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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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Securing Strong Leadership in the KS1

New to Leading KS1 Two Day Autumn $300.00

New to Leading KS1

Course description

This two-day course has been designed to equip teachers who are new to leading Key Stage 1 with knowledge and skills to lead their teams. The sessions draw on current research; child development theories and some of the great pioneers and innovators in early education to unpick the learning needs of our 5 and 6-year olds.

There will be a focus on evaluating current practice and considering realistic and manageable next steps which will impact positively on the learning experience provided for all children.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of the key features of outstanding practice in KS1
  • Strategies to support you strategically lead staff development and change in KS1
  • Resources to support with monitoring and evaluating practice
Course type Two Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $392.40 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders new to post or in their first year of leading
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Day 1: Wednesday 26th September, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Day 2: Tuesday 13th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Day 1: Monday 15th October, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Day 2: Tuesday 13th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Developing Skilful Leadership of KS1 Four Day Autumn $550.00

Developing Skilful Leadership of KS1

Course description

During this in-depth series we will examine the key skills of leadership, focussing on the most effective approaches to leading and sustaining continuous improvement in KS1.  This course has been designed to provide current KS1 leaders with the opportunity to explore the complexities of their role and develop leadership skills, enabling excellence for all learners. Delegates will consider how to develop a shared understanding of quality practice and effective strategies to improve teaching across the whole of the KS1 team.

Day One – The KS1 Learner; Establishing a Vision
During this day delegates will focus on how they can create and embed a vision for learning and teaching which enables excellence for all learners.  We will consider a range of evidence-based approaches to enable quality teaching and learning and will explore how to build a culture of excellence, develop consistency of quality and practical tools to help you achieve your vision.

Day Two – Developing a Successful Learning Environment
Creating and embedding a clear vision for pedagogically appropriate teaching and learning in KS1, whilst ensuring the KS1 curriculum is taught effectively is a challenging task. During this day delegates will explore how a well-organised, challenging environment, underpins effective learning and teaching across the whole curriculum and explore strategies to implement this within the KS1 team.  Inspiring and practical case studies will be shared that demonstrate how schools have had a powerful impact on learning through the development of learning environments.

Day Three – Securing Effective Teaching Across the Team
Schools that know themselves well move forward with confidence and effective strategic planning and review ensures that all they do is fit for purpose. The features of outstanding teaching in KS1 will be explored and time given to delegates to reflect on current practice in their schools and current practice as a leader. We will consider the importance and value of supporting independent learning in order to support children’s progress and reflect on a range of strategies that effectively support and guide children’s creative and critical thinking.

Day Four – Demonstrating Progress
School effectiveness is judged not only on the quality of teaching and the impact it has on outcomes, but in the way leaders strives to ensure excellence for every child. During the day delegates will focus on the most effective approaches for leading improvement and monitoring at key stage 1, including building on children’s learning and progress at the Early Years Foundation Stage. Leaders can feel uncertain and may lack confidence to discuss progress and attainment across Key Stages One and Two. Through activities and thought-provoking discussions delegates will build greater confidence in evidencing and articulating children’s progress.

Benefits

  • Greater confidence in your role leading and inspiring others to make a sustained impact
  • Strategies to support you with successfully leading change
  • The opportunity to work collaboratively with other KS1 leaders
Course type Four Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $719.40 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders keen to develop greater skills and confidence
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Day 1: Tuesday 20th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Day 2: Wednesday 6th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 3: Thursday 21st March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 4: Wednesday 5th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Day 1: Tuesday 20th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Day 2: Wednesday 6th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 3: Tuesday 19th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 4: Wednesday 5th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm

Starting Out in KS1

Getting Off to a Flying Start: New to Teaching in Year 1 Three Day Autumn $450.00

Getting Off to a Flying Start: New to Teaching in Year 1

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 allow delegates to 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 the 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 participants will decide on a personalised gap task that is relevant to their current situation.

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 year 1 curriculum includes challenge and progression. Case studies of effective year 1 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 master in these areas. We will also use the 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 EEx Curriculum Team
Price $588.60 (exc. VAT)
Audience NQTs, new and inexperienced Y1 Teachers
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Day 1: Wednesday 12th September, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Day 2: Wednesday 3rd October, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 3: Friday 30th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Day 1: Thursday 13th September, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Day 2: Thursday 27th September, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 3: Thursday 29th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm

Creating Opportunities for Learners in KS1

Creating a Dynamic Learning Environment in Y1 One Day Autumn $175.00

Creating a Dynamic Learning Environment in Y1

Course description

This course supports Y1 teachers who are looking to develop the principles of continuous provision and enhancements in their classrooms which enable children to make progress. To securely embed learning, research identifies that children benefit from a curriculum and provision that allows them to revisit taught experiences and provides rich opportunities for exploration and challenge.

During the day delegates will have the opportunity to consider how a well-organised, carefully planned and 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, sustained impact this has had on outcomes.

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 EEx Curriculum Team
Price $228.90 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders and Y1 Teachers seeking to develop practice
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 16th October, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Tuesday 16th October, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Securing a Broad & Balanced Curriculum in Y1 One Day Autumn $175.00

Securing a Broad & Balanced Curriculum in Y1

Course description

This course addresses the issues around effective planning; ensuring that all aspects of the KS1 curriculum are effectively taught and that key skills are embedded, whilst ensuring that that children are given opportunities to make links, explore and think critically.

During this inspiring course, delegates will be supported to find ways to manage these challenges. We will consider how to interpret learning through skilful observation and use this information to accurately assess and explore 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 specific needs of your school.

Delegates will consider how a combination of adult led, carefully planned provision and opportunities for child-initiated learning can bring about successful learning outcomes.

Benefits

  • Clarity of how to develop KS1 provision that supports the whole curriculum
  • An understanding of how to capitalize on ‘incidental learning’
  • Practical ideas for developing strategies to extend and capture children’s learning
Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $228.90 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders and Y1 Teachers seeking to develop practice
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 5th December, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Wednesday 5th December, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Tuesday 19th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Taking the Characteristics of Effective Learning forward into KS1 One Day Spring $175.00

Taking the Characteristics of Effective Learning forward into KS1

Course description

We know that a major source of the difference between the highest and lowest achieving children is the degree to which they become regulators of their own learning. Good learners have strong dispositions and the skills to access all learning opportunities fully.  This course will explore how best to support each child’s approach to learning; reflecting on the nature and content of the characteristics of effective learning and their critical significance for children’s learning.  Participants will consider how these characteristics can be facilitated, supported and recognised throughout KS1.

Benefits

  • In-depth understanding of the Characteristics of Effective learning and what these look like in KS1
  • Strategies to promote a classroom culture that fosters positive dispositions to learning
  • Inspiring and practical examples of active learning
Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $228.90 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders and Y1 Teachers seeking to develop practice
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Thursday 24th January, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 24th January, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Ensuring Smooth Transitions for Children Moving into Y1 One Day Autumn $175.00

Ensuring Smooth Transitions for Children Moving into Y1

Course description

Transition is not an event, but a process. Poor transitions cause stress for young children which can lead to anxiety, significantly impacting on their ongoing progress across all areas of learning and development. The transition from Reception into Y1 continues to be a challenge and area of debate for many schools and for many children. In order to ensure a smooth transition and continuity in their learning it is vital to consider the unique needs of each child.  The course will explore ways to make the best use of evidence that has been captured about children’s learning, including the EYFS Profile.

Throughout the day delegates will consider key principles for transition and practical ways to ensure this is as smooth and successful as possible; with opportunities to reflect on their current approach and consider a developmentally and age appropriate approach.

Benefits

  • A deeper understanding of the impact transition has on children
  • Strategies to help make the most of existing evidence about children’s previous learning
  • Practical ideas to help make transition a success
Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $228.90 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Leaders and Y1 Teachers seeking to develop practice
Venue, Date & Time
Nottingham
Tuesday 25th September, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now

KS1 Practice Essentials

How to use Continuous Provision Year 1 Workshop Autumn $55.00

How to use Continuous Provision Year 1

Course description

Research identifies that children benefit if the curriculum and provision in Y1 builds on previous experiences and provides rich opportunities for exploration and challenge. During this practical workshop delegates will develop an understanding of the principles of continuous provision and how to ensure that this is challenging enough to meet the increasing needs of the KS1 curriculum.

Benefits

  • Clarity around what continuous provision should look like in Year 1
  • A deeper understanding of how to create active, meaningful learning environments
Course type Workshop
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $71.94 (exc. VAT)
Audience Y1 Teachers and HLTAs seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 9th October, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Tuesday 9th October, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Thursday 11th October, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
How to Evidence Learning & Demonstrate Progress in Y1 Workshop Autumn $55.00

How to Evidence Learning & Demonstrate Progress in Y1

Course description

Ensuring children continue to make progress whilst presenting learning in ways that engage and motivate can be challenging for many KS1 practitioners. Although many classrooms now have elements of continuous provision in KS1 there is still much uncertainty as to how best to make it work. Questions such as ‘How can we ensure that children are challenged and making progress whilst engaged in self -initiated learning?’ and ‘How can we best evidence self-initiated learning?’ are often asked.  This session explores manageable ways to evidence learning through planning and recording and shares high quality examples.

Benefits

  • Practical ideas for recording learning using the continuous provision
  • Ideas for how to create engaging learning opportunities
Course type Workshop
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $71.94 (exc. VAT)
Audience Y1 Teachers and HLTAs seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 7th November, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Wednesday 7th November, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Wednesday 6th March, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
How to Challenge & Extend Thinking in Y1 Workshop Autumn $55.00

How to Challenge & Extend Thinking in Y1

Course description

In today’s rapidly changing world, children need to be able to do much more than repeat a list of facts. Supporting children in developing thinking, rather than just learning facts and skills ensures that children are taught the skills that they will need in later life. They need to be critical thinkers who can make sense of information, make inferences, analyse, contrast and compare. Providing opportunities for children to question, share ideas, predict and hypothesise is critical for cognitive development and allows children to learn how to learn.

This workshop will explore ways that teachers in Y1 can stretch children’s thinking, offering them challenges that fire their imagination and help to develop their problem-solving skills.

Benefits

  • Deepen understand around the importance of developing thinking skills and how this impacts on high quality teaching and learning
  • Explore resources that promote and inspire curiosity
Course type Workshop
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $71.94 (exc. VAT)
Audience Y1 Teachers and HLTAs seeking to build expert knowledge
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Thursday 6th December, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 6th December, 10.00am – 12.00pm Book Now

KS1 Inspiration for Practice

To Ten & Back Again: Expanding Children’s Understanding of Number Twilight Autumn $35.00

To Ten & Back Again: Expanding Children’s Understanding of Number

Course description

In today’s rapidly changing world, children need to be able to do much more than repeat a list of facts. Supporting children in developing thinking, rather than just learning facts and skills ensures that children are taught the skills that they will need in later life. They need to be critical thinkers who can make sense of information, make inferences, analyse, contrast and compare. Providing opportunities for children to question, share ideas, predict and hypothesise is critical for cognitive development and allows children to learn how to learn.

This workshop will explore ways that teachers in Y1 can stretch children’s thinking, offering them challenges that fire their imagination and help to develop their problem-solving skills.

Benefits

  • Deepen understand around the importance of developing thinking skills and how this impacts on high quality teaching and learning
  • Explore resources that promote and inspire curiosity
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $45.78 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Teams seeking inspiration and new ideas
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 9th October, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Tuesday 9th October, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
Hooked on Books: Igniting Children’s Learning Through Texts Twilight Autumn $35.00

Hooked on Books: Igniting Children’s Learning Through Texts

Course description

Hooked on Books: Igniting Children’s Learning Through Texts
The pressures of teaching of reading and writing can lead many resorting to overly formal teaching rather than teaching the way that children learn best. However, ensuring children continue to make progress whilst presenting learning in ways that engage and motivate them is a challenge for many Yr 1 practitioners. This exciting twilight will explore how to use high quality texts to build on children’s prior experiences in the EYFS and ensure that teaching 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 very young children. Delegates will explore how to build on children’s prior mark-making experiences yet ensuring that the teaching of writing is developmentally appropriate, meaningful and challenging.

Benefits

  • Consideration of a variety of ways in which children can continue to develop independence as a writer
  • Practical solutions for how the learning environment can support writing
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $45.78 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Teams seeking inspiration and new ideas
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 7th November, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Wednesday 7th November, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Thursday 11th October, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
We Could Be Heroes: The Power of Imaginative Play Twilight Spring $35.00

We Could Be Heroes: The Power of Imaginative Play

Course description

Whether it be super heroes, story book characters or inspiring historical figures; exploring the life of another person whilst in role offers a rich seam of powerful learning opportunities across the curriculum in KS1.

Stepping into another’s shoes encourages children to safely explore moral issues and develop a sense of empathy through their play and during this twilight we will consider practical ways to support children with developing their imaginative play.  We will discuss how to use it to successfully strengthen their social skills, language skills and storytelling – as well as using it as a meaningful approach  to deepen their understanding of the lives of others, both modern day and in the past.

Benefits

  • Develop an understanding of how imaginative role play can be used to support learning across KS1
  • Gain ideas for how it can be modelled, taught and extended
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $45.78 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Teams seeking inspiration and new ideas
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 5th February, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Tuesday 5th February, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
Nottingham Hub
Wednesday 6th March, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
Whatever the Weather: Getting Outdoors in KS1 Twilight Spring $35.00

Whatever the Weather: Getting Outdoors in KS1

Course description

Whatever the Weather: Getting Outdoors in KS1
The benefits for children of being able to learn outdoors are now widely acknowledged but providing outdoor learning in KS1 can often be challenging. This twilight will consider the possibilities for continuing regular outdoor learning and explore how best to plan and organise outdoor provision that offers a wide range of learning opportunities for children in Y1, in a way that is realistic and manageable. It will consider the implications for curriculum planning, daily routines, resourcing and the role of the adult outdoors.

Benefits

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the value of outdoor learning
  • Confidence in knowing how the outdoor environment can be used to support learning across the curriculum.
  • Inspiring examples of outdoor learning
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $45.78 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Teams seeking inspiration and new ideas
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Thursday 7th March, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now
London Centre
Thursday 7th March, 4.30pm – 6.00pm Book Now