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Every two months we hold a TA Forum that allows us to listen to the sector and allows you share aspects of your practice to help us develop ways to support you through a range of CPD activities.

This forum is an opportunity to share good practice as well as a way of supporting one another.

If you are interested in joining our forum please contact [email protected] or [email protected]


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January 2024
Teaching early brain development

We recently hosted another free, insightful CPD TA event on 25 January 2024 on the topic of early brain development.

We were pleased to be joined by Ella Lloyd Newman, the research lead on the SEEN (Secondary Education around Early Neurodevelopment) programme which focuses on teaching early brain development. Ella has worked on the SEEN project in its pilot phase at the University of Oxford and is now implementing the roll out of the SEEN curriculum to schools nationwide. She has a background in neuroscience and experimental psychology with a focus on neurodevelopment, memory, and mental health, and has also worked in both academic and clinical research at the University of Oxford, University of Bristol and in the NHS. Within the NHS, Ella has worked clinically in maternity services, where she engaged with families about the importance of brain development in the early years.

We were also joined by Miranda Baxter, Deputy Director of Families as part of Campaign for Learning here at NCFE. Miranda shared details around parents as partners in supporting children’s development, as well as sharing some exciting resources that Family for Learning provide.

If you have any other questions regarding this event, please contact:

Janet King, Sector Manager Education and Early Years [email protected]
Angie Rogers, Subject Chair Education and Early Years [email protected]

TA Forum event - Teaching early brain development
October 2023

Watch the October 2023 forum with guest speaker Katy Mitchell from the Ewing Foundation. The focus for this event was inclusion in a teaching and learning environment.

TA Forum October 2023 – Inclusivity in a teaching and learning environment.
July 2023

Watch the July 2023 forum with guest speaker Trevor Cotterill, Senior Lecturer in Education and SEND, and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disabilities at the University of Derby. 

TA Forum July 2023 – Supporting SEND children in education