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Embracing the challenges of teaching in KS1, these specialist courses and twilights offer a range of CPD opportunities for those new into this phase and more experienced teachers -drawing on inspiring case studies and packed with practical ideas and strategies to maximise learning across the curriculum

Also, to support colleagues moving into KS1 in September, we are leading a package of three day courses specifically designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills that underpin effective practice. Be sure to secure places as courses start at the end of this term.

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Summer 2017

From One Small Thing: Planning Inspirational Challenges for Y1 – Northern Centre Twilight 05 Jul £35.00

From One Small Thing: Planning Inspirational Challenges for Y1 – Northern Centre

Course description

As children move from the EYFS into Y1, challenging them to think about what if, how and why is critical to their cognitive development. We need to ensure that we provide meaningful and exciting opportunities for them to question, share ideas, predict and hypothesise.

Drawing on case studies, this new, hands-on twilight will explore diverse ways that teachers in Y1 can successfully stretch children’s thinking, offering them challenges that fire their imagination and help them develop their problem solving skills. Come along to be challenged and inspired!

Benefits

  • An understanding of the relationship between challenge and cognitive development.
  • Practical strategies to successfully introduce challenge into the classroom, indoors and outdoors.
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience HLTA’s, TA’s and Teachers in EY
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 5th July, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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Autumn 2017, Spring & Summer 2018

Moving Into Y1: Getting Off to a Flying Start Three Day Aut term £450.00

Moving Into Y1: Getting Off to a Flying Start

Course description

Learning is not separated by fixed boundaries of time. In Y1 it is essential that practice offers continuity from the EYFS and that the learning experiences provided offer sufficient challenge for all children to make progress. This three day course has been specifically designed to enable teachers new to working with this exciting year group to consider how to successfully develop quality and inspirational provision which enriches curriculum delivery.

This in-depth course will provide delegates with the opportunity to review their current practice and address the issue of balance between children’s self-initiated learning and adult-led learning. We will explore the challenges of ensuring curriculum coverage that meets the needs of all children; both indoors and outdoors. Later in the course delegates will look more closely at literacy and numeracy in Y1 and consider ways to offer meaningful activities to stimulate children’s interest and understanding.

Day One: Developing an Effective Learning Environment
During this day delegates will explore the importance of providing continuity from the EYFS and building on children’s previous learning experiences. We will consider what an inspiring and challenging learning environment involves and how to link with children’s interests to enhance and develop quality provision. At the end of the day delegates will be introduced to a gap task personalised to current needs.

Day Two: Developing an Effective Framework for Planning
During the day, practitioners will explore planning for continuous provision as well as considering how to structure the day. The role of the adult will be examined in detail as well as ensuring that planning for the Y1 curriculum includes challenge and progression. Case studies of effective Y1 practice and provision will be shared.

Day Three: Developing Rich Opportunities for Literacy & Mathematics
The focus on day three will be on how to make the environment rich in literacy and maths for all children; providing inspiring and challenging opportunities for children to engage in deep level learning in order to gain mastery in these areas. We will also use this day to share learning from the gap tasks and draw together key messages from the course as a whole.

Benefits

  • An understanding of how to create an effective and inspiring learning environment in Y1.
  • Examples of quality practice in Y1 to inform ideas and inspire confidence.
  • Practical tools to support planning for learning across the curriculum.
Course type Three Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £450.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £350.00 exc. VAT
Audience Newly appointed KS1 teachers and those seeking to refresh their practice
Spring 2017
Northern Centre
Day 1: Thursday 13th July, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 2: Tuesday 26th September, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 3: Tuesday 7th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Day 1: Monday 18th September, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 2: Tuesday 26th September, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 3: Tuesday 7th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Day 1: Monday 18th September, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 2: Thursday 28th September, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 3: Thursday 2nd November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Securing Progression: Extending Young Writers in Y1 Two Day Multi terms £300.00

Securing Progression: Extending Young Writers in Y1

Course description

Ensuring children continue to make progress whilst presenting learning in ways that engage and motivate them is a challenge for many Y1 practitioners.

This exciting and in-depth two-day course will explore how to build on children’s prior mark-making experiences in the EYFS and ensure that the teaching of writing is developmentally appropriate, meaningful and challenging. Participants will consider manageable ways in which the learning environment, the daily routine and the presentation of learning experiences can be adapted to meet the needs and interests of these young children and inspire young writers.

Day 1
This day will look at unpicking the learning needs of 5 and 6 year olds, and exploring the challenges teachers may face in meeting these needs. A key focus will be on considering a variety of ways in which children can continue to develop as independent, but accountable writers and how the learning environment can support this. You will then be invited to complete a gap task which will involve applying some of the ideas/strategies shared.

Day 2
This day will include an opportunity to reflect on learning from the gap task and explore how to help children progress with writing in Y1 whilst continuing to inspire deep learning. The focus will continue to be on evaluating current practice and considering realistic and manageable next steps.

Benefits

  • A richer understanding of the key writing skills.
  • Knowledge of how support writing across the curriculum.
  • Inspiring and practical solutions to promote writing.

 

Course type Two Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £300.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £250.00 exc. VAT
Audience Y1 Teachers, Literacy Leaders
Autumn 2017 – Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Day 1: Wednesday 1st November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 2: Tuesday 27th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Day 1: Tuesday 28th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 2: Wednesday 7th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Securing Progression: Extending Young Mathematicians in Y1 Two Day Aut term £300.00

Securing Progression: Extending Young Mathematicians in Y1

Course description

At the centre of any good mathematics curriculum there should be the ‘three Rs’ of rules, relationships and reasons. Teaching in a way that supports children in developing mathematical thinking, rather than just learning a set of disparate facts and skills, will ensure that mastery of the subject is achieved. This in-depth course will enable teachers to evaluate their current practice, deepen their own knowledge and improve the quality of their mathematical planning and teaching.

Day 1
During day one we will focus on looking at mathematical experiences that children can take part in while working in different areas of the curriculum. We will be considering how the way we create and label our learning zones promotes long term acquired mathematical learning over the course of the year.

Day 2
On day two delegates will be asked to feedback any impact they have noticed from their gap task work, share their reflections and ideas for further development. The day will then focus on teaching approaches that promote exploration, investigation and challenge – planning coherent units of work that ensure progression for all children will also be discussed.

Benefits

  • A deeper understanding of the key concepts in maths and mathematical development.
  • Inspiring and practical solutions to promote mathematical development in your classroom.
  • Tools to help you evaluate your provision.

 

Course type Two Day Course
Led by Sharon Day, Associate Consultant
Price £300.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £250.00 exc. VAT
Audience Y1 Teachers, Maths Leaders
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Day 1: Friday 6th October, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 2: Friday 24th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Day 1: Friday 13th October, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 2: Friday 1st December, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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New to Leading in KS1 One Day Aut term £175.00

New to Leading in KS1

Course description

Taking on a leadership role within a school is exciting, challenging and rewarding. It offers the opportunity to make a greater difference, being able to influence others by supporting, guiding and mentoring the quality of teaching and learning.
To support new leaders, these introductory courses will explore the responsibilities of the role. We will consider effective ways to develop a shared understanding of what is quality practice within the specific Key Stage and effective strategies to improve teaching across the whole team. The day will be a mixture of input and group learning relevant to KS1, enabling participants to gain new knowledge, discuss shared concerns and reflect on their own practice.

Benefits:

  • Confidence to know what is quality provision and practice.
  • Tools for use as part of staff development or mentoring.
  • Practical ideas to help you strategically manage your new role.

 

Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience Newly appointed KS1 Leaders
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Thursday 12th October, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Thursday 12th October, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Strategically Leading Outstanding Teaching in KS1 One Day Multi terms £175.00

Strategically Leading Outstanding Teaching in KS1

Course description

School effectiveness is judged not only on the quality of teaching and the impact it has on outcomes, but on the way leaders strives to ensure excellence for every child.
This in-depth one day course will focus on how KS1 leaders create and embed a vision for learning and teaching which enables excellence for all learners. During the day you will consider a range of evidence based approaches to enable quality teaching and learning. The course will explore how to build a culture of excellence, develop consistency of quality and practical tools to help you achieve your vision.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of the key features of outstanding KS1 practice.
  • Strategies to support with leading the development of others.
  • Greater confidence as a Key Stage 1 leader.
Course type One Day Course
Led by Ruth Swailles, National Leadership Consultant
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience KS1 Leaders & Senior Leaders
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Tuesday 14th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Wednesday 15th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Friday 9th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Monday 12th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Tuesday 8th May, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Friday 11th May, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Demonstrating Impact: Effective Use of Pupil Premium Funding in the EYFS & KS1 One Day Aut term £175.00

Demonstrating Impact: Effective Use of Pupil Premium Funding in the EYFS & KS1

Course description

With significant scrutiny on the impact of both pupil premium and early years’ pupil premium funding, it is essential that those responsible for making use of this funding maximise its impact.
By exploring case studies from a diverse range of schools and unpicking the approaches used to the spending of premium funding in the EYFS and KS1, this course will help leaders to explore how best to support the learning and development of those children in receipt of the funding.
The day will provide updates on key policies and practices; support leaders in identifying successful strategies, leading evidence based initiatives and demonstrating both immediate and long-term impact for children.

Benefits

  • An understanding of evidence based strategies for effective use of the funding.
  • Case study examples of how Pupil Premium funding has had measurable impact.
  • Practical tools help evaluate current se of funding.
Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS Leaders, KS1 Leaders, Senior Leaders, Assessment Leads, SENCO's
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Friday 1st December, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Wednesday 29th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Unpicking the Issues: Securing a Broad & Balanced Curriculum in Y1 One Day Aut term £175.00

Unpicking the Issues: Securing a Broad & Balanced Curriculum in Y1

Course description

Rescheduled date for Autumn
Ensuring that all aspects of the KS1 curriculum are effectively taught and that key skills are embedded in order for children to make at least good progress from their starting points is an ongoing challenge. At the same time we know that children at this key stage learn most effectively when given opportunities to make links, explore and think critically. To successfully unpick this, interpret the learning and use this information to accurately assess requires skilful observation.

During this inspiring course, delegates will be supported to find ways to manage these challenges; exploring how a combination of adult-led, carefully planned provision and opportunities for child-initiated learning can bring about successful outcomes. Time will also be given to create an action plan unique to the needs of your school.

Benefits

  • Clarity of how to develop KS1 provision that supports the whole curriculum and ensures progression.
  • An understanding of how ‘incidental learning’ can be used to meet curriculum objectives.
  • Greater confidence in how to accurately use observation to support the assessment process.

 

Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience KS1 Leaders, Y1 Teachers
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Friday 6th October, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Friday 29th September, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Rethinking the Y1 Classroom One Day Spr term £175.00

Rethinking the Y1 Classroom

Course description

Research identifies that children benefit if the curriculum and provision in Y1 builds on their previous experiences and provides rich opportunities for exploration and challenge. This course has been specifically designed to support Y1 teachers who are looking to develop the principles of continuous provision and enhancements in their classrooms that enable children to make progress.

Delegates will have the opportunity to consider how a well-organised, challenging environment, underpins effective learning and teaching across the whole curriculum. Inspiring and practical case studies will be shared that demonstrate how schools have successfully transformed their classrooms and the powerful impact this has had on learning.

Benefits

  • An understanding of the relationship between continuous provision and enhancements in Y1
  • Strategies to help extend children’s learning
  • Practical ideas for developing provision
Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience KS1 Leaders, Y1 Teachers
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Wednesday 28th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Thursday 8th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Working Together: How to Successfully Engage with Parents Half Day Spr term £75.00

Working Together: How to Successfully Engage with Parents

Course description

If we are to truly celebrate the uniqueness of each child, it is critical that we acknowledge parents and carers as a child’s first and most enduring educators. Children arrive in schools and settings with a broad range of experiences and living in diverse home environments. If we are to effectively support them in their learning journeys we need to do this in partnership with those who know them best.

Working with parents as partners in children’s early learning and development is central to the EYFS. It sets out clear principles and commitments to practice within the theme of Positive Relationships. These include the requirement for each child to have a key person who should work to form a warm, trusting and respectful relationship with that child and their family. During this workshop we will consider some of the evidence that shows the difference working in partnership with parents makes and explore practical ways to successfully achieve this.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of the impact working with parents can have on outcomes for children.
  • Strategies to evaluate current practice.
  • Practical ideas to improve engagement with families.

 

Course type Half Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £75.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS Leaders, KS1 Leaders, Senior Leaders, SENCO's
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Tuesday 6th February, 9.30am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Tuesday 6th February, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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What’s the Time? Harnessing Children’s Interests in KS1 Twilight Aut term £35.00

What’s the Time? Harnessing Children’s Interests in KS1

Course description

Young children are fascinated by time: the time of day, the days of the week, the seasons, birthdays and other special events. Harnessing this interest as a way of developing skills to measure, record and tell the time, is key to ensuring progression.

In this twilight we will explore practical ways to build on this fascination and share ideas to make ‘time’ an integral part of your classroom, both through routines and enhancing your provision.

Benefits

  • A clearer understanding of time within the maths curriculum.
  • Exciting and practical ideas for your teaching and classroom.
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience KS1 Leaders, Y1 Teachers, Maths Leads, TA's
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Thursday 16th November, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
London Centre
Wednesday 8th November, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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