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National Conference for Teachers of PE in Early Years and Key Stage One

National Conference for Teachers of PE in Early Years and Key Stage One
Dates & Venues

    Welcome to the Third Conference for teachers of PE to the Early Years and Key Stage One age groups.

    There is growing awareness of the importance of movement for children at this stage of development.  The importance of establishing a foundation of physical literacy has long been recognised, but the significance of shoulder and core strength are more recent discoveries.  The importance of school PE in developing these capacities is enhanced by the growing impact of sedentary lifestyles.

    Also relevant is the impact of movement education in enhancing learning and social skills.  Compelling evidence links physical activity with readiness to learn, and the development of higher order skills such as self control.

    This Conference will present contemporary content to allow teachers of these age groups to develop their programmes and delivery to ensure that their pupils make optimum progress.  Engaging practical sessions will complement the Keynote address, and demonstrate activities designed to create wider impacts.  They will show how all pupils can improve these vital skills, including those who struggle with co-ordination.

    This event is suitable for specialist and non-specialist teachers of PE, including secondary specialists who are involved with teaching these age groups.


    9.30am:  Conference Assembles.  Refreshments

    10.00 am    Keynote Address: 
    Contemporary Approaches to PE in EY/KS1,  How Movement aids Learning
    with Lesley Minervini

    10.30 am: Practical:  Learning through Movement
    with Lesley Minervini

    11.30 am:  Refreshment Break

    11.45 am: Practical: Enhancing Physical Development: Progression from Early Years into Key Stage One
    with Karen Breen

    12.45 am:  Lunch

    1.30pmPractical Developing Children with Co-ordination Difficulties
    with Sharon Drew

    2.30 pm: Practical: Learning Patience and Persistence Through Games
    with Caroline Park


    1 place £189 2 places £315 4 places £499

    Conference runs 10.00am – 3.30pm. Price includes lunch, refreshments and notes. Excludes VAT.


    Lesley Minervini

    Lesley Minervini has over 25 years of experience working in education, and has worked with teachers throughout the world. She has authored many resources and courses including – Start to Move cards, Healthy Movers Take Home Pack , Purposeful Playtimes and PE Underpinning Achievement. She is the tutor trainer for British Athletics officials and officiates in Athletics around the world.

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    Caroline Park

    Caroline Park is a teacher, advisor and trainer.  She is an industry thought leader in developing physical abilities and cognitive capacities through innovative approaches to teaching.  She has been in charge of developing the Early Years physical literacy provision at several schools and is currently Head of PE at Cumnor House School.

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    Sharon Drew

    Sharon Drew PhD is an international trainer with a special interest in children and young people with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, physical skills development in young children and special educational needs.  Sharon is a well known author in the field and has written many practical resources for education practitioners.  These include the Smart Moves Motor Skills Development Programme, Movers and Creators – a resource for the Foundation Stage, Target Ladders, Fidget Busters and Cant Play Won’t Play.

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    Karen Breen

    Karen Breen works nationally within the primary sector as a PE specialist CPD teacher with schools and Further Education to upskill practitioners. She has almost 20 years of experience working within the secondary and primary sector in roles such as Head of PE and Deputy Headteacher. Her motto is to engage and equip practitioners to “Love PE” so that they will deliver a broad and inspiring curriculum to nurture their children’s love of movement from a young age. She is known for her fun and engaging delivery style which increases teacher confidence and knowledge.

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