On Wednesday 31st January, Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance hosted an Early Years Network Meeting at Okehampton Primary School, for teachers across Devon who work with children from 2 to 5 years old.
In order to inspire local teachers, an Internationally Accredited Early Years consultant, Alistair Bryce-Clegg was invited to share his knowledge and expertise in this area. Alistair was a Headteacher of a very successful three-form entry Infant School and Early Years Unit in the North of England for ten years. Alongside his headship, he worked with a diverse range of settings to help them to enhance their Early Years practice. In 2009, Alistair left headship and went into full time consultancy. He is now the proud owner of ABC Does. Alistair’s experience and expertise has meant that he has been invited to work with individuals, settings and Local Authorities, both Nationally and Internationally. He has written on the subject of Early Years teaching for a wide variety of publications and is well respected within his field, due to his ethos of leading by example, rather than by simply “telling” teachers what to do.
Alistair spent three hours at Okehampton Primary School focusing on giving teachers some insightful ideas about how to encourage young children to develop the skills needed for writing.
Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance’s Early Years Specialist Leader of Education, Suzie Stevens who is Assistant Headteacher at Okehampton Primary School said, “It was a wonderful opportunity to listen to an Internationally acclaimed Early Years speaker in our local setting. Alistair gave more than 50 local teachers lots of inspiring ideas and tips to develop their practice and take back to their schools. His fantastic sense of humour and realistic anecdotes resulted in teachers having not only an informative day, but also an enjoyable experience too.”