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Harmony Trust Teaching School Alliance, Oldham

Early Excellence are delighted to be working in partnership with Harmony Trust Teaching School Alliance to offer a range of high quality professional development opportunities for Heads, Senior Leaders and EYFS teams which will challenge and inform teaching, practice and provision. All courses will be held at Northmoor Academy, Alderson St, Oldham, OL9 6AQ.


Developing Skilful Leadership of the EYFS

This two-day course will support current EYFS leaders in developing high quality leadership skills enabling them to lead a team effectively and inspire a continual drive towards excellence. The course will focus on the key areas involved in leading the EYFS with skill and confidence. Delegates will explore their own values and motivation as educators and benchmark these in order to establish a clear vision of excellence. The course will examine how leaders monitor and drive outcomes based on the depth of their own understanding of best practice and quality provision and explore accountability. 

Date: Thursday 17th  January & Friday 1st March 2019

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Cost: £250 (exc. VAT)

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Recognising the Needs of Boys

The gender gap is a much-discussed topic across the education sector. Early years practitioners often come across the same problems; with boys not appearing to fully engage in an adult led activities or reluctant to use all experiences provided to support their learning. It is critical that we plan meaningful and challenging experiences that connect with all children’s passions and spark their imaginations!

This course will explore theories behind young children’s development and how these relate specifically to boys. Throughout the day participants will consider how we can address these issues in imaginative and practical ways.

Date: Monday 11th February, 2019

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Cost: £125  (exc. VAT)

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Mastering Maths in the EYFS

In this practical and inspiring full day session we will explore the many ways that maths is taught within the EYFS curriculum. We will share exemplary practice and outline how detailed and responsive planning leads to a progression of mathematical skills, opportunities and challenge. This training is highly recommended for EYFS teachers, practitioners and maths leaders as a vital part of their continuing professional development.

Date: Friday 22nd March, 2019

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Cost: £125  (exc. VAT)

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In Pursuit of Excellence

This session will enable Heads and EYFS teachers to come together to hear about and reflect on some of the current policy, practice and improvement issues in the early years. There will be the opportunity to explore the “Bold Beginnings” report from Ofsted and consider the implications. Delegates will also consider the key principles for confidently monitoring the EYFS and striving for outstanding. Participants will access resources to support with the quality assurance and the evaluation of practice, provision and impact in their EYFS.

Date: Thursday 2nd May, 2019

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Cost: £125  (exc. VAT)

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More Than Phonics: A Principled Approach to Reading in the Early Years

With a strong focus on raising the achievement levels of reading in Early Years, this day course will give opportunities to allow EYFS practitioners to explore current thinking around a principled approach to teaching reading in the EYFS.

The session will enable practitioners to explore the importance of EYFS routines and the environment in developing early listening skills and the development of phonological awareness. Practical ideas to explore a multi-sensory approach supporting  the development of these skills will also be shared. Throughout the session practitioners will be able to  reflect on their own approach to reading and discuss that a principled approach to reading is definitely more than just phonics!

Date: Friday 14th June, 2019

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Cost: £125  (exc. VAT)

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