15 courses found

Code: OTSA/19/87 Encouraging Creativity in Early Years

  • Are you looking to provide a greater emphasis on creativity within your curriculum?

  • Are you keen to find new ways of how children can work creatively with the materials you already have in your environment?

  • If you would like to develop theoretical understanding together with practical advice on setting up or reinvigorating a 'studio' workshop space for children to work creatively, then this day could be an inspirational start to the new school year for you and your team !

Pete Moorhouse, an internationally renowned Early Years Creative Consultant will lead us through the day. https://irresistible-learning.co.uk/


With a renewed focus on curriculum design and creativity within the curriculum, this course will look more deeply at creativity and develop practitioners understanding of what creativity means, its importance and how to best encourage creativity in young learners.

We will explore work with a range of materials including how objects can be used in a multitude of different ways, exploring different possibilities for children to express their imaginations.

Through combining natural and recycled materials or through block play, the child is at the centre of their learning as they use their imagination to create various arrangements, constructions and narratives.

The exploration of materials encourages open ended discovery and a focus on process.

A studio can provide a focal point for encouraging creativity -we will look at examples from schools where children are offered an 'atelier' style studio and the impact that these have had on children's creative explorations. Examples will be given on how a 'studio' space provides a laboratory for trying out ideas, playing with materials, tinkering with and exploring possibilities- a space where children express their creativity by following their interests.

This course is ideally suited to individuals or teams working with 3-5 year old children, in either a Foundation Stage classroom/ Nursery School /Pre-school. Limited places available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Venue: The Ace Centre Nursery and Teaching School, Chipping Norton, OX7 5DZ

Cost: £85 including refreshments and lunch

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Monday 2 September 2019 09:30 - 16:00 The Ace Centre Nursery School Map

Code: OTSA/19/88 An Introduction to: Teaching Phonics

This workshop is an introduction to teaching phonological awareness, including basic initial letter sounds, blending and segmenting.

It is aimed at Early Years practitioners in any school, nursery, or childcare environment, to support the learning of children with special educational needs and disabilities, but would also be of interest to teachers and TAs from Special schools who work with children with severe, complex or profound disabilities, and of all ages.

This course will give you an understanding in how to identify and teach children who are accessing phonics at the early stages. It will allow you to teach children basic phonological awareness following each child’s individual learning style. It will give practical ideas to allow children, including those with SEN, to access phonics at phase 1 and 2 of the Government’s Letters and Sounds initiative.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 3 October 2019 16:00 - 17:45 Kingfisher School Map

Code: OTSA/19/69 SEND Reviewer Training

Have you read the SEND Review Framework, produced by the Whole School SEND Consortium?

Would you like to be trained to be a SEND Reviewer, yourself, in order to Review your own school or others?

Whether you are a Headteacher, SENCo or member of the Senior Leadership Team, participating in the SEND Review process is a rewarding and enriching experience that supports professional development, develops knowledge and inspires new ideas and ways of working.

It could also make a significant impact on the outcomes of pupils with SEND in your school.

This training event costs £130 + VAT, and includes lunch.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Tuesday 12 November 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Ripon College Cuddesdon Map

Code: OTSA/19/73 An Introduction to: Managing and Maximising TAs

They are your most important resource and most valuable classroom ally - but are you using them to their full potential?

Whether you are an NQT, Early career teacher, or new to managing a team, this session will introduce you to the essential principles for leading, utilising and cultivating the talents of your Teaching Assistants.

  • What is the role of a Teaching Assistant?
  • How can they add value to teacher input, without replacing it?
  • How can you support your support staff to feel more appreciated, valued and confident in their role?

Senior Leaders and experienced class teachers from the Iffley Academy will work with you to address individual cases.


£50 + VAT per person, or £25 +VAT for NQTs

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 21 November 2019 16:00 - 17:45 The Iffley Academy Map

Code: OTSA/19/101 Leading the EYFS with Skill and Confidence

To lead a team effectively and inspire a continual drive towards excellence requires highest quality leadership.

This long-term project will support leaders to deepen their understanding of the multi-faceted nature of their role; ensuring they are able to motivate and inspire their teams, whilst remaining focused on what matters for young children. The programme has been designed to provide you with many opportunities to reflect upon your own expertise and enrich your professional knowledge of outstanding early years education.

Throughout the course you will be invited to participate in a variety of gap tasks. Each will be designed to support you in your leadership journey and there will be opportunities to share and celebrate the groups learning on a fourth day to be arranged with delegates.

 This course is being run in Oxfordshire for OTSA by Early Excellence.

The three dates are: 25th November, 13th January & 9th March 

The cost for this course is £385.

The details of the three days are as follows:
Day 1 - Leading Values and agreeing outstanding practice in the Early Years

The project will begin by establishing clarity about what we want for young children and confident learners through school, taking delegates back to their motivations as educators as well as establishing a clear vision of excellence and strategy for school. The afternoon will explore the key elements of best practice and how the optimum conditions for learning are created for their children. We will then look at current methods of reflection and how they inform priorities for change.

Day 2 – Leading People

During the day we will consider and decide on how to effectively manage and lead others. Methods of mentoring and a range of performance management techniques including staff led action research will be shared and explored. From this, leaders will have begun to design effective staff development programmes as well as raising the profile of Early Years within whole school improvement strategies and the wider Early Years community.

Day 3 – Leading Accountability

A review of current approaches to assessment and how data can be used to inform practice as well as whole school strategy and operational systems. The rationale behind your choice of recording, documenting and reporting progress to internal and external partners, including parents, will be discussed and explored.


Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Monday 25 November 2019 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map
2 Monday 13 January 2020 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map
3 Monday 9 March 2020 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/90 Emotion Coaching

Emotion Coaching aims to empower the education and early years workforce with strategies to approach communication and behaviour effectively and empathetically. Through building awareness of attachments, emotions and self-regulation, professionals will acquire skills to empathise and unpick the reasons behind behaviour. This course will cover the following:
Six emotions and what they mean in everyday life
Stress regulatory systems
Positive, tolerable and toxic stress
Vagal Tone
Impact of secure attachments and co-regulation
Safe haven and secure base
Mirror neurons
What Emotion Coaching means in practice
The four steps to Emotion Coaching

The Emotion Coaching approach enables participants to feel valued and in control of situations. Emotion Coaching strengthens practise and provision through the promotion of positive relationships with children, practitioners and parents.


Delegates will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Cost £85+vat to include lunch and refreshments






Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 28 November 2019 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/71 Principles of Effective, Whole-class Differentiation

Differentiating lessons is a core responsibility for all classroom staff, but it can be difficult to know how to meet individual needs.

This session grounds participants in the principles that support all learners to achieve their maximum potential. 

Whether you are a Teaching Assistant, NQT or a teacher seeking some professional rejuvenation, this workshop is designed to  lead to more creative, more inclusive, and ultimately more productive differentiation.

Senior Leaders and experienced class teachers from Frank Wise Special school will work with you to support on individual concerns.


£50 + VAT per person, or £25 +VAT for NQTs

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 28 November 2019 16:00 - 17:30 Frank Wise School Map

Code: OTSA/19/64 Helicopter Stories - letting imagination fly

Helicopter Stories is an Early Years, Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 approach to communication and literacy skills based on the Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley, patron of MakeBelieve Arts. MakeBelieve Arts has been pioneering this work in the UK since its conception in 2002. It forms part of their Storytelling Curriculum.

Trisha Lee delivers a lively, engaging and interactive training day exploring story scribing and story acting with young children.

The training uses Trisha's bestselling book "Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories" as a resource and a copy of the book is included for each delegate.

The Benefits of Helicopter stories:·
An inclusive, whole-class pproach which values every child’s contribution;·
Facilitates high levels of engagement;·
Creates confidence and self- assurance;·
Supports the development of speaking skills as children express and share their ideas;·
Helps to develop accurate, active listening skills and understanding; ·
Supports co-operative and collaborative and creative learning; ·
Develops positive relationships within a shared storytelling experience;·
Allows children to explore the power of words as they see their stories come to life, and develop their ability to use and adapt language to communicate;·
Offers children a bridge into the world of story writing as they begin to see the links between the oral stories they compose and the words on a page.

 Feedback on Helicopter Stories:·
"Whoop whoop! Story scribing and helicopter storying are fab! Ahead of my moderation visit tomorrow my head met with me yesterday and the previous evening and was so pleased with the number of children who are writing and more than that writing independently!" ( feedback on Helicopter stories in practise)


Audience: EYFS practitioners and teachers / KS1 Teachers / SEND Practitioners working in schools and settings.

Cost: £115 to include lunch and a copy of "Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories" by Trisha Lee.

To find out more about Helicopter Stories and Trisha Lee click on this link https://www.makebelievearts.co.uk/helicopterstorieslettingimaginationfly

In its simplest form, Helicopter Stories lets children dictate their stories which are written down verbatim, exactly as they are told, by an EYFS or Key Stage 1 practitioner. The children then gather around a taped out stage and the stories are acted out.

Alongside the simplicity of this approach is an ethos that is child-centred, creating a culture of curiosity and wonder at the dexterity of children’s imaginings during both the telling and the acting out of their stories.

This holistic approach uses the power of storytelling to develop key curriculum areas such as creativity, communication and language, personal, social and emotional skills in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 classroom, giving children's stories a voice in a safe space.



Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Wednesday 4 December 2019 10:00 - 15:30 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/100 Helicopter Stories: The Follow Up Workshop

  • Have you introduced 'Helicopter Stories' to the children in your setting and would like ideas on how to embed it into your curriculum?
  • Have you observed the impact of implementing 'Helicopter Stories' to the children and would now like to develop your expertise further?
  • Have you experienced barriers and difficulties to delivering 'Helicopter Stories' that you would like help with finding solutions to?
  • Are you currently reviewing you Curriculum Design and would like to know how to make 'Helicopter Stories' an integral part of that?

Helicopter Stories: The Follow Up Workshop gives previous participants an ideal chance to refresh their understanding of 'Helicopter Stories' and gain valuable insights into the experiences of others in implementing the 'Helicopter Story' approach.
Within a supportive framework, Trisha will lead the workshop, using the 'real life' experiences of her own together with those of participants  to enable all to take the 'Helicopter Stories' approach to the next level, where its impact can be dynamic. 

This 1.5 hr workshop will include:

  • shared discussion about relevant experiences
  • collaborative planning in ideas on how to embed 'Helicopter Stories' throughout the year ahead
  • support and specialist advice from 'Helicopter Stories' expert and trainer, Trisha Lee

Date: 4th December 2019
Time: 4.00-5.30pm
Venue: Unipart House, Cowley, Oxford
Cost: £30 

Refreshments provided on arrival

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Wednesday 4 December 2019 16:00 - 17:30 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/74 An Introduction to: Restorative Practice

Whether you are a Teaching Assistant, NQT or an experienced teacher, at some point you will have to deal with bullying and conflicts in the school.

This session grounds participants in the principles of Restorative Practice, which supports all learners to resolve conflict and prevent harm.

There is good evidence that restorative practice delivers a wide range of benefits for schools, alleviating problems such as bullying, classroom disruption, truancy and poor attendance, antisocial behaviour, and disputes.

Senior Leaders and experienced class teachers from the Iffley Academy will work with you to support on individual concerns.


£50 + VAT per person, or £25 +VAT for NQTs

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 12 December 2019 16:00 - 17:45 The Iffley Academy Map