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2015 Annual National Conference: Explore, Discover, Create


Hosted by Cornwall & Devon Branch

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 June


Friday 12th June

1.30-4.00pm  Afternoon visits

A variety of settings will be opening their doors to delegates – all deemed Beacon settings by the local authority. Details will be sent to each delegate on booking a place at the conference and arrangements for visits will be made directly with the Branch.

1.30-4.00pm  Afternoon workshops

  1. A Place for Creative Reflection.  Free-flow, drop-in session on creative approaches to reflection.  Led by Karen Wicket and Plymouth University students.
  2. Sustainability.  Free-flow, drop-in session

6.30-8.00pm   Opening social event with drinks and light refreshments.    

Venue: Drakes’ Reservoir, Plymouth University 


Saturday 13 June

Venue: Portland Square Building, Plymouth University 

9.15am   Registration, refreshments and trade exhibition

9.45am   Welcome and introductions

10.00am   Opening keynote speech: Professor Peter Moss

Explore, Discover, Create

11.00am  Refreshments and trade exhibition

11.30am  Morning workshops

Select 1 from 4 workshops:

A. Giraffes can dance! with Plymouth City Council

B. Information & communications technology in early childhood education with John Siraj-Blatchford

C. Stories in action:  using the narrative journey method for connecting children to nature with Phil Waters

D. Making natural connections: partnerships to increase confidence in practice with the Plymouth Hub from the Natural Connections Demonstration Project

12.30pm   Lunch and trade exhibition

1.30pm   Afternoon workshops

Select 1 from 4 workshops:

E. Outstanding evidence of children’s learning with Marine Academy Primary

F. The readiness debate – discussion form with Verity Campbell-Barr and Karen Wicket

G. Stories in action:  using the narrative journey method for connecting children to nature with Phil Waters

H. Reaching fathers with young children with Ian Blackwell

2.30pm   Closing keynote speech: John Siraj-Blatchford

Education for Sustainable Development in Early Childhood: a retrospective on the UNESCO Decade and prospects for the future

3.30pm   Closing remarks

3.45pm   Invitation to Conference 2016

4.00pm   Close of conference


Saturday, 13 June, 2015

Members: £115 Sat only, £145 Fri/Sat,

Non-members £170 Sat only, £200 Fri/Sat

Accommodation not included.  We have negotiated a special price of £69 per night B&B at the Jury's Inn, Plymouth (discount code available on request when we receive your booking).  Additional options can be found at

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