The Joy of Play Educator’s Conference 2021

Five day virtual event from 18th to 22nd January 2021

Following on from the success of our 2019 & 2020 events, this conference is for primary and ECE teachers and other professionals with an interest in the use of play as a pedagogical tool for children’s learning. Longworth Education is excited to hold this event for 2021 in an online format to allow wider access to the conference for all interested, and enable our online attendees access to all of our guest speakers.

Celebrating learning through play at school

Online 2021 Conference details

18-22 January 2021

Conference Date

$280 +GST

Registration Fee

Register for the 2021 conference by completing the registration form on this page.

Pay directly via credit card, or request an invoice for your school

Click here to Register

Those attending this event will have access to

3 keynote speakers

Including Tim Walker (Finland), Joseph Driessen (New Zealand) and Jason Gunn (New Zealand)

A live Q&A session

With Tim Walker from Finland, via a private Facebook group dedicated to providing networking opportunities for all delegates of the conference

ALL breakout speakers

Presenting at the event. This is an exciting offer for those who would previously only be able to participate in FOUR breakout sessions at our face to face event. These will be pre-recorded, and available ‘on-demand’ – so no need to be seated in front of your screen at a designated time, unless you choose to do so.

Access to ALL recorded presentations

For a further month after the event has concluded (recordings available until 28 February). This allows attendees to choose when they wish to listen to event material and to re-visit presentations as required.

Access to a private Facebook group

Dedicated to share ideas, network and learn from others participating in the online event.

Speakers 2021

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Keynote Speaker

Timothy D. Walker

Timothy D. Walker is a U.S. primary school teacher living in Espoo, Finland.

He is the author of Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms, which was translated into more than a dozen languages. His forthcoming book—co-written with Finnish scholar Pasi Sahlberg—is entitled In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish Way to World-Class Schools.

Inspired by his work in Finland’s schools, Timothy speaks internationally about play, trust, and joy in education.

Timothy will be presenting virtually and will be available live for a Q&A session.

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Second Keynote Speaker

Joseph Driessen

Joseph Driessen is the director of Education Answers, an International Educational Consultancy based in New Zealand, specialising in the professional development of teachers and parents.

Joseph focuses his research on international best teaching and parenting practices, and is much in demand as a speaker, facilitator, and education consultant.

Joseph has a number of education fields he is interested in, including the importance of understanding the learning needs of boys, the importance of the formation of secure attachment relationships by the child with both parents and teachers, the vital importance of fostering best practice teaching skills in the classroom, and the development of research based behaviour management skills by both parents and teachers.

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Closing Speaker

Jason Gunn

Jason Gunn has worked in New Zealand broadcasting for almost 40 years across both radio and television. As a host, presenter, director and writer he is best known for co-hosting hit show Dancing with the Stars, and game shows The Rich List and Wheel of Fortune.

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Jason got his start in children’s television, becoming a household name with Jase TV and the long running The Son of a Gunn Show, he also then hosted McDonald’s Young Entertainers.

Jason has also appeared in Celebrity Treasure Island, and most recently presented the show ‘You’re back in the room’.

Jason will close the conference with just the right sense of play to end a brain-challenging day.

Speakers 2021

Toni Howard
“Ubiquitous learning, on a wave of change: School vision is amplified through our play pedagogy”

Matua Ngaru School
Tuesday 19 January 2021
Patty Barbosa
“Assessment in Learning through a Play Environment”
Friday 22 January 2021
Jamie Rose Leckie
“A Journey in Leading Play”

Coromandel Area School 
Thursday 21 January 2021
Sarah Aiono
“Real teaching in a play-based setting: What does this even mean?”

Longworth Education
Monday 18 January 2021
Andrew King
“Effective Leadership to Support, Grow & Embed Pedagogy & Philosophies of Play in the School Environment”

Principal, Oropi School
Tuesday 19 January 2021
Janene Huggard
“Supporting Teachers to Implement Play: Perspectives of RTLB, and Itinerant Support Workers”

Longworth Education
Thursday 21 January 2021
Patty Barbosa
“Assessment in Learning through a Play Environment”
Friday 22 January 2021
Anthony Nemaia & Cheryl Kearns
“Play Pedagogy and Collaborative Teaching”

Te Atatu Intermediate & Henderson North Primary
Friday 22 January 2021
Gina Potter & Fiona Lovatt
“The Teacher is Nicer at the Park”

Epsom Normal Primary
Monday 18 January 2021
Dani Lebo
“Whanganui Intermediate’s Forest School Program”

The Eco School, Whanganui
Friday 22 January 2021
Gina Potter & Fiona Lovatt
“The Teacher is Nicer at the Park”

Epsom Normal Primary
Monday 18 January 2021
Linda Cheer
“Developing Literacy through Play: Creating Invitations & Story Tables”

Longworth Education
Wednesday 20 January 2021
Alice Ball
“Meaningful Literacy & Maths Experiences in Play”

Ormiston Primary
Thursday 21 January 2021
Bronwyn Weston & Naomi Kinnaird
“Engaging Conversations: Developing Oral Language through Play”

Ed Connect NZ
Friday 22 January 2021
Stacey Mabey
“Supporting Mathematical Thinking in a Learning through Play Classroom”

Longworth Education
Tuesday 19 January 2021
Alice Ball
“Meaningful Literacy & Maths Experiences in Play”

Ormiston Primary
Thursday 21 January 2021
Andrea Ford & Ayn Harris
“Ready 4 Learning”

Clarity Education & Oropi School
Monday 18 January 2021
Jill Skjottrup
“Transitioning to School: A Deliberate & Considered Approach”

Longworth Education
Tuesday 19 January 2021
Annette Pram
“Sharing a Journey of Play”

Western Heights School
Wednesday 20 January 2021
Andrea Ford & Carolynne Masson
“Developing Learner Foundation Skills”

Clarity Education
Thursday 21 January 2021
Keri Benefield
“A Healing Path through Play”

Play Therapist, New Zealand
Thursday 21 January 2021
Tammy Nepata-Gibbs
“Encouraging the Potential of our Tauira”

Russell Street School
Tuesday 19 January 2021
Ann Langis
“Tinkering/Makerspace in the Play-Based Classroom”

Longworth Education
Monday 18 January 2021
Rob Stevenson
“Creating an Aotearoa Makerspace”

Longworth Education
Friday 22 January 2021
Ann Langis
“Tinkering/Makerspace in the Play-Based Classroom”

Longworth Education
Monday 18 January 2021
Ria O’Regan & Bethany Donnell
“What does Teaching and Learning through play look like in a senior school classroom?”

Willow Park School
Wednesday 20 January 2021
Rob Stevenson
“Creating an Aotearoa Makerspace”

Longworth Education
Friday 22 January 2021
Sarah Aiono & Kate Webber
“Playing during a Pandemic: Balancing play with parental academic expectations at home”

Longworth Education
Wednesday 20 January 2021
Patty Barbosa
“Assessment in a Learning through Play Environment”

Friday 22 January 2021

"I have just had a chance to sit and watch the teaching the key competencies while kids play webinar.  Thanks so much, it was very valuable for me as a beginning teacher to understand ways to be able to teach these in the classroom.  I feel much more confident now to be able to pull something out from my observations of play to work on with the class and how to do this.

"I look forward to more Longworth Education webinars!"

"Your presentation was superb and had me smiling away and laughing out loud!  In fact, your amazingness made me feel quite inadequate!  You will be pleased to know that tomorrow afternoon Room 9 is making 'George's Marvelous Medicine' and my T.Aide is planning to have a magic oven (double-doored cardboard box oven) which produces edible fairy bread once the magical potion is put in!  Let the fun begin!"

"Oh, we had so much fun making Marvelous Medicine! The poor carpet suffered under our creativity though, and we made it into the newsletter this week (because a group of girls were sharing a kids cookbook and made up a fantasy cook-off, telling everyone what group they'd be in and who out of the powers above were going to be the judges) We had a four-group bake off in the staff room, with no-bake fudge/truffle dishes.  The next day The Principal and two Deputy Principals were cordially invited to judge the dishes. Oh, the squeals of delight at the judging! The children all took home cellophane parcels of all the treats.  We honoured Tanvi with massive applause at the end, for taking the book out of the school library and making up the idea!  How much am I enjoying the licence to follow child-led learning?  

"Thank you, Longworth, for all your guidance and affirmation that we are on the right track.  But most of all for leading the charge and changing the tone, under which our children can learn best!  Thank goodness!"