Judith Stephenson

Session title

Developing Dialogic Thinking and Learning in a SEND context

10:45 - 12:00pm

Workshop Overview

This workshop will take you through our journey as a school – discussing tools and strategies that we have used to support our learners to become better thinkers and more independent learners with a particular emphasis on dialogue.

One way of teaching people to become better thinkers is to teach them how to get better at dialogue.  This workshop looks at the different types of talk and how dialogic thinking skills are learned in dialogue with others and are transferable to different contexts.

The workshop will discuss how a framework that sets some parameters for good dialogue, but which is adaptable to different contexts, may help support talk in the classroom. It will explore a range of practical activities that can be used to help facilitate purposeful talk.


Judith is the Lead Practitioner of Teaching and Learning at Barbara Priestman Academy in Sunderland in the North-East of England; a secondary special school for students with Autism and/ or complex needs.

She has been teaching for 28 years and is passionate about ensuring all students are exposed to a range of metacognitive tools that can support them in their learning and will help prepare them for a life beyond school.

Judith Stephenson