~ identifying and maximising the scope in the DfE 2020 ‘Development Matters’ for renewing professionalism and pedagogical culture ~
An online conversation between Sightlines Initiative Network members representing centres in the private, maintained and voluntary sectors, FE/HE colleges, plus early years colleague Jan Dubiel, who played a significant part in creating the new guidance document.
The new Development Matters is ‘thinner’ than previous documents which have constrained professionalism by over-programmatization. Our premiss is that there is an opportunity to seize in the thinness, in that the spaces give room for developing a new depth of pedagogical culture by individual settings that are researchful and motivated. Our aim is to identify where there are breathing spaces to work professionally and researchfully, without defending against hidebound strictures.
There is equal need and scope for FE and HE colleges to provide course experiences which nurture professionalism in educators – especially in being researchful. We recognise that currently much recent initial professional formation has been competency-based, matching the recent highly structured ‘programmes of learning’ which have been produced by government departments. As a result many educators (practitioners) and managers are not geared up to inhabit these ‘spaces for growth’ - they may feel empty and unnerving, creating a yearning for ‘old certainties’ and comprehensive manuals.
Undoubtedly there are criticisms and concerns about languages or aspects of the document, and we can recognise and note these at the outset without dwelling on them unduly, unless they present fundamental challenges. The main point is to articulate the ways in which so-inclined centres can wholeheartedly move into evolving researchful pedagogy, and the opportunities for FE/HE course leaders to produce formative courses which support this professionalism.
This first conversation is open to attendance online by others, who will also have opportunities to contribute thoughts and comments.
|Date||Thursday 3rd December 2020|
|Member Discount||Free to members, but it is open to all.|
Jan Dubiel, EY educator & consultant, DfE/QCA lead
Chris Merrick –past EY advisor & inspector, chair of governors, SI consultant, past early years centre lead
Louise Lowings – past EY advisor, current head of Madeley Nursery School, Telford
Jackie Warren – CEO, Growing Places nursery centres, Portsmouth
Rebecca Webb – education lecturer, University of Sussex
Diane Gregory, Manager, Childsplay Nursery, Newcastle
Robin Duckett, early years educator, founder/director, Sightlines Initiative
Caroline El-Semman, director, Little Jungle School of Early Childhood
|Times||4 - 5.30pm|
This session will cover:
- A short history and principles of blockplay
- What block play offers: reflecting on practice
- A celebration of children’s wonderful ideas
- The practicalities of blockplay organisation.
There will be opportunities for viewers to ask questions.
Dr Deborah Albon is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Roehampton and writer.
Ann Bridges was formerly headteacher of a nursery school and consultant.
Solveig Morris was formerly a headteacher of a nursery and infant school, a local authority inspector for early years education and consultant. She is also a co-ordinator for London ReFocus – a regional network group of Sightlines Initiative.
Helen Tovey was formerly a headteacher of a nursery school and principal lecturer at the Froebel College, University of Roehampton. She is a Froebel travelling tutor and author of early years publications.
All four presenters have been inspired by the work of Pat Gura who died recently. Pat, as a researcher for early years education, was particularly known for her contribution to the Froebel Blockplay Research Project (directed by Tina Bruce) in the late 1980s which explored the use of Community Playthings blocks in early years settings. Ann and Deborah, as practitioners, were original members of the research group. The legacy left by this project is relevant today as it was then.
|Date||Thursday 11th February 2021|
Dr Deborah Albon
|Times||4 - 5.15 p.m.|