The excitement is building with 1 month to go until we welcome Ferre Laevers and Julia Moons to the South West for the TSSW Early Years Conference 2020.
Ferre is director of the Research Centre for Experiential Education based at the University of Leuven and former President-elect of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association. Most of his work is linked to the innovative ‘Experiential Education’ project (EXE) of which he was the founding father, more than 35 years ago.
In EXE, a child’s wellbeing and the intensity of his or her mental activity (involvement) is seen as a key indicator for the ‘power’ of the learning environment and a condition for ‘deep-level learning’.
Julia Moons has been part of the EXE project since 1980. As a preschool teacher she has made a major contribution to the development of practice that supports well-being and involvement in children.
This conference was established because of the Teaching Schools South West (TSSW) Early Years SLE teams’ desire to bring specialists to Exeter and ensure inspirational speakers are available to all teachers across the South West.
Tickets are still available for the Conference, priced at £80 for TSSW members | £150 for other delegates.
What a term! So much has happened this autumn term we thought we would do a quick update before we head into the new year.
ESP have been very lucky to welcome new schools over the last few months, taking the total number of registered schools to 89. Their NQT support sessions have been a success and they are looking forward to developing these for next year. This month Keri and Sacha attended the Exeter University Teacher Recruitment event. It was great to talk to the next generation of teachers and receive such lovely positive feedback. ESP hope to have the opportunity to work with them next academic year.
ESP also have exciting plans to expand the office team and are currently recruiting a part-time administrator to join Keri and Sacha with arranging cover for the 89 schools. If you are interested or know someone who might be, more information about the role can be found on our website.
The autumn term has been a busy one for supply and ESP have reached a record number of bookings, covering almost 700 in November, their busiest month ever since starting ESP. We expect and hope this trend will continue in the new year as well.
We wish all our teachers, teaching assistants and colleagues in registered schools a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Enjoy the Christmas break everyone and we will see you in 2020!
It’s been a jam-packed autumn term for our CPD offering with over 500 delegates taking part across 23 courses. Notable events comprised our Inclusion Forum, Teaching & Learning Symposium and the first ever TSSW Literacy Conference which saw 124 delegates fill Exeter Racecourse to enjoy 3 keynote speeches and a variety of workshops by national and regional experts.
Our popular subject networks also continued to thrive with excellent attendances for Science, Maths, English, School Business Managers, Art, PE and Computing.
Focus has already shifted to the Spring term with plenty of courses arranged for colleagues of all disciplines. The Technology Conference will take place on Friday 7th February at Tiverton Hotel and feature a keynote speech and workshop from Mr P (Lee Parkinson). New courses will also launch including TA Training, Trauma Informed Training and a Primary PSHE Network. Here’s to another successful term!
Are you interested in developing a better understanding of wellbeing?
Are you curious about how you might improve the culture of wellbeing in your school?
What’s on offer?
This wellbeing hub will run initially for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year. This will involve four half-termly training sessions, finishing in the summer term. Sessions will cover the following themes: Recognising Resilience and Wellbeing, Relationships, Stress/Anxiety, Challenging Conversations and Listening and Communication Skills.
Who is leading the training?
Sessions will be facilitated by Russell Pearson (Deputy Head at Willowbrook School) and Liz Scott and Stu Newberry, who run the organisation ‘Inner Compass’. Liz and Stu are experienced coaches who specialise in the field of wellbeing.
This hub is being formed because we are passionate about bringing together schools in the local area who are keen to place ‘wellbeing’ at the heart of what they do. We know that collectively we can make great things happen in the communities that we serve.
Sessions will take place after school (4.00-5.30pm) on the following dates:
Session 1: Tuesday 4th February 2020 Session 2: Thursday 12th March 2020
Session 3: Tuesday 5th May 2020 Session 4: Tuesday 23rd June 2020
All sessions will take place at Willowbrook School (Summer Lane, Exeter). Free parking is available opposite the school in the Arena Carpark.
What cost is involved?
The cost for each delegate is £180 (working out as £45 per session).
For further information, please email Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Other session times are available (check the ISBL training calendar for dates HERE)
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