Southern  Rocks 2019

Last updated:  8.4.19 Cancelling #Srocks19 was heart breaking.  David and I would like to acknowledge our sincere thanks to you all for your kind words of support, patience and encouragement.

@chrisdysonHT & @drewpovey Povey (The return to Manchester series) kept up our spirits with their vox pops clocking up over 80,000 views and inspiring others to get involved.

It is that level of support that has keep us going. We are working on #srocks19 #Pheonix and hope to be able to share more information with you in the new term.


Talking about teaching…

…is one of those things we do best.

The srocks team are working hard to bring about Southern Rocks19 #Phoenix. Our “teachers for teachers” conference has an all-through focus, that welcomes school governors, and highlights some of the key questions around meeting the needs of all learners. The theme remains:

The Language of Learning

Emergency Exits Route Programme OutlineSession Leads

Energisers and speakers

We are thrilled and eternally grateful to our three energiser and keynote speakers, who probably need little or no introduction. However…

Caroline Spalding – pending

AHT and Secondary English Teacher

For her inspiration and support of English teachers up and down the country, we felt we have just the right stage for her to occupy and that you were just the right audience.

Leah Wright – confirmed

Year 6 Teacher

A packed out session last year, with delegates peering in from the doorway, meant we had to promise Leah a bigger room with more chairs… and we do not break our promises, now do we.

Chris Dyson – confirmed

Primary Headteacher

Chris couldn’t join us last year and we wouldn’t accept “no” this year. Nationally recognised and award winning Parklands Primary Headteacher- Chris Dyson will kick start the event.
Inaugural Event 2018

Our first event, Southern Rocks 2018 was such a fantastic event, we thought we’d do it all over again. Southern Rocks 2019 was snowed off. We are working on #srocks19 #Phoenix.

2018 Student Production

Email your PD lead

Getting Your PD supported

What to expect


How to find us

Bing Maps of course

What last years rockstars shared with us…

“Everything exuded positivity and class. The passion for education across all phases and between phases was superb. Truly there was something for everyone!”

Mike Watson
Primary Teacher

“Loved catching up with everyone… and so many more.”

Jules Daulby
Director of EduCATION at Driver Trust

“Southern Rocks was easily my favourite education event / conference of the year.”

Jo Payne
Learner, teacher & deputy head

“SRocks18 was an inspiration. By teachers, with teachers, for teachers. An amazing range of educational areas covered in such a short time. Brilliant. Can’t wait for SRocks19.”

Mike Allen
SLE & AHT Secondary

“Rejigged my SPAG lesson to be an outdoors activity today. The kids loved it and even stayed through their break time to finish. Thanks for the inspiration.” #tryitmonday

Tea for Teaching
Y6 Teacher

“…like walking into some of the best bits of my Twitter feed made flesh… superb, thought-provoking, humane keynotes… witty, real-world teaching and learning conversations… and delicious ice-cream, flavours voted for in the weeks before the event. Hard to beat…”

Alex Bellars
MFL & PE Teacher

“So excited to be speaking at SRocks19! Loved it last year, it was my first time speaking at a conference and it was such a warm, welcoming experience all thanks to @davidErogers and @KristianStill Thanks for letting me come back!”

Chloe Woodhouse

“”I wanted to take the opportunity to write to you formally to express my warmest gratitude to you both for hosting such a wonderful event in Southern Rocks 2018. Speaking on the day was a privilege, and so was having the time and space to hear the voices of so many presenters and attendees. I’ve returned to work today feeling energised and hopeful. Be far it’s the best educational conference I’ve attended.

Douglas Wise
Assistant Principal

“An amazing example of what happens when teachers take their professional development into their own hands. I loved being a room with zealous educators, celebrating and sharpening each other. We need more of it. Make the time for this – it was invaluable.”

Hana Price
Interim Head of School







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