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Coming Soon….

Come and join some Learning Lady training in  2017/18

This year the Learning Lady is delighted to be providing training in partnership with the following organisations:




Fun With Phonics (in Reception) and Fab Phonics (in Y1)

  • Dynamic, synthetic phonics training courses for Reception and Year 1 teachers which include:
  • Heaps of inspirational ideas to take away                                                                                    
  • Demonstration footage and ‘live’ teaching to observe best practice delivered by The Learning Lady!
  • Top tips for planning and assessment
  • Trouble shooting and personal support              

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Fun With Phonics Reception Dates

Monday 27th November 2017, 9.30-4.00, Cotgrave Candleby Lane Primary School, Nottinghamshire


Monday 15th January 2018, 9.30-4.00, Nottinghamshire County Council


Fab Phonics Y1 Dates

Thursday 26th October 2017, 9.30-4.00, Fossebrook Primary School, Leicester


Tuesday 28th November 2017, 9.30-4.00, Cotgrave Candleby Lane Primary School, Nottinghamshire


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Pre-Phonics-Getting Them Ready for Reading

With the emphasis on high expectations in phonics in our schools, it is more important than ever that our youngest children have well developed early phonic skills at the preschool stage. This inspirational pre-phonics training course will show you how!

Attendance on this course will undoubtedly impact on the teaching of pre-phonic skills in your school or setting, enabling children to tune in, remember and talk about sounds in readiness for the phonic work to come.

A VERY Practical course which goes way beyond Letters & Sounds
Heaps of inspirational ideas to take away
Top tips for planning and assessment
Trouble shooting and personal support

Pre-Phonics Dates

Tuesday 16th January 2018, 9.30-4.00, Nottinghamshire County Council


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Creative Maths: Problem Solving in the EYFS

This extremely popular EYFS course, addresses the critical area of problem solving in early mathematical development; both through adult led learning and continuous provision opportunities. Attendance on this course will provide staff with a wealth of practical strategies and suggestions, directly impacting on the teaching and learning of Mathematics in your EYFS.

Delegates will :

  • consider how children acquire early reasoning and critical thinking skills
  • investigate methods for actively engaging  children in creative mathematical activities
  • recognise the impact of The Characteristics of Effective Learning  on Outstanding EYFS mathematics
  • analyse the difficulties and barriers to problem solving experienced in the classroom
  • identify and plan to improve aspects of professional practice

Monday 20th November 2017, 9.30pm-4.00pm, Ashmount School, Loughborough


Wednesday 17th January 2018, 9.30-4.00, Nottinghamshire County Council


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Spectacular Spelling in Year 2

A much requested CPD course to address the emphasis of Spelling in Key Stage 1. This course will inspire, prepare and enthuse delegates, providing them with the skills, confidence and understanding to deliver outstanding lessons in this tricky subject area.

Why choose this Key Stage One Spelling course?

  • Heaps of inspirational ideas to get started straight away
  • Encouragingly realistic top tips for planning, assessment and delivery
  • Productive and practical trouble shooting and personal support
  • Fun, motivational and thought provoking delivery
  • Watch Live Key Stage 1 Spelling sessions delivered by The Learning Lady!

Outstanding Objective Led Planning in the Early Years

Objective led planning or ‘in the moment planning’ is currently popular with early years practitioners and with good reason- it establishes a thoroughly child centred approach at the heart of the curriculum. However, the practicalities of establishing and maintaining high quality, objective led planning, with the right balance of teaching and play based learning is demanding and not without its challenges.

Delegates will:

  • Acquire depth of understanding in the area of objective led planning; including use of baseline information and strategic long term thinking.
  • Practise mid- term planning, with child centred learning (rather than topic driven objectives) as a clear focus.
  • Review different types of play regarding relevance, interest and learning; for higher levels of engagement, concentration, creativity and critical thinking.
  • Consider and develop ideas for differentiation and challenge within a curriculum which is primarily child initiated
  • Evaluate own planning and practice, identifying next steps towards further improvement.

Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 9.30-4.00, Fossebrook Primary School, Leicester


Monday 22nd January 2018, 9.30-4.00, Linby, Nottinghamshire


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Engaging Boys:Getting them writing no matter what!


Closing the gender gap in writing outcomes continues to be an area for EYFS improvement nationally. This course looks at the key learning differences between boys and girls, to tackle this issue head on ! Practitioners attending this course will take away practical ideas and common sense solutions to apply back in the EYFS classroom straight away.

Tuesday 10th October 2017, 1pm-4pm, Ashmount School, Loughborough


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The Essential Early Language Toolkit

Children’s starting points in language development are widely accepted as a key factor impacting on progress and outcomes in the EYFS. However, nationally increasing numbers of children begin school at developmental stages well below those expected. This course will provide all EYFS staff with a tool kit for achieving rapid progress;  identifying early signs of language delay and strategies for closing developmental gaps through high quality everyday provision.

Delegates will receive:

  • Heaps of inspirational ideas to support children in your school straight away.
  • Practical solutions for identifying early language / communication difficulties, with simple strategies to tackle language problems through quality first provision.
  • Productive and practical trouble shooting and personal support
  • An opportunity to develop a professional case study and share ideas with colleagues from different settings.

Friday 12th January 2018, 9.30-12.00 and Monday 12th February 2018, 9.30-12.00, Linby, Nottinghamshire 


PLACES ARE LIMITED ON ALL COURSES so be sure to book well in advance

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Can’t Get to the training? No Problem! The Learning Lady travels near and far to ensure that EVERYONE can access the most up-to-date practical and inspiring Early Years training.

All courses can be run as stand alone INSET packages or many schools / settings work with The Learning Lady to design a unique and bespoke package  to meet the individual requirements of the community they serve.

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