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From our broad range of leadership courses for senior leaders on key aspects of practice, opportunities for new and experienced teachers to support effective approaches in the classroom, to essential workshops and ever-popular twilight sessions packed full of inspirational ideas – we have a comprehensive range of specialist CPD for you and your team covering all aspects of the EYFS and KS1 curriculum.

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Join National Events Taking Place in the North

Julie Fisher Seminar
Next Steps: Moving on Through KS1
Full Day Seminar $175.00 Huddersfield 12 Jun

Julie Fisher Seminar
Next Steps: Moving on Through KS1

Course description

This course is designed to enable Year 1 and Year 2 teachers to build on effective practice in the Foundation Stage. It considers how young children learn best and the implications of this for teaching strategies in the classroom. Through the use of DVD footage from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes, it considers how the role of the adult differs as learning is supported and extended in both adult-led and child-led situations.

Issues addressed:

  • How children learn most effectively age 5, 6 & 7
  • Planning an effective learning environment in Year 1 that builds on best foundation stage practice
  • Organising the learning day – considering the impact of the school timetable on learning
  • The differing benefits of learning alongside an adult and learning independently
  • How daily observation and assessment feeds into flexible and meaningful planning
  • The role of the adult in supporting both adult-led and child-led learning
Course type Day Seminar
Led by Julie Fisher, National Early Years Adviser
Price $231.53 (exc. VAT)
Audience Reception teachers and Year 1 teachers – if pairs of teachers can attend from each participating school then this is hugely beneficial
Venue, Date & Time
EEx Northern Centre
Friday 12th June, 9.30am -3.30pm Book Now

Explore Training in the Northern Centre

In-depth Support for Securing Best Practice in EYFS

All About High-Quality Outdoor Learning 3-5yrs Full Day $175.00 Huddersfield 10 Jun

All About High-Quality Outdoor Learning 3-5yrs

Course description

From making dens and flying kites, to constructing waterways, we know that children thrive in the outdoors across the whole year.  A well-planned outdoor area is a powerful learning environment for young children and should provide opportunities where they can develop and apply their existing skills and knowledge across all areas of the curriculum.

Drawing on examples of outstanding practice, this inspiring and practical course will enable you to optimise the quality of learning in the early years within your outside environment, develop a deeper understanding of how the characteristics of effective learning as well as critical skills such as language for thinking, literacy and maths can be effectively embedded and extended outdoors.

Benefits

–      Gain a deeper understanding of the potential of outdoor learning across the year
–      Clarity of how interpret pedagogical practice outdoors
–      Practical solutions for developing your outdoors

Course type One Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $231.53 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders and Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
The Northern Centre, The Old School, New Hey Road, Outlane, Huddersfield HD3 3YJ
Wednesday 10th June, 9.30am - 3.30pm Book Now

Inspirational Ideas for Learning & Progression 3-7yrs

Moving it On! Outdoor Learning with Added Challenge Twilight $35.00 Huddersfield 25 Jun

Moving it On! Outdoor Learning with Added Challenge

Course description

From making dens and flying kites, to constructing enormous waterways; we know that children thrive in the outdoors across the whole year! A well-planned outdoor area is a powerful learning environment for young children, and should provide opportunities where they can develop and apply their existing skills and knowledge across all areas of the curriculum. Drawing on examples of outstanding practice, this inspiring and practical course will enable you to optimise the quality of learning in the early years within your outside environment; gaining a clearer understanding of how the characteristics of effective learning and critical skills such as language for thinking, literacy and maths can be effectively embedded and extended.

Benefits

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the potential of outdoor learning across the year
  • Clarity of how interpret pedagogical practice outdoors
  • Practical solutions for developing your outdoors
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
EEx Northern Centre
Thursday 25th June, 4.30pm - 6.00pm Book Now
Let’s Play Games: Mastering Maths through Making Games Twilight $35.00 Huddersfield 07 Jul

Let’s Play Games: Mastering Maths through Making Games

Course description

Game playing demands high levels of concentration, problem solving and strategic thinking. As children play games, they practice and embed skills, develop organisational abilities, learn to cooperate and have fun.

Enabling children to invent their own games widens these opportunities still further. This hands-on session will give delegates an opportunity to look at different examples of invented games as well as creating and playing a game of their own.

Benefits

  • A deeper understanding of the key mathematical concepts
  • Inspiring and practical ideas to establish effective maths provision
  • Tools to help you evaluate your provision
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Staff
Price $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Leaders, Teachers & TAs
Venue, Date & Time
EEx Northern Centre
Tuesday 7th July, 4.30pm - 6.00pm Book Now

FREE Forums for Staying Connected & Sharing Expertise

EYFS Practitioner Forum Forum Free Huddersfield 17 Jun

EYFS Practitioner Forum

Course description

An opportunity to engage in a community of leaders keen to understand the latest national developments and consider how to move forward. Come along for this valuable opportunity to meet other EYFS teachers, build relationships, share experiences – and to informally explore the innovation of the interactive environment.

Course type Forum
Led by EEx Curriculum Consultant
Price Free,
Audience EYFS teachers and TAs, phase leaders and teams
Venue, Date & Time
The Northern Centre, Huddersfield The Old School, New Hey Road, Outlane, Huddersfield HD3 3YJ
Wednesday 17th June, 4.30pm - 6.00pm Book Now
Childminders Forum Forum Free Huddersfield 13 Jun

Childminders Forum

Course description

This forum will celebrate the unique role that childminders play in supporting our youngest children. Childminding can be a challenging and sometimes isolating profession. During this forum we will give you lots of opportunities to make links with other childminders, talk about current practice and explore innovative ideas. We will also discuss how creative early years practice can be developed within a home setting, using our interactive environment for inspiration.

Course type Forum
Led by EEx Curriculum Consultant
Price Free,
Audience Childminders
Venue, Date & Time
The Northern Centre, Huddersfield The Old School, New Hey Road, Outlane, Huddersfield HD3 3YJ
Saturday 13th June, 10.30am - 12.00pm Book Now
KS1 Practitioner Forum Forum Free Huddersfield 18 Jun

KS1 Practitioner Forum

Course description

This forum is an opportunity for you to engage you with a community of KS1 teachers keen to understand the latest national developments and how Early Excellence is specifically supporting those working in KS1. It will be a valuable opportunity for you to meet other teachers from a wider area, build relationships, share experiences, best practice and explore the innovation in our Centres.

Course type Forum
Led by EEx Curriculum Consultant
Price Free,
Audience KS1 Leaders & Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
The Northern Centre, Huddersfield The Old School, New Hey Road, Outlane, Huddersfield HD3 3YJ
Thursday 18th June, 4.30pm - 6.00pm Book Now

Open Saturdays and Open Evenings

Open Saturday Open Day Free Huddersfield 13 Jun

Open Saturday

Course description

We are delighted to be able to open our  Centre, on specific Saturdays throughout the year and would love to welcome you to explore our interactive environments, shop in our resource centres and relax in our café. Come and experience our hospitality with your colleagues or your family on the following dates, from 10am until 2pm.

Course type Saturday Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Consultant
Price Free,
Audience EY, EYFS & KS1 Heads, Leaders, Teachers and Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
The Northern Centre, Huddersfield The Old School, New Hey Road, Outlane, Huddersfield HD3 3YJ
Saturday 13th June, 10.00am – 14.00pm Book Now
Back to School: Planning Your Environment for the New Term Open Evening Free Huddersfield 09 Jul

Back to School: Planning Your Environment for the New Term

Course description

During the summer term, you will already start looking ahead to the new school year. We would like to support your planning with an opportunity to review your current practice and provision. This practical session will focus on designing an effective and enabling environment for both EYFS and KS1 and reviewing the resources provided. Aimed at all EYFS and KS1 practitioners, teachers and TAs.

Benefits

  • Review and evaluate your current classroom layout
  • Plan changes to the design of your space with support from our curriculum team
  • Consider progression in provision through EYFS and KS1
Course type Twilight
Led by EEx Curriculum Consultant
Price Free,
Audience EYFS and KS1 Teachers, Leaders and Teaching Assistants
Venue, Date & Time
The Northern Centre, Huddersfield The Old School, New Hey Road, Outlane, Huddersfield HD3 3YJ
Thursday 9th July, 4.30pm - 6.00pm Book Now

Inspirational Learning Walks

Learning Walk Learning Walk $20.00 Huddersfield
Huddersfield
04 Jun
02 Jul

Learning Walk

Course description

Join us for a Learning Walk – a guided tour of our Interactive Environment which enables practitioners to see examples of high-quality continuous provision and have the opportunity to talk about how resources can be used to support high-quality learning. A fantastic opportunity to gain practical advice and support from our experienced consultants to help you to further develop your own enabling environment in both the EYFS and KS1!

Learning Walks are led by our EYFS and KS1 Curriculum Consultants and last between 45-60 minutes. They support effective practice and provision, providing practical advice and support along with lots of time to raise questions and discuss ideas.

Bring your whole team along and gain expert support to take your practice forward.

Please book a place for each person attending

Course type Interactive Environment Tour
Led by EEx Curriculum Consultant
Price $26.46 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS and KS1 Teachers, Leaders and Teaching Assistants
Venue, Date & Time
The Northern Centre, Huddersfield The Old School, New Hey Road, Outlane, Huddersfield HD3 3YJ
Thursday 4th June, 9.30am, 11.00am, 1.30pm, 3.00pm, 4.30pm Book Now
The Northern Centre, Huddersfield The Old School, New Hey Road, Outlane, Huddersfield HD3 3YJ
Thursday 2nd July, 9.30am, 11.00am, 1.30pm, 3.00pm, 4.30pm Book Now

Access Training in our Partner Schools

Lake District

How to Observe, Document & Plan Next Steps in Learning Workshop $55.00 Hawkshead 16 Jun

How to Observe, Document & Plan Next Steps in Learning

Course description

Good observational assessment is critical in enabling practitioners to identify significant aspects of children’s learning and development. It is essential that practitioners are highly skilled in understanding how to undertake sensitive observational assessment in order to develop provision and practice that meets young children’s needs.

Using video evidence and practical activities, this in-depth course explores manageable and meaningful approaches to observations, recording and demonstrating progress – and provides opportunities for participants to review and utilise their understanding of the children they work with.

Course type Workshop
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Consultant
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Practitioners, TAs, Phase Leaders and teams
Venue, Date & Time
Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary
Tuesday 16th June, 9.30am - 11.30am Book Now
How to Secure Effective Interactions Workshop $55.00 Hawkshead 16 Jun

How to Secure Effective Interactions

Course description

How good are your interactions with children? High quality interactions are central to effective early years practice. This session for all of the EYFS team will demonstrate how engaging in effective conversations during child initiated activities helps children absorb new vocabulary, expand their knowledge and extend their thinking. Delegates will come away with strategies to successfully improve the quality of their adult-child interactions.

Course type Workshop
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Consultant
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS Practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary
Tuesday 16th June, 1.00pm - 3.30pm Book Now

Consett

All About Children’s Work & Meeting Expectations in KS1 Full Day $125.00 Consett 17 Jun

All About Children’s Work & Meeting Expectations in KS1

Course description

Although many classrooms have elements of continuous provision in KS1, particularly in Year One, there is still much uncertainty as to how best to make it work and how it might be used in Year Two. 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?’ need answering.

During this course, delegates will explore how children can be taught the skills and approaches needed to become independent learners, increasingly able to manage the planning, evaluating and evidencing of their own work. This session will focus on a cycle of learning that builds up manageable ways to evidence learning through planning and recording and shares high quality examples of this approach in practice.

Course type Full Day Course
Led by EEx Curriculum Team
Price $165.38 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 Teachers
Venue, Date & Time
The Grove Primary School, Oakfield Lane, Consett, DH8 8AP
Wednesday 17th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now

Stockport

An Effective EYFS: Focusing on Key Principles Full Day $125.00 Stockport 04 Jun

An Effective EYFS: Focusing on Key Principles

Course description

This full day training session, designed to build expert knowledge, is ideal for teachers and support staff in the EYFS who looking to refresh and reinvigorate their understanding. The day will focus on how best to support children’s self-initiated learning through establishing inspirational and well planned continuous provision, consider how to build on children’s interests and reflect on the importance of securing effective interactions.

Start by considering how an effective environment, carefully planned and organised, promotes a broad range of learning opportunities for children which meets the needs of the whole curriculum and embeds learning.

We will then consider how to skilfully and meaningfully shape continuous provision and provide enhancements which connect with children’s interests to help them to embed and extend learning.

Finally, we focus on high quality interactions and how they are central to effective early years practice and ensuring all children make progress. This element of the day will demonstrate how engaging in effective conversations during child-initiated activities helps children absorb new vocabulary, expand their knowledge and extend their thinking.

Delegates will come away with ways to successfully improve the quality of their adult/child interactions; improving outcomes across the curriculum for all children.

Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Consultant
Price $165.38 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS staff
Venue, Date & Time
Stockport Grammar, Buxton Rd, SK2 7AF
Thursday 4th June, 9.30am - 3.30pm Book Now

Fleetwood

The Great Outdoors – Creating an Outdoor Environment Rich in Learning Opportunities Full Day $125.00 Fleetwood 12 Jun

The Great Outdoors – Creating an Outdoor Environment Rich in Learning Opportunities

Course description

Outdoor spaces offer rich opportunities for learning, often in more varied and more physically challenging ways than indoor areas. For outdoor spaces to be effective, we, as adults, need to see their rich learning potential. In this session, we will share and discuss the key principles of effective outdoor practice and support practitioners to create a vision for their own outdoor area. This will be a highly practical session with opportunities to explore outdoor learning in different contexts- including the beach! Please bring suitable footwear and clothing.

Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Consultant
Price $165.38 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS teachers
Venue, Date & Time
Rossall School, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 8JW
Friday 12th June, 9.30am - 3.30pm Book Now

St. Helens

All About the Needs of Boys’ Learning Half Day $65.00 St. Helens 02 Jul

All About the Needs of Boys’ Learning

Course description

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. Case studies will be shared, to highlight how by making small changes we can have a positive impact for all learners.

Course type Half Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Consultant
Price $86.00 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Garswood Primary and Nursery School, Hamilton Road, Garswood, WN4 0SF
Thursday 2nd July, 9.30am – 12.00pm Book Now
Starting with Me! Exploring Cultural Capital in the EYFS Half Day $65.00 St. Helens 02 Jul

Starting with Me! Exploring Cultural Capital in the EYFS

Course description

Children’s relationships and early experiences are vitally important in nurturing young learners to ensure they feel secure and valued. Children arrive at early years settings having had a wide variety of experiences. How a setting responds to the knowledge of the children and these prior experiences provides the key to effective and inspiring practice. In this reflective and interactive session we will explore how we can support children to develop a sense of awe and wonder in the world around them. We will examine how vital skills including enquiry, making connections and problem solving can be embedded as part of this approach. Focusing on Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts, we will explore meaningful approaches to exploring Cultural Capital in the EYFS.

Course type Half Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Consultant
Price $86.00 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Garswood Primary and Nursery School, Hamilton Road, Garswood, WN4 0SF
Thursday 2nd July, 1.00pm – 3.30pm Book Now

Wigan

Rethinking KS1: How to Evidence Learning and Demonstrate Progress in KS1 Workshop $55.00 Wigan 25 Jun

Rethinking KS1: How to Evidence Learning and Demonstrate Progress in KS1

Course description

High quality, well planned provision in KS1 builds on good EYFS practice and effectively supports progress towards end of KS1 expectations. Ensuring children continue to make progress both through the year and the Key Stage can be challenging for many KS1 practitioners. This session explores manageable ways of supporting children to evidence their own learning in increasingly sophisticated ways, when working in provision.

Benefits

  • Practical ideas for recording learning in continuous provision
  • Ideas for how to create engaging learning opportunities
  • An opportunity to plan developments in your own classroom
Course type Workshop
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Consultant
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Marsh Green Primary School, Kitt Green Rd, Wigan WN5 0EF
Thursday 25th June, 1.30pm - 3.30pm Book Now
Wellies & Waterproofs: Outdoor Learning Whatever the Weather Twilight $35.00 Wigan 25 Jun

Wellies & Waterproofs: Outdoor Learning Whatever the Weather

Course description

The entitlement to outdoor provision is at the heart of effective practice in EYFS and through into KS1. There is a clear expectation that the outdoor environment is available and used well every day; whatever the time of year and whatever the weather.

With positive attitudes and thinking, this time of year can provide many unique and valuable learning opportunities. This twilight will provide lots of examples of real practice which highlight the benefits of children being outdoors in winter.  Delegates will explore ways to make the most of the season, finding solutions for constraints and barriers, as well as inspirational ideas!

Benefits:

  • A clear understanding of the critical role outdoor learning has across the year
  • Support to review and improve your outdoors space
  • Imaginative and practical ideas for outdoor learning in winter
Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Consultant
Price $46.31 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Marsh Green Primary School, Kitt Green Rd, Wigan WN5 0EF
Thursday 25th June, 4.00pm – 5.30pm Book Now

Sheffield

Inspirational Environments – With Added Challenge Workshop $55.00 Sheffield 29 Sep

Inspirational Environments – With Added Challenge

Course description

This workshop will focus on how to use continuous provision effectively to support children’s self-initiated learning to embed and extend learning while meeting the needs of the whole curriculum and ensuring appropriate challenge and progression. Revisit the principles behind effective continuous provision, consider a fresh perspective and reflect on how to further develop your own enabling environment with added challenge.

Course type Workshop
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Consultant
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience EYFS practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Dobcroft Infant School, Pingle Road, Sheffield, S7 2LN
Tuesday 29th September, 9.30am - 11.30am Book Now
How to Manage the Curriculum in KS1 Workshop $55.00 Sheffield 29 Sep

How to Manage the Curriculum in KS1

Course description

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 this practical workshop delegates will develop an understanding of the ways in which continuous provision, classroom routines and incidental learning can all be used to support the demands of the KS1 curriculum.

Benefits

  • An opportunity to consider how to closely link continuous provision to KS1 expectations
  • Ideas for curriculum links in all aspects of classroom life
  • Practical approaches to support and develop current practice.
Course type Workshop
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Consultant
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 practitioners
Venue, Date & Time
Dobcroft Infant School, Pingle Road, Sheffield, S7 2LN
Tuesday 29th September, 1.00pm - 3.00pm Book Now

Heslington, York

Changing Your Approach: All About children’s work and meeting expectations in KS1 Full Day $125.00 York 08 Jul

Changing Your Approach: All About children’s work and meeting expectations in KS1

Course description

Although many classrooms have elements of continuous provision in KS1, particularly in Year One, there is still much uncertainty as to how best to make it work and how it might be used in Year Two. 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?’ need answering.

During this course, delegates will explore how children can be taught the skills and approaches needed to become independent learners, increasingly able to manage the planning, evaluating and evidencing of their own work. This session will focus on a cycle of learning that builds up manageable ways to evidence learning through planning and recording and shares high quality examples of this approach in practice.

Benefits

  • Practical ideas for recording child-led learning continuous provision
  • An increasingly challenging approach to child-led learning though KS1
  • Ideas for linking adult led teaching to child-led outcomes
Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Consultant
Price $165.38 (exc. VAT)
Audience KS1 teachers
Venue, Date & Time
Lord Deramore’s Primary, School Lane, Heslington, York YO10 5EE
Wednesday 8th July, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now

Keighley

Engaging Young Mathematicians Full Day $125.00 Keighley 09 Jun

Engaging Young Mathematicians

Course description

This new course is focused on the fundamentals of teaching Mathematics in the Early Years.

With the new focus on achieving an effective curriculum, the proposed changes to the ELGs, along with Ofsted’s current inspection framework which requires staff to be “knowledgeable about the teaching of early Mathematics” and the latest research review which highlights the need for teaching Maths “in real word contexts which have meaning for the child” – it is more important than ever that teachers have a keen understanding of how children develop mathematical concepts.

The day will be highly-informative, packed with subject knowledge and practical solutions to enable schools to reflect on their approach to teaching Maths through the EYFS and into Y1 – whether through a scheme or not – and will examine the principles that underpin this early learning and the key steps towards progression and mastery.

Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Consultant
Price $165.38 (exc. VAT)
Audience Maths Leads, EYFS Leads & EYFS Teachers
Venue, Date & Time
Sutton in Craven CP School, Bridge Road, Keighley, BD20 7ES
Tuesday 9th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now

Rossendale

Enabling Young Mathematicians: A Leaders Guide Workshop $55.00 Rossendale 10 Jun

Enabling Young Mathematicians: A Leaders Guide

Course description

This briefing will revisit the underpinning principles of teaching early maths and explore the most effective strategies for approaching maths with young children. Thought provoking messages will be shared about laying the foundations for Maths and the importance of these in the journey to mastery.

There will be an opportunity to discuss how to ensure that both leaders and teachers recognise maths within continuous provision and everyday routines. Help to evaluate the effectiveness of current provision in maximising mathematical learning opportunities will be a focus.

Course type Workshop
Led by Early Excellence Curriculum Consultant
Price $72.77 (exc. VAT)
Audience Heads, Senior Leaders and EYFS teachers
Venue, Date & Time
Hillside Nursery School, Haslingden, BB4 5NH
Wednesday 10th June, 1.30pm - 3.30pm Book Now