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Foundation to key stage 1-2: Dr John Ingram, a Becta ICT In Practice Award winner, will discuss the practical, child-centred higher order thinking strategies that are being used across the 22 schools he works with in Country Durham.

Friday May 14, 10.30


KS1-2: The author and broadcaster Gervase Phinn will offer teachers a wide range of ideas and strategies in storytelling, including choice of theme, creation of character and use of language.

May 14, 12 noon.

Speaking and listening

Foundation stage: Viv Parsons, teacher adviser for early years with Lancashire Professional Development Service, will share her expertise in developing stimulating speaking and listening activities.

May 14, 1.30


Foundation stage: Education consultant Penny Tassoni's workshop looks at ways very young children can be encouraged to write as part of their play, with practical ideas for activities.

Saturday May 15, 10.30


Foundation to KS1: Neil Griffiths, creator of Storysacks, offers a practical session on how children's own stories can be used to promote mathematical thinking. May 15, 1.30 Art

Foundation stage: Alison Couchman, teacher and trainer, looks at ways in which art can be used to support early learning goals. A pack of support materials will be provided.

May 15, 1.30

All sessions last for 1 hour and are priced pound;10 per person in advance or pound;15 on the day. For full details of the seminar programme and how to register, and a list of exhibitors visit

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