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#BrewEdEYOnline 3

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Saturday, 10.30 AM to 3.30 PM
July 11, 2020


EY Matters

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#BrewEdEYOnline 3

Zoom Online

Saturday, 10.30 AM to 3.30 PM
July 11, 2020


The third in our series of #BrewEdEYOnline events

BrewEdEY Events are open to all who work in the Early Years sector and to those working in other education phases; their focus is on early education but welcomes anyone with an interest in that particular phase of education.
They are also

  • a fantastic opportunity to hear from other people you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to listen to.
  • a chance to debate current hot topics
  • the opportunity to connect with other people with different areas of expertise

Perhaps the most important aspect is that it is about working together, deepening your pedagogy and gaining different perspectives.

How will it work?

  • Keynotes will be spaced an hour apart during the day and each presentation will be followed by a Q & A session
  • There will be ‘comfort’ breaks following each Q & A session until the time of the next Keynote, so you can dip in & out
  • Zoom session will start at 10.30 am and be open until after the Q & A Session following the final speaker

Schedule (subject to change)

  • 10.30: Welcome, introduction and housekeeping followed by Elaine Bennett ‘Climbing the stairs, Resisting the Lift: Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Year One’
  • 11.30: Sarah Watkins ‘Ensuring the Best Outcomes for Traveller Children
  • 12.30: Dr Valerie Daniel ‘The Internal Conflict of the Early Years Sector’ 
  • 13.30: Julie Kent ‘Talking Two Year Olds: A Holistic Approach ‘
  • 14.30: Gill Jones ‘Ofsted, the EIF and Lockdown’

About our Speakers
Elaine Bennett
Elaine began her career over 25 years ago as a Nursery Nurse before moving into teaching. Elaine is currently based in Shoeburyness, Essex as EYFS Leader. She has also worked as an EYFS advisor at Southend On Sea LA. In 2015 Elaine founded the Keeping Early Years Unique group – 46,000 members later and after a series of highly publicised campaigns including standing against baseline testing and challenging the Bold Beginnings report- its fair to say that this group is now much more than a facebook page. It is a movement- from the foundations. She continues to stand with the Early Years community.




Sarah Watkins
Sarah is a Reception teacher in a school on the Welsh borders. Sarah has taught every primary year group and was previously Head of School. Sarah regularly blogs and writes for publications such as Teach Early Years. Before teaching, Sarah worked for The Rural Media Company, an award-winning charity working with communities, schools, groups and individuals to create issue-driven films, heritage and digital arts projects that raise awareness and influence change. Traveller Times, a magazine by and for Travellers, is produced by Rural Media.




Dr Valerie Daniel
Valerie is a qualified Teacher with over 30 years’ experience and a school leader for the last 17 years. Valerie’s other roles include being a trustee for the Birmingham Nursery Schools Collaboration Trust (BNSCT), a member of Birmingham Schools Forum and the current chair of Birmingham Nursery Heads Forum. Valerie sits on a number of Local Authority Strategic groups and is one of the fifteen Birmingham Association of Maintained Nursery Schools (BAMNS) head teachers who work within a contractual collaboration. Valerie is a Dr of Education and continues a close working relationship with the University of Birmingham, her alma mater and also with University College Birmingham (UCB). She is a trained Systems Leader and Leadership Mentor for other headteachers and leaders in the Early Years Sector. Valerie has a deep interest in the dynamics of the current Early Years Sector and wrote her thesis on The Perceptions of a Leadership Crisis in the Early Years Sector (EYS).


Julie Kent
Julie initially qualified and practised as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS for 15 years, working with children in school and community settings. Prior to working in higher education, Julie led the team in a Sure Start Children’s Centre in rural Northamptonshire with a focus on developing the inter-agency working and the early communication support for children and families. She is a qualified trainer for the Early Language Development Programme and is a Makaton Regional Tutor. Her current research interests are in the communication environment in Early Years settings and the interface between health and education in the support for children’s early Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).



Gill Jones
Gill is one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and joined Ofsted in 2007, leading inspections of schools and children’s centres. She is the Deputy Director for Schools and Early Education, introducing the Early Years education inspection framework. Gill has held a number of roles in Ofsted, including senior HMI in the East of England and principal officer to the inspection policy of maintained primary schools.




Booking and Fees
This event is free to attend, but you will need to book a space via Eventbrite

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