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Code: OTSA/20/33 Greg Bottrill: Shaping Confident and Highly Engaged Learners in the Early Years (Cancelled)

Join bestselling author and childhood specialist Greg Bottrill in an adventure into the magic of children and discover how to shape confident and highly engaged leaners through the golden blend of play and direct teaching in Early Years.

 The training day takes place at Unipart House Lecture Theatre in Oxford and is an inspirational journey into the heart of childhood in which you will discover your own creativity and curiosity.

The session will explore three cornerstones of childhood: joy, confidence and the world of imagination. Greg will demonstrate how to embrace curiosity and play through three approaches: The Message Centre , Play Projects and Drawing Club - all three of which are embedded in the concept of the magic of children, a door which when you step through can transform your practice and take it to the next level.

The Message Centre is a powerful way of bringing joy to early writing and mark making. Children need to see the purpose for writing, something that isn't always easy but the Message Centre brings purpose in bucketloads! Based around the concept of messaging, The Message Centre is a compelling way to sprinkle magic over your practice. Boys love messaging and this highly engaging approach, makes writing almost ‘addictive’.

Play Projects is an approach that utilises the building blocks of play and is firmly rooted in the idea that choice and emotional connection are critical to learning if children are going to be confident and challenge themselves. Play Projects are big on choice, creativity and collaboration - the very things that children need to gain independence and develop problem solving and critical thinking. Play Projects are ideal as a means of facilitating transition into KS1, but they can be adapted right the way through to Year 6 if schools are seeking to explore how
to make children’s experiences more playful and personal. 

If you want to develop early literacy and a joy of stories with your children, without dominating your continuous provision with 'literacy topic' then Drawing Club is perfect for you! A really exciting way to explore the magic of story that can impact on the whole curriculum. Based on drawing, imagination and language, Drawing Club uses Greg's principle of the 3Ms to turn it into practice that can have extraordinary outcomes for children.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Wednesday 20 May 2020 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/20/27 Supporting Good Emotional and Mental Health in Schools (Family Links)

This practical and interactive workshop will explore how to:

  • Recognise and respond to signs of poor mental health - with a focus on practical strategies, on how to manage this in a class based setting.
  • Understand boundaries and professional responsibilities - with a view on how to support Families as you interact with them; with practical ideas on how to manage this in a time effective way.
  • Recap on Safeguarding Procedures - particularly in view of Families who are and are not recognised as being in need.
  • Strategies to support your own and other children's emotional health - with a guide to flashpoints in the day and useful settling activities for individuals, groups and a class.

Family Links run courses using:

  • Interactive content: case studies, role play and dialogues.
  • Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences and think about how the strategies can be used in their own school context.
  • Content which is supported by statistics, research evidence and current policy recommendations.
  • Facilitation of materials which has been trialled with education and mental health professionals (teachers, school leaders, school counsellors and clinical psychologists).

Cost: £50 + VAT

 

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Wednesday 20 May 2020 13:30 - 16:30 Family Links Map

Code: OTSA/20/30 Working Effectively with Parents (Family Links)

This practical and interactive workshop will explore how to:

This practical and interactive workshop will explore strategies for building effective relationships with parents/ carers.  Participants will be provided with opportunities to practise strategies for managing challenging situations, and reflect on a whole school approach which involves pupils, staff and parents/ carers. 

Family Links run courses using:

  • Interactive content: case studies, role play and dialogues.
  • Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own experiences and think about how the strategies can be used in their own school context.
  • Content which is supported by statistics, research evidence and current policy recommendations.
  • Facilitation of materials which has been trialled with education and mental health professionals (teachers, school leaders, school counsellors and clinical psychologists).

 £50 + VAT per person

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Wednesday 3 June 2020 13:30 - 16:30 Family Links Map

Code: OTSA/19/101 Leading the EYFS with Skill and Confidence (EVENT FULL)

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: 13th January, 9th March & 25th June 2020

The cost for this course is £385+ VAT

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 13 January 2020 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map
2 Monday 9 March 2020 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map
3 Thursday 25 June 2020 09:00 - 16:00 Unipart House Map