Monday, 14 January 2019

TA Training - Nuffield Early Language Intervention

On Friday, we welcomed back our TAs who are implementing The Nuffield Early Language Intervention across 15 school as part of the School Strategic Improvement Fund project. The project is a third of the way through and is now in the final 10 weeks. The project continues to be successful due the commitment, self reflection and knowldege that the TAs are bringing to the project.

The Nuffield Early Language Intervention is an evidence-based oral language intervention for children in nursery and reception who show weakness in their oral language skills and who are therefore at risk of experiencing difficulty with reading. It is delivered over 30 weeks by teaching assistants in groups of 3-4 children.

The intervention was developed by a team from the University of York, who subsequently carried out a randomised control trial in 15 schools and feeder-nurseries across Yorkshire. After 30 weeks, the children who had received the intervention had improved expressive language skills, including the use of vocabulary and grammar. Their letter-sound knowledge and spelling also improved, indicating the foundations of phonics were in place.

Monday, 3 December 2018

CPD Training with Pete Moorhouse

We were delighted to welcome Pete Moorhouse to Mead Primay School to deliver day 2 of our Vision to Provision programme. This was a fantastic opportunity for Havering's EYFS Leads to take part in some fantastic CPD funded through Havering Primary Teaching School Alliance. With 37 schools represented, we look forward to seeing how woodwork develops across the curriculum throughout the year. Pete will be back to join us for a final conference in May.
Pete Moorhouse is passionate about encouraging creative thinking in Early Years Education. He has over 25 years experience working with schools.
Pete is the leading authority on Woodwork in Early Years Education and has several journal articles and books published. Pete is an  Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol currently researching Creativity and Critical thinking in Early Years Education
Pete is dedicated to providing opportunities for all children to express their creativity and develop their creative and critical thinking skills, and firmly believes in narrowing the gap in attainment and improving outcomes for all children.

Friday, 2 November 2018

NQT Programme - Session 1

NQT Session 1 - Personal Wellbeing and Mindfulness

This week we started our first NQT session for 2018/19. The first session was to think about Personal Wellbeing and Mindfulness through discussion and thought provoking activities, led by AHT and facilitator, Georgina ward.

Katherine Weare Emeritus Professor, Universities of Exeter and Southampton report discusses that research identifies that the wider adult and workplace literature on the impacts of mindfulness, show:

  • reductions in stress, burnout and anxiety, including a reduction in days off work and feelings of task and time pressure, improved ability to manage thoughts and behaviour, an increase in coping skills, motivation, planning and problem solving, and taking more time to relax. 
  • better mental health including less distress, negative emotion, depression and anxiety. 
  • greater wellbeing, including life satisfaction, self-confidence, self-efficacy, selfcompassion and sense of personal growth. 
  • increased kindness and compassion to others, including greater empathy, tolerance, forgiveness and patience, and less anger and hostility. 
  • better physical health, including lower blood pressure, declines in cortisol (a stress hormone) and fewer reported physical health problems. 
  • increased cognitive performance, including the ability to pay attention and focus, make decisions and respond flexibly to challenges. 
  • enhanced job performance, including better classroom management and organisation, greater ability to prioritise, to see the whole picture, to be more selfmotivated and autonomous, to show greater attunement to students’ needs, and achieve more supportive relationships with them. 
We look forwrad to welcoming our NQT back for the seocnd session on Tuesday 27th November.

Monday, 1 October 2018

SSIF project: SLE Training Day 3

Today the Early Years SLEs completed their third day of training to support our Strategic School Improvement Fund project. SLEs from across our borough and from The London Borough of Redbridge came together to complete the Elklan Speech and Language support training for 3 - 5s, lead by Sarah Dunne. This level of intensive training will enable the SLEs to support in schools not only with the NELI intervention but to also support the wider provision to enable schools to become Communication Friendly. 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Vision to Provision Returns!!

We are delighted to be able to deliver the Vision to Provision programme again this year, funded through Havering Primary Teaching School Alliance. This programme is free to all EYFS leads across Havering.

The programme is designed to facilitate continuing professional development for Early Years Leaders, focusing specifically on the establishment of a vision for everyday practice, the practical application of leadership strategies and the ensuring of a great start to school for all Havering Reception aged pupils.

This year's programme has been planned around feedback given from participants who attended the programme last year.

Please ensure that you book onto all the sessions and make sure that you bring your Headteacher to the conference days. Sign up on the Havering Portal!

First full day conference for EYFS Leaders and Headteachers: Friday 19th October - Keynote speaker: Sarah Dunne

EYFS Leadership training half day session: Monday 3rd December

EYFS Leadership training half day session: Monday 11th February

EYFS Leadership training half day session: Tuesday 2nd April

Second full day conference for EYFS Leaders and Headteachers: Thursday 9th May - keynote speaker: Pete Moorhouse

EYFS Leadership training half day session: Tuesday 2nd July

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Effective Listening

1. Listen with your whole self.
Maintain eye contact without staring or glaring. Concentrate on the speaker and lean slightly forward to communicate that you are open to what is being said. Nod, smile, or ask a relevant question if you need clarification. This way, you send a nonverbal message that you are “in the moment” and fully involved in the conversation. Don’t rush or hurry the exchange.Be wholly and fully present, and you’ll be long remembered.

Related: Listening Is an Art, and Mastering it Will Make You a Great Leader

2. Smile.
A warm, genuine smile is the most beautiful curve on the human body. Your friendly expression says, “I’m approachable and interested,” and it can immediately put others at ease. When you smile during small talk you let people know you appreciate talking to them and you increase your longevity.
3. Open up and relax.

We have a tendency to “fold up” when we feel uncomfortable or threatened. We cross our arms, legs or ankles, shift in our seat, put our hands in our pockets or even angle our body away from others.

These postures, in effect, “disconnect” or close you off from the person who is speaking. Body language expert Janine Driver writes in her bestselling book, You Say More Than You Think: “The direction our belly button faces reflects our attitude and reveals our emotional state. When we suddenly turn our navel toward a door or exit or away from someone, we subconsciously send the signal that we want out of the conversation and perhaps even out of the interaction.”

4. Be aware of nervous gestures.
It’s natural to feel tense in certain situations, but if you want to socialize and meet people you should try to conceal your nervousness as best you can.

Nervousness manifests itself in many ways. Common signs of unease include fussing with your hair, jewelry, or clothing, adjusting your tie, clearing your throat every few minutes, repeatedly clicking a ballpoint pen, wiggling your foot, picking at your cuticles, and biting your fingernails in public. Keep your body parts as still as possible without appearing stiff.

Try to relax and take a few deep breaths.

5. Initiate contact.
If people don’t seem to be approaching you, then take the initiative and be the first person to say hello. This demonstrates confidence and immediately shows your interest in the other person. As the conversation begins, nod, focus on what the other person is saying, and resist the temptation to interrupt or finish someone else’s sentences.

6. Ask questions.
People perk up when we demonstrate a focused and sincere interest in them and their story. If you take an active interest in the lives of those around you, people will remember and appreciate you for making the effort.

Active listening and being fully present for the other person will make you more memorable than you imagine. The willingness to step outside of yourself and your concerns happens when wisdom, generosity of spirit, and compassion are combined with your intent to honor another human being.

Read the full article here

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Perseverance: The Key to Turning Failure into Success

“Success is never final. Failure is never fatal.”

The above quote has two important truths about success: 
  1. don’t become complacent when you have it
  2. don’t give up on it when you stumble.
History is full of examples of people who failed and then went on to experience great success: 
  • Bill Gates’ first business flopped.
  • Oprah Winfrey was fired from one of her first television jobs. 
  • Elvis Presley was told: “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”
More examples of successful people who overcame failure

Their stories show that failure should never be the end of the story. If you keep your goals in sight and persevere, you can eventually reach them.

We’re all human, so we’re going to face setbacks or make mistakes from time to time. The key is to keep moving forward toward your goals. If you approach your life with resilience and determination, you can turn any failure into success.