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Teaching students not content - towards a more child centered pedagogy in the Early Years.
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 30 Jun 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Teaching Students not Content - Towards a more Child Centered pedagogy in the Early Years. The Early Years sector at San Anton school is planning to steer its educational practice in the direction of a more child centered, play based and developmentally appropriate approach. Around 28 Level 4, Level 6 and Level 7 holders of either an Early Years Education qualification or an Educational Leadership qualification will be going on a number of varied training programmes. Both new and experienced teachers alike face the same dilemma as they plan meaningful instruction for our youngest learners. Very often administrators and curriculum guides tell teachers what to do but not how to do it. This project has been planned to address these issues. By attending these training courses and taking part in various workshops, it is envisaged that our early years practitioners will improve their teaching practices. Participants may adopt an inquiry-based approach which promotes the sharing of examples of good practice and teaching situations. Participant teachers may learn a new approach, or a new teaching tool, which is engaging, valuable, effective and stimulating and which may have a direct effect on their respective group of students as well as on our school as an institution. The competences acquired by teachers and staff will be integrated in our school’s strategic development plan. These competences will hopefully also enrich the set of pedagogic principles which reflect our school’s values and commitments. Competences acquired and experiences lived by staff participating in these European training programmes will contribute to increasing the European Dimension of our school as part of its strategic development plan in the future. Specific sessions will be built into our future Continuous Professional Development training sessions to discuss the benefits of European co-operation. This will also offer learning opportunities for networking at school and individual level. This networking should help participants to find partners for collaboration in future Erasmus+ actions and plan accordingly.
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