Staff Training and CPD

As an Early Years staff we are very proactive in identifying training needs and moving our own learning forward.
Recently, we have used Julie Fisher's book Interacting or Interfering to evaluate our own practice and environment. Our desire to raise standards in writing have led to Mr Lindley organising some training for 35 practitioners at Wooler First School - in Helicopter Stories. A fantastic, holistic approach to Early Years writing.
 
All staff take part in moderation in a number of ways:
 School based: with colleagues we work with and colleagues from further up the school
Local Authority: with colleagues from across the county & at end of year to look at ELGs. Mr Lindley was externally moderated in May 2018, where judgements were robust and accurate. 
Cluster group: Mr Lindley helps organise this termly meeting across a number of local schools
 
We have also been active in creating a document that supports accurate assessment at the end of Nursery and Beginning of Reception. Alongside other local schools we have formed a detailed assessment that is going to be trialled in the Summer 2018 - Autumn 2018 terms. reflection and adaptations will be part of the process.
  
Mr Lindley is also actively involved with setting up a North East branch of 'Keeping Early Years Unique' - a Facebook group of like minded practitioners who believe in putting the child at the centre of what we do.  In June 2018 we are lucky to have Kym Scott visiting our setting to work alongside staff and leaders to identify further areas for improvement. She later posted on social media;
 
Today I visited Peter Lindley and the great EYFS team at Wooler first School in Northumberland. What a joy  to spend the day there, observing children who are trusted and enabled to follow their interests with support from attuned adults. They constantly live up to that trust by challenging themselves within the inspirational yet simple environment provided for them. Highly recommend a visit here to anyone in the area.