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After the success of our education and early years student conferences last year, we’re excited to host a new range of events for 2023-24.

We’re inviting your learners to join us virtually to explore a range of topics within the sector to gain insight into the varied career pathways available to them.

Save the date for our upcoming events and register your place today! 
The unique child

Wednesday 21 February 2024, 2 – 4:30pm

During this conference, your learners will appreciate the critical importance of recognising, valuing and respecting the holistic needs of each child. 


Enriching professional practice and communities – Thursday 6 June 2024, 10am – 12:30pm 

During this conference, your learners will learn more about collaborative, shared expertise when working towards best outcomes for babies, young children and their families. 


Can’t attend the events?  

Don’t worry! You can still register for the events and you’ll be sent a recording once it has taken place.  

Watch our past student conferences!

Professional development for the reflective practitioner: Early Years and Supporting Teaching and Learning 

During this conference, students learnt about the career opportunities within this rewarding sector. We had a packed agenda with some fantastic speakers, sessions included:

  • exploring the rewards and challenges of careers in residential childcare (Laura Thornley, Learning Development Manager at My Choice Homes) 
  • career opportunities as a Hospital Play Specialist and playwork in prisons as well as HE opportunities (Nicky Everett and Emma Booth, Lecturers in Childhood Development and Playwork at Leeds Beckett University) 
  • student experience within the Early Years Educator (Kelly Hill, Founder and CEO of The Early Years Company and Owner of Codsall Community Nursery and apprentice)  
  • the career and opportunities of a Teaching Assistant (Amy Clifton, Tutor Assessor at Alpha International Training)  
  • discussing working as a Teaching Assistant and Teaching and Learning with children and young people (Luiza Dewison, teacher of English with added responsibility for Phonics, Literacy interventions and assessment) 
  • inspiring you with diverse and rewarding experiences with reflections from a HE student (Star) Serena Wilkes, Lecturer in Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion Studies the University of Wolverhampton and student and HE student).  

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Event feedback  

We’re always keen to hear your feedback on our student conferences and any ideas you have for future conferences so we can continue to improve our events for your learners. If you’ve attended one of our events, please fill in this short survey, alternatively, you can send your feedback via email: [email protected]  

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