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Tidal Teaching School Alliance

Early Excellence delighted to be collaborating with Tidal Teaching School Alliance to offer a range of high quality professional development opportunities for staff in both the EYFS and KS1 in Hull and the surrounding area.


Developing the Characteristics of Effective Learning

The Characteristics of Effective Learning are fundamental to every child. They focus on how children learn rather than what they learn. Research has shown that it is these skills that make a difference to children’s long term outcomes and to their ability to become happy, resourceful and resilient adults. It is our responsibility as early years practitioners to support the development of these skills during these crucial formative years. When planning and supporting children it is important to consider the different ways children learn and reflect this in how we teach, organise our learning environment and support individual children and groups of children.

Join us to:

  • Deepen knowledge of the Characteristics of Effective Learning and how children learn
  • Build confidence in identifying the Characteristics of Effective Learning
  • Develop the role of the adult in implementing the Characteristics of Effective Learning

Date: Thursday 27th June, 2019
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue: Cottingham Parks Golf & Leisure Club, HU16 5SW

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How to Evidence Learning & Demonstrate Progress in Y1

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.

Date: Thursday 26th September, 2019
Time: 9.30am – 12.00pm
Venue: Cottingham Parks Golf & Leisure Club, HU16 5SW

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How to Challenge & Extend Thinking in Y1

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.

Date: Thursday 26th September, 2019
Time: 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Cottingham Parks Golf & Leisure Club, HU16 5SW

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Right from the Start: Strategic EYFS Network for Heads, Senior Leadership & EYFS co-ordinators

Getting it right from the start is crucial for every child and this termly event will ensure that you and your school stay connected with the national agenda and are fully briefed on all the latest developments in the early years. These events are touch points to keep schools and settings connected with national improvement policy and inspection agendas, and the very best practice. Each day will offer a blend of national updates in the morning followed by the opportunity to explore a key strategic issue in the afternoon.

Date: Thursday 14th November 2019, Thursday 19th March 2020 & Thursday 11th June 2020
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue: Cottingham Parks Golf & Leisure Club, HU16 5SW

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Recognising the Needs of Boys’ Learning EYFS & Y1

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; including time exploring the Centre’s interactive environment.   Case studies will be shared, to highlight how by making small changes we can have a positive impact for all learners.

Date: Thursday 6th February 2020
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue: Cottingham Parks Golf & Leisure Club, HU16 5SW

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Investigating the Wonder of STEM

Join us for an inspiring and practical training session suitable for the whole EYFS team as we explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in the Early Years.

As part of the training we will reflect on the important role of STEM in early years and consider how children’s curiosity, creativity and critical thinking can be developed through investigative experiences. This is a practical session based on effective and inspiring EYFS practice. Practitioners will leave this session buzzing with ideas to develop and experiment with in their own setting.

Date: Thursday 30th April 2020
Time: 9.30am – 12.00pm
Venue: Cottingham Parks Golf & Leisure Club, HU16 5SW

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Exploring the Role of Role Play

Do the imaginative and role play experiences really support your children’s learning and development effectively? How do you plan for imaginative and role play experiences? Do these experiences reflect the real life experiences and fantasy based interests of the children in your setting?

In this inspiring and practical session we will explore the vital importance of role play and imaginative play in supporting all aspects of children’s learning and development. As part of the session we will outline the key aspects of effective domestic role play, how this should be developed, resourced and enhanced. We will also outline how other environments both indoors and outside can also promote imaginative experiences rich in collaboration, language and storytelling.

Date: Thursday 30th April 2020
Time: 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Cottingham Parks Golf & Leisure Club, HU16 5SW

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