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Nursery Schools Teaching Schools Conference 2019: bringing together research and practice


About the conference

Following the success of last year's Nursery Schools Teaching Schools conference, this second conference is being held to allow current and potential early years teaching school staff, including National Leaders of Education (NLEs), Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) and Local Leaders of Education (LLEs) to come together to share their experiences of providing system leadership in the early years.  This year's  conference takes as a focus the central role of teaching schools in conducting and disseminating research.

Who should attend?

This conference is intended to bring together practitioners and researchers to share examples of practitioner research and research which might influence practice, and to establish potential partnerships for the future.  It is intended for

  • those working in Nursery School Teaching Schools and Teaching School Alliances
  • any early years practitioners interested in conducting or hearing about research
  • researchers in universities who want to disseminate existing research findings or develop partnerships with practitioners to carry out future research.

Provisional programme

9.00am Registration
9.30am Welcome and introductions
9.45am Opening plenary: Research for system leadership: evaluating the impact of Early Years Teaching Schools, Dr Sandra Mathers, University of Oxford
10.45am Refreshments and posters

Workshops (details to follow)

  1. Research-linked work at St Edmund's/Bradford Birth to 19, Anne-Marie Merifield and Andrea Layzell
  2. SEND and/or Transitions research at Pen Green, Felicity Dewsbury and colleagues
12.30pm  Lunch and posters

Workshops (details to follow)

  1. How to set up and fund research, Kay Owen, University of Derby
  2. How can Research schools support the sustainability of Maintained Nursery schools and the wider Early Years sector? Lil Newton, Highfield Nursery School
  3. Participatory research approaches with young children, Sophia Gowers, University of Derby

Closing plenary: Early Learning without Limits, Dame Alison Peacock, CEO, Chartered College of Teaching

Alison will talk about the importance of the early years and the necessity of the wider profession learning more about how young children learn.  She will illustrate how she aims to ensure that the Chartered College of Teaching can support this through working in partnership with early years educators.

3.30pm Close of conference

Submit a proposal for a poster

If you have research findings to share, please submit a proposal for a poster or workshop using our online form by Friday 8 February 2019.  You will be informed of the outcome of your proposal in early February.  Registration for the conference itself is a separate process: please register to attend the conference using the online form at the foot of this page.

Dr Sandra Mathers
Dame Alison Peacock
Event type: 
University of Derby, Kedleston Rd, Derby DE22 1GB
Friday, 15 March, 2019

Members: £70

Non-members: £80

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