Westminster Education Forum

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Next steps for early years education and the EYFS

October 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference focuses on priorities for early years education following the statutory introduction of the updated Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework this month, as well as examining the roll-out of the new framework so far.

It will be an opportunity to consider case studies and best practice in raising standards in the sector following the COVID-19 pandemic and the return to in-person inspections of early years settings, as well as wider priorities for early years staff, looking in particular at training, recruitment, retention, and workload.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:

  • Susie Owen, Director, Early Years and Schools Group, Department for Education
  • Laura Barbour, Early Years Lead, The Sutton Trust
  • Michael Freeston, Director of Quality Services, Early Years Alliance

There will be further contributions from:

  • Grove Street Primary School, Wirral, which was one of the Early Adopter schools for the revised EYFS framework
  • Bright Horizons discussing their new Early Years curriculum which will be introduced next month with a focus on children’s emotional wellbeing
  • Sheffield Hallam University on how partnerships which include early years settings, local authorities, and others can raise the overall standard of early years provision across a local area


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Education; Estyn; the Ministry of Justice; and Ofsted. Also due to attend are representatives from A Better Start Southend; Best Practice Network; Better Start Bradford; Birmingham Education Partnership; Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council; Blossom Educational; Bolton College; Bracknell Forest Council; British Kodály Academy; Cache; Cambridge Assessment; Cheshire West & Chester Council; Church of England; Durham County Council; East Sussex County Council; Edseco T/a The Education People; Education Development Trust; Essex Primary SCITT; GL Assessment; Homestart HOST; Leicestershire County Council; Lincolnshire County Council; London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham; London Borough of Merton; Nasen; Norfolk Count Council; Oaklands Nursery Staffordshire County Council; Oxfordshire County Council; Parental Engagement Network; Plumcroft Primary School, London; Royal Borough of Greenwich; Sheffield City Council; Surrey Virtual School; Team Education Trust; The National Foundation for Youth Music; Thorpe Lea Primary School; University of Aberdeen; University of East Anglia; University of Hertfordshire; University of Huddersfield; Wandsworth Borough Council; West Sussex County Council; and Woodlands Primary School, Salisbury.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles