Early Years Summer Conference 2018

20th June 2018, Pirelli Stadium, Burton Upon Trent

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Neil Griffiths a Primary School Headteacher for 13 years before taking on the role of director of a National Literacy Support Project for the Basic Skills Agency.  He came up with and developed Story sacks, promoting them to schools and communities throughout the UK.  After six years, Neil became a freelance consultant, allowing him to devote all of his energies to the project and set up what is now the worldwide, highly acclaimed, and award winning Story sack phenomenon

Shonette Bason-Wood is a Guinness World Record Holder, mother of four, International Speaker and award-winning author.  Shonette is different in style and content, from her look to her ability to lift an audience to a whole new level of thinking.  She has created a positive global community within education in which educators put their own happiness first to impact on the children they work with.  Famous for her fine muscle exercise Dough Disco, Shonette works internationally with over 26 countries with Spread the Happiness Educators.

As a recent Head teachers conference Paul Smith (Head of Quality and Control) said ‘Shonette is not outstanding, but sensationally “standing out”

Her message, performance, political satire and precision timed delivery, smattered with eye watering humour and unrivalled passion truly empower the audience to take hold of their life now and live it.  Her education work spans all ages encouraging educators to take control of current trends and agendas to truly accelerate children’s learning, growth and development, by focussing on happiness, humour, reality, risk taking and positivity.


Conference Overview

Morning session:

Developing a Love of Reading. This highly thought-provoking and practical course will explore the many ways that adults, both in school and at home, can play a crucial role in helping develop their children into life-long readers.  The morning session will address:

*The latest statistics on reading trends and the requirements of the New Curriculum

*The powerful ways adults can ‘model’ the pleasure of reading

*The development of a reading culture

*Ways of auditing and choosing suitable reading material

*Approaches to celebrating and promoting books both in school and at home

*Inspirational ideas for sharing books

*The importance of story-time

*‘Read aloud’ techniques

Afternoon session:

Squiggle Me Into a Writer: Squiggle me into a writer is the next stage in the child’s early writing process.  We take the principles of Squiggle whilst you wiggle and develop them further into the actual writing of letters (both print and cursive styles are available).  Squiggle is based on neuroscientific principles and is proven to accelerate writing.

Active Literacy: This session will focus on early mark making and how to generate excitement for literacy (with practical ideas) in both staff and children; striking a perfect balance between a play based and a formal curriculum, both indoors and out and all on a shoestring.


Cost per delegate; This includes the days training plus lunch and refreshments.

Delegate rate - £150 (£120 for schools in the NEEDU Package)      PVI’s / Childminders - £60

Venue:  Pirelli Stadium (Burton Albion Stadium), Princess Way, Burton-On-Trent, DE13 OAR

To book: Call Laura on 01332 769821  / email lbaddiley@harrington.derby.sch.uk or confirm your interest below:-

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