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National Conference 2019 Programme

Huddersfield 18th or 19th November
London 26th November
Birmingham 27th November

Speaker Programme

Morning welcome and introductions

The Creative Childhood: Embracing Creativity in Early Childhood Education

Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE DL

From making their first mark on paper, to creating their own music – young children are filled with a passion to create! Baroness Benjamin, a dedicated ambassador of the Arts and children’s rights, will draw on her diverse and rich career to challenge, inform and inspire the Conference; setting the context for how we help young children embrace creativity in all its many manifestations and whatever their different experiences.

Refreshment break

The Creative Mind: Nurturing Children’s Creativity

Pete Moorhouse, Educational Consultant

Pete Moorhouse is internationally recognised for his commitment to creativity in children and adults. He joins the Conference to emphasise the importance of creativity as a fundamental skill that impacts on all areas of learning and on young children’s long term outcomes to become resourceful and resilient adults.


The Creative Classroom: Putting Principles into Practice

Anni McTavish, Educational Consultant    

Drawing the day back into the classroom, Anni will share with us practical examples of inspirational creative projects she has undertaken with schools across the country. She will demonstrate how practitioners have successfully used creativity as the catalyst for their teaching and the powerful impact this has had on the children’s learning.

Comfort break

The Creative Teacher: Developing Your Own Expertise

Emma-Jo Bairstow, Art Teaching Consultant 

Concluding our Conference Emma-Jo will provide us with a fantastic opportunity to reflect on our ability to plan and teach Art in the classroom.  Her aim is for everyone to feel as passionate as she does about Art and more confident about introducing it to young children!

Closing statements

Floella Benjamin

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