Location: St George's International School, Luxembourg
Children’s well-being and involvement
Developing a powerful learning environment
Mental health and social competence
Exploration of the processes of learning
Monitoring & ensuring quality
The real outdoors
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About our Speakers
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Dr. Ferre Laevers
Director of the Research Centre for Experiential Education based at the University of Leuven and former President-elect of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association. Most of Dr Laever's work is linked to the innovative ‘Experiential Education’ project (EXE) of which he was the founding father, more than 40 years ago.
Julia Moons, senior member of the Leuven EXE-team
Julia Moons has been participating in the Experiential Education project since 1980. As a preschool teacher she was involved in several action research projects and has made a major contribution to the development of practice that supports well-being and involvement in children. As a senior member of the Leuven EXE-team she supports several developmental projects and the international dissemination of Experiential Education. Her name is linked with the ‘Box full of Feelings’, the ‘Process-oriented Child Monitoring System’ and the newest training DVD on ‘Observing involvement’.
Andy Burt, Curriculum Consultant & EYFS Trainer
Andy Burt is an experienced EYFS Teacher and School Leader who has explored open-ended, creative and innovative approaches to learning over a number of years. Research done in collaboration with Professor Pat Broadhead, focusing on Andy’s work, led to the exploration of ‘the whatever you want it to be place’ and the co-written text Understanding Young Children’s Learning through Play which was published by Routledge in 2011
Ruth Swailes, National Leadership Consultant
Ruth is an experienced senior leader. She has a wealth of experience in primary education with over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles including primary headship. Ruth has worked as a School Improvement Advisor, Early Years Consultant and moderator in several Local Authorities; supporting leaders and teachers to improve outcomes for pupils. Ruth is passionate about Early Years, having taught Nursery, YR and KS1. She is also a trained Ofsted inspector.