Early Years & Primary conference 2020

Thursday 12 November – Virtual conference

The whole day has been designed for those working in the Early Years and Primary settings and includes speakers and sessions throughout the day focusing in on the key issues in both the early education and the primary phases.

For the first time, the conference will be presented as a wholly interactive online experience, featuring live speakers, presentations and interactive Q&A, and a wealth of online content to explore and take home. This is a unique opportunity for school leaders, leadership teams, teachers and support staff to reflect on and develop policy and practice in their schools and settings, making sure that the learning journey continues seamlessly for children as they move through into school.

The conference will explore what really works well for school leaders and the young people they teach, based on sharing experiences in real time with your peers and colleagues and on the latest research.

The high level keynote speakers and workshops have been carefully chosen – including Early Learning Goals, Resilience, Creativity, Development Matters – to inform and inspire delegates, provoke discussion and debate, highlight the very latest and best research and pedagogy in Early Years and Primary Education.

Who should attend?

The conference is suitable for colleagues from early years and primary settings.

Keynote speakers

  • Department for Education
  • BBC – Tiny Happy People
  • Judy Shaw – Past President, NAHT
  • Ruth Davies – President, NAHT
  • Paul Whiteman – General Secretary, NAHT


0830 – 0915:  Registration and exhibition interaction
0915 – 0930:  Conference welcome – Paul Whiteman – General Secretary, NAHT
0930 – 1010:  Department for Education
1010 – 1030:  BBC – Tiny Happy People
1030 – 1050:  Break and exhibition interaction
1050 – 1140:  Workshop session one
1140 – 1200:  Plenary session – Judy Shaw – Past President, NAHT
1200 – 1300:  Lunch explore our virtual exhibition
1300 – 1345:  Panel Discussion
1345 – 1430:  Workshop two
1430 – 1450:  Break and exhibition interaction
1500 – 1530:  Keynote – TBC
1530 – 1600:  Conference close

Please note: the programme may be subject to amendment


Find out more and book your place

To find out more about what you can expect from the Early Years & Primary Conference 2020, and how to book your place, please see the full event listing over at NAHT.