Seminar Programme

Two educational and informative seminar programmes will be running throughout Childcare & Education Expo London on both days.  Choose your seminars from the Early Years or Primary streams to suit your setting.

For every seminar attended, visitors will receive an electronic CPD certificate after the event. Seminar sessions cost £14 when booked in advance and £19 when booked at the show. All prices exclude VAT.

Friday 20th March

Early Years Theatre

10.45am – 11.30am: What makes a successful leader in the Early Years? June O’ Sullivan MBE, Chief Executive, LEYF

Leading childcare settings is complex. Not least, because it addresses two different issues. Firstly, providing childcare places for parents who work and secondly providing educational opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, in order to give them the best start in life. Therefore, leaders in childcare settings require a broad range of leadership skills, knowledge and understanding if they are to successfully deliver on both these challenges.

June O’ Sullivan MBE, Chief Executive, LEYF

June O Sullivan

11.45am – 12.30pm: Awe, Wonder and Imagination – Inspiring Creativity through Play - Ben Kingston-Hughes

This unique seminar highlights the fascinating new neuroscience behind creativity and showcases a vibrant series of playful experiences to help children on the most important journey they will ever take. It also looks at the profound and life changing impact of positive adults inspiring creativity in children. Mind-blowing new information and a host of ideas to take back to the setting make this seminar essential for anyone working with children.

Ben Kingston-Hughes, Managing Director, Inspired Children

Ben Kingston Hughes

12.45pm – 1.30pm: The Curiosity Approach - Are you Curious? - Lyndsey Hellyn and Stephanie Bennett

Lyndsey Hellyn and Stephanie Bennett are the founders of this inspirational pedagogy, a modern-day approach to Early Years. The Curiosity Approach is sweeping the UK and beyond, with thousands of educators now embarking on a journey to transform their provisions and practice and become Curiosity Approach settings. Come and listen to them talk passionately and explain how The Curiosity Approach pedagogy is adapting to life in our modern technological age. A whirlwind tour to inspire, excite and motivate.

Lyndsey Hellyn and Stephanie Bennett, Co-Founders, The Curiosity Approach

1.45pm – 2.30pm: Inspirational Environments for the Under 3’s - Maria Moon

Draw inspiration and revisit the principles of creating an enabling environment for the under threes. An opportunity to reflect and consider how child development supports planning for an inspirational environment and how to further develop your own enabling environments.

Maria Moon, Senior Curriculum Consultant, Early Excellence

Maria Moon

2.45pm – 3.30pm: Inspiring Children’s Learning with Nature Pedagogy - Claire Warden

Claire will help you visualise what nature pedagogy can look like in your setting. Nature pedagogy is a way of creating an environment that places the natural world, not just outdoor play, at the heart of everything we do with children. It goes deeper than décor and resources and considers real world learning and the genuine empowerment of children as authors, innovators and thinkers in an environment that inspires.

Claire Warden, Education Consultant, Mindstretchers Ltd

Primary Theatre

10.45am – 11.30am: The Primary School of the Future - Mike Aylen

  • Creating a compelling vision for your Primary school
  • What are the skills leadership teams require so they can create a lasting and outstanding culture?
  • The difference between vision and mission in creating an outstanding school

Mike Aylen, Chair, National Association for Primary Education

Mike Aylen

11.45am – 12.30pm: Leadership for Quality Teaching: Proven Practices that Raise Standards - David Weston

  • Creating a culture of continuous improvement
  • Professional development with visible impact
  • Cutting edge evidence-informed ideas
  • Case studies from highly successful schools

David Weston, Chief Executive, Teacher Development Trust; Chair, DfE CPD Expert Group; Author, Unleashing Great Teaching – the Secrets to the Most Effective Teacher Development

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Developing Enjoyment, Resilience and Attainment in Learning Through Self-Regulation - Amutha Rasapalan

  • Strategies to build teacher confidence and improve pupil learning through self-regulation
  • How does physical and personal development impact pupils’ learning?
  • Understanding what works and what doesn’t for different pupils
  • What is the relationship between personal and social development and teaching, learning and assessment in classrooms today

Amutha Rasapalan, Trainer and Consultant, Young Minds

1.45pm – 2.30pm: The Importance of Music Education in Primary Education - Thomas Kemp

  • What is the impact of music education, music practice, or exposure to music on school achievement, school attendance rates and pupils’ conduct in primary education?
  • What the latest research tells us about the role of music on social competencies, of motivation to learn, IQ, and the ability to concentrate?
  • How does music influence learning in core subjects as language or maths as well as contribute to the attainment of core goals of learning?
  • Overcoming barriers that different pupils have faced, and currently face, in making progress in music

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, Music@Malling

2.45pm – 3.30pm: A Great Vision and Clear Values - Critical for Excellence - Sonia Gill

  • Sonia has helped many schools develop their powerful vision and she will be sharing:
    Why a vision and values are necessary to move from good to great
  • Why visions go wrong
  • How to get your vision working
  • The impact a powerful vision has
  • The importance of values in creating a high performing culture

Sonia Gill, Founder, Heads Up

Sonia Gill

Saturday 21st March

Early Years Theatre

10.45am – 11.30am: Empowering Early Years – Developing Effective SEND support - Kerry Payne

This seminar is thought-provoking, practical and interactive.  Practitioners will have the opportunity to think about their high-quality teaching and provision including how to build upon this to support children with different types of SEND.  It will empower practitioners and give them the skills and tools to act in the first instance of early intervention. This course includes a free resource for building your own SEND toolkit.

Kerry Payne, Early Childhood Specialist, EYFS 4 Me

Kerry Payne

11.45am – 12.30pm: Managing workload in early years settings - Melanie Pilcher

There is a wealth of evidence concerned with the occupational well-being of Teachers that looks closely at sources of stress at work and its impact.  Until recently there were no similar studies aimed at early years practitioners. In this session, the Early Years Alliance’s Quality and Standards Manager Melanie Pilcher focuses on the workload and stress associated with working in early years, drawing on evidence from the Alliance’s 2019 workload survey.

Melanie Pilcher, Quality and Standards Manager, Early Years Alliance

Melanie Piltcher

12.45pm – 1.30pm: Positive Programming for Little Minds - Stacey Kelly

Children are shaped by what they consistently hear, see and feel in their early years. Our words and actions are powerful and can have a huge impact on a child’s development. This seminar will explore different practices, giving food for thought and alternative ideas of how to get the best out of children now and in the future.

Stacey Kelly, Founder of Early Years Story Box, Early Years Story Box

1.45pm – 2.30pm: Putting wellbeing at the heart of your organisation - Linda Baston-Pitt

Does wellbeing sound like a fluffy nice-to-have notion when you are struggling to meet the demands of keeping your staff whilst meeting new Ofsted requirements? Join Linda to learn how promoting health and wellbeing throughout your setting will breathe back the life and soul of your organisation and the people who work there. You’ll retain your staff and exceed Ofsted requirements along the way but, most importantly, you will play a key role in halting the obesity crisis and in setting firm foundations for children and families to have healthy, happy lives.

Linda Baston-Pitt, CEO, PurpleBee Learning Ltd

2.45pm – 3.30pm: Changing Pedagogy, Changing Play - Alice Sharp

This session will share current thinking and theory and how it should be impacting our practice. We will explore a range of contexts to stimulate creative thinking. We will consider how we shape environments to offer rich learning, through engaging with sensitive, knowledgeable and nurturing adults. We will identify ‘provocations’ that could be used to support sustained thinking and child developmental processes.

Alice Sharp, Managing Director, Adventures with Alice

Alice Sharp

Primary Theatre

10.45am – 11.30am: Supporting Literacy in Primary Schools - Fiona Evans

  • What are the latest trends regarding reading enjoyment levels amongst children in the UK?
  • What is the impact of literacy skills and the intergenerational cycle on social mobility?
  • What are the most effective types of literacy skills teaching?
  • How can primary age children keep an enjoyment of reading going?
  • Understanding teaching strategies that develop skills for literacy?

Fiona Evans, Director of Schools Programmes, National Literary Trust

Fiona Evans

11.45am – 12.30pm: Making Space for Synthetic Phonics in the School Curriculum - Chris Jolly and Emma Ince

  • Why must be multi-sensory and active teaching must be an intrinsic part of the school day
  • Embracing a synthetic phonics approach to improve literacy skills across the ability range
  • Recognizing the need for reading programs to include a variety of methods
  • The need for an evidence-informed approach to literacy teaching combined with teachers’ professional autonomy in raising standards of reading.

Chris Jolly, Managing Director, Jolly Phonics and Emma Ince, Deputy Head Teacher, Tudor Primary School 

Chris Jolly

12.45pm – 1.30pm: The Joy of Not Knowing – Nurturing a Love of Creative Thinking and Lifelong Learning in Early Years Settings and Primary Classrooms - Marcelo Staricoff

An interactive session that will demonstrate how the principles and very easy to implement strategies that underpin the JONK approach lead to all children becoming intrinsically motivated to want to know and to learn:

  • How can classroom and school values-led cultures be built to ensure that the curriculum is presented to the children in a way that promotes their curiosity, creativity, resilience, strategic awareness and independence?
  • How can schools incorporate a Learning to Learn Week to launch the academic year, equipping children with all they need to remove barriers and to develop as successful individuals, creative and philosophical thinkers, lifelong learners and global citizens?
  • How can school leaders and teachers bridge the partnership with families and the community to maximise the impact on the life chances of every child?
  • How can your school be part of the Start Thinking Early, Empezar Pensando and the Joy of Not Knowing book projects (all due to be published in 2020) and in a Thinking Through the Arts Project in collaboration with the Aldrich Foundation?

Marcelo Staricoff, Former Headteacher and Author, Start Thinking – Daily Starters to Inspire Thinking in Primary Classrooms

1.45pm – 2.30pm: Evidence Informed Innovation and Evaluation - Alicia Shaw

  • Using in-school information to identify the issue you wish to address
  • Using research evidence to find a potential solution (including how to identify unhelpful sources of evidence)
  • How to monitor the impact of your new approach to ensure it is effective.

Alicia Shaw, Research Schools Facilitator, Institute for Effective Education

Alicia Shaw

2.45pm – 3.30pm: Embedding Creativity in Teaching and Learning - Drew Rowlands

  • What are the cultural and pedagogical changes necessary for creativity to be embedded in schools?
  • How is creativity in learning and teaching impacted by classroom culture?
  • What strategies facilitate teaching moving from knowledge to creative habits?
  • How can school leaders and teachers help develop creativity at their schools?

Drew Rowlands, Deputy Chief Executive, IVE

Drew Rowlands