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Special Education Conference 2020

Thursday 21 May

Keynote: Professor Sally Tomlinson 

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Annual Early Years Conference 2021

Keynote: Julie Fisher

Interactions for mutual understanding, joy and learning power

Date: Tuesday 16 June 2021

University of Chichester, Bognor Regis Campus PO21 1HR

We are delighted to announce that JULIE FISHER will be the key note speaker at this year’s Annual Early Years Conference.

Julie Fisher is an independent Early Years Adviser and visiting Professor of Early Childhood Education at Oxford Brookes University. She has been the national Chair of a number of early years organisations including the National Association of Early Years Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants and the national Early Childhood Forum. In her work, she draws on her own research projects which engage her in constant contact with practitioners and children in both schools and settings. She is a well-known and respected author whose books include ‘Starting from the Child’ (4th edition 2013); ‘The Foundations of Learning’ (2002); ‘Moving On to Key Stage One’ (2010) and ‘Interacting or Interfering?’ (2016).

Key note speech –- Interacting or Interfering?

Every day, early years practitioners engage in interactions with young children that have the potential to enhance their learning. However, such is the temptation to squeeze every teaching moment out of each interaction that practitioners often interrupt children’s thinking and consequently interfere with their learning. Julie’s keynote will address the knowledge, timing and sensitivity necessary to interact effectively. Through the use of DVD footage as exemplification, conference delegates will have the opportunity to reflect on their own practice in considering what makes an interaction truly ‘effective’ (or not).

Workshop choices Include:

Workshop A – Leading or following? The complex role of the early childhood educator in the Reception Class and Key Stage 1 with Julie Fisher.

In recent times, the role of early childhood educators has become ever more challenging due to increasingly prescriptive external expectations. This workshop will examine the role of adults working in Reception classes and in Key Stage 1 as they plan to lead children’s learning and as they follow the lead of children engaged in their own exploration and play. Through the examination of DVD material it will consider the different benefits of both adult-led and child-led learning and how the adult role – in both contexts – is always crucial, no matter what it entails.

Workshop B – Key note speaker reflections with Debra Laxton This workshop will provide time and opportunity for professional dialogue linking to your own personal practice. This forum will allow you to share thoughts and ideas raised in the key note presentation with colleagues and other professionals to consider how you could develop practice in your setting/school. N.B. This reflection is led by Debra Laxton.

Workshop C – Tuning in to Babies – Detail to follow

Workshop D – Tuning in to pre-school children – Detail to follow

Workshop E – SEND Focus: Sensitive interaction and effective engagement – Detail to follow

Cost*: £80 per person (Early Bird cost of £70 if you book a place before TBC). All UniCAT staff benefit from a 10% discount on bookings from TBC onwards. £60 per person for Alumni.

*Registrations cancelled less than 30 days before the event will be eligible for full conference fees.

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Monday 6 July

Keynote: Michael Rosen

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