the new Polish GCSE specification for which the teaching is meant to begin in September 2017 .
The Polish Supplementary Schools Teachers’ Conference at the Polish Social and Cultural Association in London, 9th of July 2016
This year’s first Teachers’ Conference was held on the 9th of July 2016 at the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith, London. The event was attended by 120 teachers of Polish Supplementary Schools from all parts of the United Kingdom. We would like to thank you all for attending.
The conference programme was divided into 3 groups – the first one for early years teachers, the second one for teachers in charge of students between the ages of 10 and 13, and the last one for teachers preparing students for the GCSE and A-Level exams.
The conference began with a lecture for all the participants, followed by Antony Lishak’s presentation on his project “Learning from the Righteous.” The lectures and activities that followed were given on subjects such as: possible modifications within the GCSE Polish language examinations, the methodology of teaching writing skills at A-Level, how to teach history in an interesting manner, supporting the development of a supplementary school student’s cultural identity, a biographical novel for young readers, creative teaching methods, or the fairytale therapy. The conference programme can be found here (in Polish).
We would like to thank all the attendees for the very positive response and all the kind words left in the evaluation forms. All comments will be taken into account when planning our next conferences.
Please see some of the comments below:
• “All the group lectures were of great importance and were conducted in a very clear, creative and helpful way.”
• “The lecturers prepared a very interesting material on a high, professional level.”
• “The knowledge was passed on incredibly well.”
• “The conference was conducted in a really interesting way and stimulated our senses.”
You can view the conference proceedings here (in Polish).
A photo gallery from the conference can be found here.
The Polish Supplementary Schools Teachers’ Conference at the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith, London, 31st of October 2015
The annual Teachers’ Conference organised by the Polish Educational Society was held on the 31st of October 2015 at the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith, London. The event was attended by 130 teachers of Polish Supplementary Schools from all around the UK. Thank you to all for taking part.
The programme of this year’s conference was divided into three sections for the sessions in the morning and three for the afternoon sessions.
We have decided to divide the groups of attendees in a different way then we usually do. The focus on this occasion was not on the age group taught but instead we gave the delegates the opportunity to choose, which topics interest them the most and sign up for the seminars accordingly.
The Conference programme (in Polish) included topics such as Drawing the comparison between the two education systems: Polish and British; How to best help develop bi- and multi-lingual students their language skills; Understanding multiculturalism; Education through movement; Converting the teaching qualifications acquired in Poland for teachers wishing to continue teaching in Great Britain, Tools supporting the efficient planning for teachers, The analysis of mistakes most commonly made in the writing components of Polish A-Level exams and others.
You can view the conference proceedings here (in Polish).
The Polish Supplementary Schools Teachers’ Conference at University of Kent, Canterbury, 10th – 12th of July 2015
This year’s biannual edition of the Polish Supplementary School Teachers’ Conference was hosted on the 10th – 12th of July 2015 at the University of Kent – Canterbury Campus. The 2-day event was attended by 130 teachers representing 25 schools across the UK and featured collective seminars as well as smaller workshops and classes aimed at teachers working within the various age-groups: Primary, Ages 10-13 up to GCSE and A-Level candidates. The subjects centered around specific teaching methods as well as examining the broader context of teaching, for example Teacher-Parent communication methods and practicalities of assessing dyslexia within the British education system. You can view the full conference programme here (in Polish).
The conference was part-funded by the Polish Ministry of Education, under a project entitled: “Supporting Polish supplementary education through teacher training programmes and organising summer camps and other vacation activities for children and young people”. The project is jointly managed by the Polish Educational Society and “Education for Democracy” Foundation.
The conference proceedings can be found here (in Polish).
Polish Supplementary Schools’ Teachers’ Conference at the Polish Social and Cultural Centre in London, 8th November 2014
This year’s conference featured, as usual, some talks for the whole group of attendees as well as workshops and classes addressed to smaller groups of teachers teaching various age-groups. The presentations were regarding teaching methods as well as important contexts of teaching, such as bilingualism, cultural identity or speech problems. Talks were given by renowned specialists working in the UK as well as guest-speakers from Poland. Every attendee has received an information pack. Some of the conference proceedings will be published on this website shortly. You can view the full conference programme here (in Polish).
Please see the conference proceedings here (in Polish)
The Polish Saturday Schools Teachers’ Conference at the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith, London, 26th of October 2013
The annual Teachers’ Conference organised by the Polish Educational Society was held on the 26th of October 2013 at the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith, London. The event was attended by 120 teachers of Polish Saturday Schools. Thank you to all for taking part.
The programme of this year’s conference was divided into three sections: early learning, teaching children aged 10 – 13 years and teaching GCSE and A- levels in Polish candidates. The Conference programme also included topics such as speech therapy diagnosis, learning through play, issues of bilingualism and planning work with candidates for GCSEs and A-levels.
Due to unpredicted circumstances we had to cancel workshops led by the specialist from ORPEG, Jolanta Studzińska. Instead, Eva Goddard gave a presentation regarding Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Elżbieta Kardynał led a workshop on planning the classes as well as linking the work of a supplementary school with child’s mainstream education.
The workshops led by Jolanta Studzińska will be re-scheduled for a later date.
Please see the conference proceedings here (in Polish).
The Polish Saturday Schools Teachers’ Conference at University of Surrey, Guildford, 13th -14th of July 2013
On the 13th -14th of July 2013 at University of Surrey took place the two-days conference for Teachers of Polish Saturday Schools.
The conference included activities dedicated to children at all levels of education. The event featured excellent speakers, specializing in various aspects of the education of children and youth of Polish origin who live outside Poland, in their mother tongue. Some of the workshops were also led by Polish Saturday Schools’ teachers with many years of experience. We’ve had visitor-speakers from such organisations as: Centre for the Development of Polish Education Abroad (ORPEG), the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), University of Silesia (Uniwersytet Śląski), Polish University in Exile (PUNO) and the University of South Wales. The programme of this year’s conference included a whole section dedicated to the problems of working with bilingual children, including issues such as the formation of the correct pronunciation of the Polish language, dyslexia, relationships and processes while learning two languages at the same time by the child.
The conference proceedings are available here (in Polish).
The Annual Teachers’ Conference, London, 27th of October 2012
The annual Teachers’ Conference organised by the Polish Educational Society was held on 27th October 2012 in the White Eagle Club in Balham, London. Activities were divided between 4 sections. The opening lecture, entitled “Poland and the Soviet Empire, 1944-1989/91”, was delivered by Dr Richard Butterwick of University College London.
The Programme offered a series of workshops, including one under the heading “Education through Motion” which covered the teaching of the Polish language, methods of teaching history and inspirational methods of teaching varied year groups.
Other activities included a session on speech therapy and the presentation of Piotr Uzarowicz’s film “The Officer’s Wife” by members of the Kresy-Siberia Foundation.
An important part of the conference was the session on GCSE and A Level exams. This year for the last time, AQA examiners were able personally to share their many years of experience with Polish émigré teachers. The new regulations introduced by AQA will no longer allow examiners to have contact with teachers in a training context.
The conference was very well attended: over 180 teachers took part in a series of lectures, workshops and talks. Heartfelt thanks to all speakers and participants!
The conference proceedings are available here (in Polish).