We all know that the continuity of learning through the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One is of paramount importance. But how is this achieved?
By putting the characteristics of effective learning at the centre of excellence and building up knowledge and understanding on what has gone before – which is exactly what this masterclass will provide.
With a focus on the quality of education your school or setting provides for its pupils and community this course will examine the potential, possibilities, and impact of continuing the learning journey from EYFS into KS1 - so that children, know more, can do more, and remember more and why it is important to do so.
Focusing on change, consistency, and continuity this course will unpick how young children learn best, including the development of increased independence, self-management, and executive function.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Early years & KS1 teachers and leaders. Head teachers, Governors.
KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES
This masterclass will enable you to:
Explain with clarity why your curriculum is structured and how ambitious and aspirational it is.
Develop the clear links in children’s deeper level learning and understanding. of themselves, others, and their wider responsibilities.
Develop schematics of learning for children to experience and explore that are transferable and embedded across year groups.
Ensure consistency of pedagogy across the year groups and build a powerful force for learning building upon executive function and metacognition.
Review routines and environments and ensure that these meet the diverse needs of early learners.
Upskill staff members in child development – looking in particular at physical and emotional well-being and the connectedness of the brain.
Neil’s previous role was Head of Early Years in Surrey– this post involved working at a strategic level with all sectors of Childcare provision to ensure implementation and monitoring of the EYFS and the Outcome Duties. He worked closely with Early Years Improvement Teams and the Primary Consultants, ensuring that analysis was used to highlight areas for improvement. He has completed his MA in Education.
Neil is a vastly experienced Early Years and Foundation Stage teacher – he has taught for many years in Nursery, Reception, and other Year groups. He has been a Foundation Stage leader, deputy head, and head of school. As member of School Leadership Teams and as an external advisor has supported and directed numerous schools through successful Ofsted’s and transformations.
Neil was also an Early Years Advisory Teacher and Consultant for Croydon, Head of Early Years in Waltham Forest – where he implemented a rigorous system of Quality Assurance that resulted in vastly improved outcomes for children, a narrowing of the ‘gap’ and Improved Ofsted results for all sectors of Early Years provision.
Neil is a Governor at 2 Primary schools in England and on the Board of Directors for a newly founded Multi Academy Trust.