Friday, 15 November 2019

Observation, Assessment and Planning

Vision to Provision Session 2.

With over 50 participants attending session 1 of Vision to Provision, we are confident that woodwork is now being implemented throughout many Early Years settings.

We have changed how we run the programme based on the feedback from headteachers and EYFS leads. Over the past two years, we have been working with EYFS leads on developing a clear vision for their settings. We now feel that it would be a great opportunity to broaden Vision to Provision to include all Early Years practitioners with the focus of embedding the vision.

This year we will still run the 6 part programme, but this will be open to all Teachers, Nursery Nurses and Teaching assistants in Early Years to attend. All courses will be FREE for all schools in Havering.

In previous years, we have asked that the EYFS leads attend all sessions as each session followed on from the previous session. This year the sessions are more stand alone as we have planned them based on what the EYFS leads have said they would like as a CPD programme for their colleagues, to support in embedding the vision. We have already planned for many of the sessions to be led by Early Years consultants, which means that places will be limited. This would mean however, that you could send a colleague to the session in the morning and then a different colleague to the session in the afternoon, or you could pick which sessions would be most beneficial to your school. As these sessions will be held in different schools, a tour will also be available.

Vision to Provision dates will be:

Tuesday 8th October - Pete Moorhouse - Developing woodwork in the Early Years @ Broadford School - please note change of venue

Tuesday 10th December - Jo Stanley - Cycle of Observing, assessing and planning @ Suttons Primary School

Thursday 13th February - The Write stuff for Early years - fantastic foundations @ Mead School

Tuesday 31st March - Jo Stanley - Continuous Provision - venue TBC

Thursday 7th May - Alison Shorter - Outdoor learning incorporating Forest Schools @ Mead School

Tuesday 2nd July - Susan Ogier - Expressive arts and design - venue TBC

All sessions will be either 9.00 - 12.00 or 12.30 - 3.30

Vision to Provision session (Day 2) will be led by Joanne Stanley

Date: Tuesday 10th October

Time: 9.00 -12.00 or 12.30- 3.30

Venue: Suttons Primary School

Please note that the school gates close between 8.20-8.50am and 2.50-3.20pm. There is some parking within the overflow carpark and as there is no marked spaces – the closer cars park the more we will be able to get in. We are also a short walk from Hornchurch station.

To book onto Vision to Provision this year, you will need to book through the Teaching School -​ There are limited places for each of the courses, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Forest School Level 3 Training

Forest School Leader Level 3

We are excited to announce that we have an opportunity to provide Forest School training (level 3) through the Teaching School, as we have been able to enlist a Forest School trainer to fully deliver the training.

Level 3 is designed to qualify the trainee to become a Forest School Leader, able to set up and run a Forest School programme. Level 3 covers how to facilitate groups in a learner-centred way, and how to manage a Forest School site sustainably. It also covers the practical skills required of a Forest School Leader.

The training will take place at Holly Trees Primary School in Brentwood. The Level 3 Certificate in Leading Forest School qualification requires you to spend a total of 5 days of training, followed by 4 days of assessment (dates to be clarified). There is also a written portfolio to complete which is roughly ‘A’ level standard.

Normally the cost of full training, would be £750. However, through the Teaching School, we will be able to subsidise this cost and offer this to all schools at the fantastic price of £500 per participant. This covers all training days, observation assessment, portfolio marking and certification.

What will you need to consider before you go on a training course?

  • You will need enthusiasm. Bags of this will go a long way! 
  • You do not need any specialist knowledge or previous skills to access this course. 
  • Your Forest School Adventure may start with your learning on a training course, but the learning will not end when you have your certificate.
  • Your school/setting/organisation will need to be behind you, as they will need to help you with organising and running your first project (which will happen during your training).
  • You will need to run six sessions of Forest School between the initial training and the assessment week (although no tool work or fires until fully qualified)
  • You will need to complete a 16 hour paediatric outdoor first aid course separately. The first aid can be done whenever suits individuals or organisations but must be completed before teaching tools and fires once you achieve Level 3.
  • You will need to identify a site you can use and a group to work with. (We have a site available in Havering)

If you require any further details or would like to express an interest, please contact Joanne Stanley at

Dates will be confirmed once we have confirmed numbers to ensure the dates are workable for all.