Scotland Policy Conferences

Early Years provision: expanding childcare, growing and diversifying the workforce, and the future for the Scottish National Standardised Assessments

Morning, Thursday, 12th March 2020

Central Edinburgh

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference will examine the next steps for early years education in Scotland, focusing on child development in the early years - including:

  • Expanding funded childcare - progress in implementation and its wider impact;
  • Developing the early years workforce - improving recruitment, diversifying the workforce, and supporting learning and development; and
  • The future of Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA) for P1 pupils - addressing concerns and implementation.

Speakers

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People - on the expansion of funded childcare;
  • Jean Carwood-Edwards, Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland - on sector priorities and ensuring high quality provision; and
  • David Leng, Professional Advisor, The Scottish Government - on the implementation of Standardised Assessments for P1 pupils and addressing concerns.

Further confirmed speakers include: Jackie Galbraith, West Lothian College; Dr Geetha Marcus, Queen Margaret University; Peter McCleod, Care Inspectorate; Khadija Mohammed, Working Group for Diversity in the Teaching Profession; Sue Palmer, Literary Specialist and Upstart Scotland; Eileen Prior, Connect; Kenny Spence, Men in Childcare; Cameron Sprague, Stramash Fort William Outdoor Nursery and a senior speaker confirmed from NASUWT.


The agenda

  • Building a flexible and high-quality early years system;
  • Progress and next steps: expanding funded childcare and addressing disadvantage in the early years;
  • Supporting, growing and diversifying the early years workforce - recruitment and staff development;
  • Key sector priorities - ensuring high quality provision;
  • The future of Scottish National Standardised Assessments (SNSA) for P1 pupils - addressing concerns and implementation; and
  • The next steps for the SNSA - stakeholder perspectives on implementation.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Seminars organised by Scotland Policy Conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with a range of interested officials who have reserved places representing: the Care Inspectorate; Education Scotland; Road Safety Scotland and The Scottish Government.



Keynote Speaker

Maree Todd MSP

Minister for Children and Young People

Keynote Speakers

Maree Todd MSP

Minister for Children and Young People

Jean Carwood-Edwards

Chief Executive, Early Years Scotland

David Leng

Professional Advisor, The Scottish Government

Chairs

Beatrice Wishart MSP

Member, Education and Skills Committee

Iain Gray MSP

Member, Education and Skills Committee

Speakers

Dr Geetha Marcus

Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Sociology and Education Division, Queen Margaret University

Peter McCleod

Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate

Sue Palmer

Literacy Specialist and Chair, Upstart Scotland

Senior speaker confirmed from NASUWT

Cameron Sprague

Team Leader, Stramash Fort William Outdoor Nursery

Kenny Spence

Project Manager, Men in Childcare

Khadija Mohammed

Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of the West of Scotland and Member, Working Group for Diversity in the Teaching Profession

Eileen Prior

Executive Director, Connect

Jackie Galbraith

Principal and Chief Executive Officer, West Lothian College