This year our speakers are:
Greg Bottrill -
Greg is a former Primary Assistant Head Teacher and Early Years Lead with a passion for play and early literacy. He is the author of the bestselling Early Years Education book ‘Can I Go And Play Now?’ which outlines the critical importance of play and child-led learning within schools and settings. He is an experienced speaker and workshop leader and is committed to enabling practitioners and school leaders to unearth the magic of children and
the power of play.
Jen Lexmond, Founder of Easy Peasy, speaking about the trial in Oxfordshire.
Jen is a social entrepreneur with a background in education and social mobility research. Jen founded EasyPeasy in 2014 as an experiment in applying user-centred design and scalable technology to help close the UK’s social mobility gap. EasyPeasy is a digital service that helps parents discover and play learning games with their children in the early years.
Kate Shelley, founder of Tales Toolkit, speaking about the initiative in Oxfordshire
Once upon a time there was a teacher Kate. She worked in London in many early years management and advisory roles. From Locality Lead for Play in Children’s Centres, Early Years Coordinator in Primary School to Deputy Head in a Nursery School. In the areas where she worked, Kate noticed lots of children entered school low in language, confidence, creativity and social skills. She created Tales Toolkit, a super powerful learning gizmo! Developed over time, in schools, winning many awards and linking with Goldsmiths University to prove maximum impact. And with little planning for teachers so everyone did live happily ever after!
Tamsin Grimmer – Author of School Readiness and the Characteristics of Effective Learning
Tamsin is passionate about young children’s learning and development and is fascinated by how very young children think. She has a keen interest in the different ways that children learn and how practitioners can support them. She is particularly interested in schematic play, active learning, promoting positive behaviour and supporting early language development.
Elizabeth Jarman – talking about positive learning spaces
Elizabeth is an internationally recognised learning environments expert. She is an award-winning author and has published over 20 books during her career. Elizabeth developed The Communication Friendly Spaces™ Approach in 2007, which uses the environment to support communication skills,
emotional well-being and physical development.