South West Early Years Foundation Stage Conference: The Gender Agenda - Addressing the Gap
Monday 1st October 2018 | Sandy Park Conference Centre | 09:15-16:00
By the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, boys are likely to have fallen behind girls in every area of learning and development. New findings also confirm that the gender gap is highest in the most deprived areas. Whilst the well reported performance gap between boys and girls starts to show improvement within the EYFS in Devon, there is still almost 14% difference.
Led by expert keynote speakers Neil Farmer (author of ‘Getting it Right for Boys’) and Penny Tassoni (author of ‘Reducing Educational Disadvantage’) the conference will explore and consider strategies to support all practitioners to diminish the difference in outcomes within the EYFS.
A range of keynote presentations and complementing workshops will inspire, motivate and equip early years practitioners to effectively support all children’s learning and development, enabling each unique child to succeed, whatever their gender or background.
This conference will also focus on Reading at the heart of the curriculum, highlighted in the Ofsted Bold Beginnings survey, and the ‘word gap’ for disadvantaged learners, currently a high DfE priority. The importance of providing a stimulating, language rich environment which supports vocabulary development for all children is crucial and is a known indicator of future academic success.
This conference explores;
• Why raising outcomes in literacy makes so much difference
• Strategies to support emotional development so boys and girls can become successful learners
• How we can develop an enabling environment to meet the needs of boys and girls
Who Should Attend
This conference is suitable for all Early Years Practioners, Teachers, Leaders and Childminders as well as Primary and
About Penny Tassoni
Penny is a well-known education consultant, author and trainer who specialises in the whole spectrum of learning and play. Penny has written over 30 books many of which are best sellers in the sector.
Her latest professional book is ‘Getting It Right for Two Year Olds’. Penny is a sought after speaker both in the U.K and internationally where she has worked in Istanbul, China and Japan. In addition to training, Penny is also President of the PACEY and she also works as a consultant to some leading toy manufacturers.
About Neil Farmer
Neil Farmer has a background in early years education as a nursery and reception class teacher, advisory teacher, deputy head, Foundation Stage consultant and head of early years. He has made countless visits to numerous settings and schools, has completed SIP training, Ofsted training and he is a keynote speaker at regional and national events.
Neil is the author of 'Getting it Right for Boys'. The book explores how education establishments can help boys realise their true potential to reduce the risk of producing a generation of disaffected boys unable to assimilate new skills and knowledge, to empathise, to see themselves as capable and creative or to think imaginatively.
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"A real eye opener and thought provoking event. I can't wait to get back to my setting and to put it into practice."