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									Doing the Right
A one day early childhood education conference
exploring the development of reflective pedagogy, the role of the
educator, educative relationships with children as natural and
inquisitive learners.

Date: Friday 19 June 2009
Venue: Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne
Time: 9.30 – 4pm
ReFocus members £125
Non ReFocus members £140

As early years educators, we all want to ‘do the right thing’.
We recognise the need for a creative and reflective approach to teaching children. But what does this mean in

This day will explore the lessons of an action-research project by educators and artists of Walkergate Early Years
Centre, Newcastle, with Sightlines, into the creative responses of children within natural outdoor environments,
and the effects this has had on thinking and practice.
The aim was to support the children in exploring and enquiring, to harness their natural curiosity, their creativity
and imagination, to foster their learning about the world and about themselves.

The conference is designed to respond to the growing interest in the UK for developing reflective early years
pedagogy both in and outdoors. We will highlight the natural richness of the outdoor environment, show how
adults can support children’s innate curiosity to explore in nature, and how the natural environment supports the
wellbeing and learning of children and adults alike.

The conference will include viewing of the DVD, topic dialogue groups and presentations by Helen Moylett
(Senior Director Early Years National Strategies.), Dorothy Gregory (Former Headteacher, Walkergate Early
Years Centre), Pete McGuigan (Learning Director, CapeUK & Creative Partnerships West Yorkshire), and Robin
Duckett (Director Sightlines Initiative).

The event will also mark the official launch of the new DVD ‘Doing the Right Thing’ which illustrates the project.

We welcome applications from all early years’ professionals including: head teachers, teachers, advisers, CPD
providers, classroom assistants, artists, architects, children centre managers, lecturers, consultants etc.
We encourage people to attend in ‘working partnerships’, in order to maximise the long-term potential for

Travel: Located within easy reach of Newcastle train station and Newcastle International Airport (7 miles).
Nearest local metro station: Haymarket.

Please contact Sightlines for further information for accommodation suggestions. Participants are responsible for
their own bookings.
 Please note: All applications forms must be filled in on an individual basis and we cannot take block bookings:
                                 each application will be considered individually.

 Doing the Right Thing
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Step 1: Fill in application form.

Step 2: Email copy of application to

Step 3: Print, sign, date and send form to Margaret Harding. (Please note we require a
signed copy of the form before we can process your application)

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Professional Development Initiatives
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Procedures and Terms                                         Places on the conference are limited and we are
     Your application will be processed when we             unable to process your application until we receive
      receive your signed form.                              your signed form
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      Closing date for signed application forms is 5
                                                             application form and send to:
      June 2009. Late applicants should contact
      Sightlines Initiative directly to enquire of places.
      Cancellations made between 10 April 2009 and           Margaret Harding
      10 May 2009 will be subject to 15% of the fee.         Sightlines Initiative
      Cancellations made on/after 11 May 2009 will           20 Great North Road
      be subject to 60% of the fee.                          Newcastle upon Tyne
      Cancellations made after 5 June 2009 will be
      subject to 100% of the fee.
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     All conference fees are payable three weeks
      from invoice date and by 12th June 2009 at the
      latest. Late payments received without prior           After we receive your signed application form, you will
      agreement after this date will incur a 5%              receive an email within one week confirming your
      administration charge.                                 application.



Regards, Emma Pace/Margaret Harding (event organisers)

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