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Join us at one of our online Coffee Mornings or for After Work Drinks at The Virtual Staff Room

We're hosting free and informal networking sessions at The Virtual Staff Room. Each session will start with an online briefing on a specialist subject, then following on with live networking, giving you the opportunity to speak to like-minded professionals, where we encourage you to bring along your questions and share your school's experiences on the subject.

Date Time Topic Book online

Wed 30th March 2022

 4 PM

All you need to know about EYITT

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Tues 26th April 2022

 11AM - 12PM

Breakfast Morning - Guest Speaker Shaddai Tembo: The role of gender in the early years

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Wed 27th April 2022

 4-5 PM

After work drinks - Guest Speaker Shaddai Tembo: The role of gender in the early years

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Shaddai Tembo

Shaddai Tembo is a lecturer in early education and childhood practice at Perth College UHI, an associate lecturer at the Open University, and a postgraduate research student at the University of the West of Scotland.  He is a trustee for Early Education and the Fatherhood Institute. Shaddai also co-convenes the SERA EY Network and is an independent writer and speaker through Critical Early Years. 

In this session, Shaddai will discuss the role of gender in the early years. We will explore the importance of keeping gender on the agenda, as well as key definitions and implications for our youngest children. We also consider actions towards a pro-active curricula approach for promoting gender diversity. Working through the following agenda:
  • Introducing gender
  • Definitions, are we born with it?
  • How we do it
  • Raised without Gender Activity, Break-out discussions
  • Let’s get practical, toward a gender diversity approach
  • 4 steps you can take
  • Case study discussion
  • Supporting gender diverse children
  • Final Thoughts discussion
  • Closing