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NSTS Conference 2018 - workshops

Programme of workshops

Morning slot

A. Funding Opportunities and Grants. Experience of a SSIF Bid and other Applications

As a maintained nursery school in a district where grant funding is a necessary means of survival, we will share the possibilities and challenges of being a small fish in a sea of sharks, sharing our experience of both large and small level applications, including collaborative bids.

Facilitators: Andrea Layzell, Workforce Development Leader St Edmund’s NSCC, Anne-Marie Merifield, Executive Head, St Edmund’s Nursery School and CC and others tbc

B. Cambridge Early Years teaching school alliance (CEYTSA) three years on…

This workshop tells the story of how CEYTSA set up its initial teacher training SCITT programme working in partnership with CREC (Centre for Research into Early Childhood). We share our journey of how the course has produced high quality teachers with (QTS) and an early year’s specialism.

From our ITT successes to the current national challenges, CEYTSA share their vision and plans for sustainability including the following projects:

  • The SEND story - Working in partnership with local authority (data evidence based project) 
  • The BID story - SSIF Round 3 STEP programme
  • Future funding for Nursery Schools and the impact on leadership within the teaching school

This workshop includes getting to know your data, identifying the need to build relationships with other teaching schools and our own LA (Local Authority) as well as working with neighbouring LA’s to attract and establish partnership work.

From vision to impact, CEYTSA take you on an hour’s journey to share what we’ve learnt and why we believe sustaining an Early Years Teaching School is vital in the current educational climate.

Facilitators: Kay Blayney, SCITT programme manager & Kay Dimelow, ex Headteacher /T&L lead, Cambridge Early Years Teaching School Alliance

C. Applying to become a Teaching School

Due to low demand, this workshop will not run, but delegates are welcome to meet informally with Dr Lesley Curtis to discuss any questions they have about applying to become a Teaching School during this slot.

Afternoon slot

D. Developing Research in Early years : opportunities and examples of how we can join up across the sector/Introduction to the Research schools network

Interactive session to gather insights into projects already going on and 5 key messages to help those who are wanting to get something off  the ground.

Hear a bit about what the opportunity Area in Ipswich are doing and the role of the Research school in this.

A chance to share what is happening and develop an evidence based approach.

Facilitators: Eileen Allpress Ipswich Research School Director, Formally head teacher of Castle hill Infant School Ipswich and Lil Newton, Head Teacher, Highfield Nursery School

E. Maximising the potential for system leadership

This workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect on the opportunities available for maintained nursery schools to maximise their influence in their individual contexts.

Facilitator: Nikki Oldhams, Headteacher, Chelwood Nursery School 

F. Building on Success: a workshop for school business managers

A practical workshop to identify, discuss and share top tips on the following areas; Project Management, Financial Management, Teaching School Evaluation and Reporting.  The workshop is aimed at Teaching School Leads and Business Managers.

Facilitators: Laura Baddiley, Strategic Business Director, and Wendy Colbourne, Headteacher, Harrington Nursery School, Derby