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Alliance announces line-up for Annual Conference

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The Alliance has revealed the line-up for its annual conference, including Nobel-prize winning economist and academic James Heckman.

Heckman, creator of the famous Heckman Curve, will be discussing how investment in early childhood development can impact social economic and health outcomes.

Other speakers include Sir Kevan Collins, who is leading the government’s Education Recovery programme and will be speaking about how the scheme will support the early years sector, and Guilaine Kinouani, critical psychologist and author of Living While Black, who will be discussing race and diversity in early childhood.

Alliance chief executive Neil Leitch will also be addressing attendees.

The event, titled: We are Educators: putting early years at the heart of education policy, will consider what steps can be taken to ensure that the early years is seen as an integral part of the education sector in England.

All attendees will also have an opportunity to attend one of three practical seminars:

  • Implementing the revised EYFS - hosted by teacher, consultant, trainer and project lead for Birth to 5 Matters, Nancy Stewart
  • Prioritising play - hosted by Dr Yinka Olusoga, programme director of the University of Sheffield’s BA (Hons) Education, Culture and Childhood
  • Early years inspection update - hosted by Wendy Ratcliff, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector and principal officer for early education at Ofsted

Commenting, Alliance chief executive, Neil Leitch, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to announce a truly stellar line up for this year’s conference. After an incredibly challenging year, there is no better time to reflect on the vital role that the early years plays in a child’s educational journey, and to explore how we can ensure that the sector receives the respect, recognition and – crucially – the investment it deserves from those in power.

“We know that in the coming months, early years settings will play a pivotal part in supporting the development of the young children who have lived through this unprecedented situation. I really look forward to hearing the contributions of our speakers and to incorporating their critical insights into our important work as we look to support the sector in its transition to the new, post-Covid normal.”

Book your tickets
Book your tickets for We are Educators here - tickets cost £15 for non-members and are free to Alliance members. The ticket cost will be refundable to anyone who joins the Alliance within 48 hours of the event.