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

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
Pre-School Headteachers.

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.

About Dave Strudwick

Dave is Head of Plymouth School of Creative Arts, which has creativity at its core for children aged 3 to 16. At PSCA, started in September 2013, he has had the privilege to start a school from scratch. He has a love of learning, music, sport and architecture.

He has lead schools previously, written a book about behaviour and been involved in many interesting projects including the Blackawton Bees which resulted in the world’s youngest published scientists. However, the making of Plymouth School of Creative Arts leading an amazing team, is head and shoulders above the rest. This is a project that is already recognised internationally.

About Jonathan Ball

Jon is a Teacher with wide and varied experience. He has worked mainly in Primary, teaching all year groups from Nursery to Year 6 and has also worked with KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4 in Pupil Referral Units.

He has taught in many places around England and Wales as well as in Sri Lanka. He was an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor before becoming a teacher and is a Level 3 Forest School Leader.

He is currently Head of Outdoor Learning at Teignmouth Community School Mill Lane and is hoping to start a PhD in the impact of Outdoor Learning at some point in the future.

About Elinor Pepperell

Elinor Pepperell is a Speech and Language Therapist working for Virgin Care Ltd, Devon Integrated Children’s Services. She specialises in working at a universal level - embedding preventative, early identification and intervention approaches around communication, speech and language.

Elinor has worked extensively within early years and relishes the opportunity to work alongside other agencies to ensure the very best outcomes for young children.

Conference price

Conference price: £155+VAT
Bring a colleague to this conference for only £99+VAT


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