2020 Annual Conference & AGM: SASC Authorised

For the 2020 conference, we are doing things a little differently as we are celebrating 30 years of Patoss conferences. We have invited two leading authorities in their given subject to be our Keynote speakers. The event will be held in the Great Hall at Imperial College London.



Keynote Speaker


Professor Maryanne Wolf as the morning keynote will be speaking on 'Implications for teaching from research'

Maryanne Wolf was the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, and the Director of the Center for Reading and Language Development in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development.  Currently she is Visiting Professor at UCLA, where she will direct the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice. She is also affiliated with the Dyslexia Center in the UCSF Medical School and with Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Initiative, which she co-founded. The latter initiative aims to help nonliterate children in remote regions in Africa, India, Australia, and our own backyards to learn to read on tablets.  She is the recipient of multiple research and teaching honors, including the Fulbright Fellowship, the American Psychological Association Teaching Award, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study for the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the NICHD Innovative Research Award, and the highest awards by the International Dyslexia Association and the Australian Learning Disabilities Association. She is the author of Proust and the Squid (Harper), Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press), and over 160 scientific publications.  She lectures around the world, including multiple presentations on global literacy for disenfranchised children at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. We are delighted to have her as a Keynote speaker at this 2020 Conference.

The Panel

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Our morning keynote will be followed by a panel of key contributors for a question and answer session. Comprising Maryanne Wolf, Kate Nation, Amelia Roberts, Jim Rose and Lynn Greenwold.




Afternoon Session on 'Waking up Thinking Skills' with Amelia Roberts

Dr Amelia Roberts:
Dr Roberts works for The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust as the Professional Development Framework Project Lead. She also lectures at Roehampton University as part of the Dept of Special and Inclusive Education, including work on the National New-to-post SENCo award and the PG Cert Autism. She also works on the SENCo award at SENJIT, the Institute of Education.

Amelia additionally lectures on supporting the education of traumatised and looked-after children and has written a number of short courses on topics such as Bullying and Child Trafficking. Her PHD research focused on teacher professional development in schools, focusing on classroom strategies for inclusion. She has previously worked with young people at risk of exclusion from school and both children and adults with learning difficulties and SEN/D. Amelia is currently a Trustee for two charities, one with a Literacy focus and the other supporting young people into education and employment 

Keynote Speaker


Professor Kate Nation as the afternoon keynote will be speaking on 'Approaches appropriate for teaching and effectiveness of taking those approaches'

Kate Nation as Tutor for Psychology, is responsible for making the arrangements for the Experimental Psychology (EP) and Psychology, Philosophy & Linguistics (PPL) students at St. John's. She provides undergraduate tutorials across all three years, covering a range of topics in psychology.  She also contributes to the Psychology for Medicine course. A College Advisor to a number of graduate students in College who are researching a wide variety of topics in psychology and neuroscience.  In the department, she gives a 2nd year lecture course on Developmental Psychology and a 3rd year advanced course on Reading and Language: Development and Disorder.  She supervises postgraduate students working in the field of psycholinguistics (the psychology of language), especially written language.



Lynn Greenwold Address: Lynn will be looking to summarise the day’s discussions in an optional 45minute session to round off the conference.


Additional Information

CPD Values

Please note the keynote speeches will give you 1 hour 30 mins CPD each providing a total of 3 hours SASC approved CPD.  There will be a total of 5 hours CPD throughout the day.

Exhibitors, Sponsors and Suppliers

During the lunch and breaks you can visit the multiple exhibitors, suppliers and information desks which are hosted in the Exhibition Hall.  A list of exhibitors and principle sponsors will be made available before each conference, so you can be sure not to miss out... Take the opportunity to buy books from the Patoss resources library or from many of the exhibiting retailers


PATOSS is calling for research posters which can be displaced during our annual conference. The poster will need to be A1 and will be set up for participants to review during the conference.  The research might arise from either academic studies from MA or OCR type courses where research is required as a feature of the course or from workplace research. If you wish to indicate an interest in displaying a research poster please contact Kevin Smith on ksmith@patoss-dyslexia.org

Local Groups

If you’re a member of a Local Group or wish to find out more about your Local Patoss Group, a Local Group representitive will be available for questions throughout the day and will host a lunchtime meeting which you are welcome to attend.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM this year is held during the lunch break and is your opportunity to come along and see what we've been up to and ask any questions. Attendance is optional


This event is an unmissable opportunity to come together with likeminded individuals to enable you to share experience, best practices and develop new skills. When a subject becomes the “hot topic” then Patoss host a special breakout networking session to address that particular area.

What you get on the day

Other than coming home with a raft of new information and having built fantastic networks, Patoss provides attendees with comprehensive notes covering all presentations and sessions in the form of a conference brochure. The pack also includes information on further events and activities with a few extra goodies thrown in for good measure.


A full buffet lunch, teas, coffees and soft drinks are provided, and we endeavour to accommodate any special dietary requirements if you let us know, in advance of, or when booking your place



08.30am - 9.30am  Registration open, Refreshments and Exhibitors zone

10.00am - 11.45am  Conference opened by Lynn Greenwold, First Keynote Address by Prof Maryanne Wolf

11.45am - 12.30pm  Question time with 'The Panel' - Maryanne Wolf, Kate Nation, Amelia Roberts, Jim Rose, Lynn Greenwold

12.30pm - 1.45pm  Lunch

1.15pm - 1.30pm  Annual General Meeting (optional)

1.45pm - 2.15pm  Dr Amelia Roberts: Waking up Thinking Skills

2.15pm - 3.45pm  Second Keynote Address by Prof Kate Nation

3.45pm - 4.40pm  Lynn Greenwold, Patoss CEO: Summary of the day

5.00pm  Close


Sheila Rostill, Event Co-ordinator

E: srostill@patoss-dyslexia.org

T:   01386 712643

When & Where

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3 Hours

For those professionals seeking to update an Assessment Practising Certificate, this event will contribute 3 hours to the core assessment practice CPD requirements.

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