150 teachers and learning professionals from across the Yorkshire and North East region will gather at a York school this Saturday, for a conference focusing on current trends and techniques in education for young children.
The event is being hosted by Clifton School and Nursery, part of St Peter’s School, and will allow delegates to discuss and share good practice and current teaching philosophy.
Head of Clifton, Phil Hardy, said:
Teachers are responsible for young children to receive the best possible start to their education, to ensure that they grow and develop into happy, confident and successful young people and adults. We hope the day will provide guidance and inspiration to teachers who are facing the challenges of teaching the next generation of young children.
The full day event will centre around presentations on teaching in three areas: Creative Writing, Philosophy and Mathematics.
Liz Million, author/illustrator of children’s books such as ‘Little Fred Riding Hood’ and ‘Noisy Neighbours’, will talk about her work as a writer and her efforts at inspiring creativity in children.
Chris Tidswell, Deputy Head at Clifton School and Nursery, will lead discussions on the idea that children should be taught to question assumptions and think critically from an early age, with his talk ‘Teaching Philosophy and Critical Thinking for Young Children’.
Dave Godfrey, a highly experienced primary teacher and a qualified ‘Sense of Number’ Maths Trainer, will open the third session with a talk on ‘Rejuvenating Mathematics in the Classroom’, which will focus on ways to inspire a love of mathematics in young children. Dave’s work consists of Maths training for teachers, Number Fun Activity Days in schools and the creation of resources for Primary mathematics.
Teachers and learning professionals from as far afield as Lincoln and Newcastle will be attending the one day conference.
Clifton School and Nursery caters for children between the ages of 3 and 8. It is part of St Peter’s School, one of the oldest schools in the world and one of the best-performing schools in the North.