Achieving ‘Excellent’ in the Foundation Phase in an Estyn Inspection


Target GroupFoundation Phase leaders, Foundation Phase teachers, Primary Head teachers, teaching assistants


02 October 2018
Price: £ 216.00
Venue: Future Inn Cardiff Bay, Hemingway Road, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4AU
Time: 8.30 registration for a 9am start
Cost of course £180 plus VAT

The balance between the Foundation Phase philosophy and pedagogy and the achievement of high standards for all through focused teaching is a current issue that many schools are trying to address.  This course will provide you with many sector leading practical ideas to help you deliver a successful Foundation Phase.

 Course Objectives:

 1.    To help your school understand and develop the key elements of excellence in the Foundation Phase

 2.    To share with you what ESTYN deemed to be excellent in an inspection including sector leading real life examples of:

 ·       Pupil Voice-pupil’s contributions to lessons

 ·       Successful enhanced and continuous provision

·       An appropriate balance between focused teaching and independent learning

·       The effective deployment of adults to improve standards

·       Differentiation and meeting the needs of all learners

·       Exemplar classroom organisation

 ·       Systems for assessment of and for learning

 ·       Whole phase planning-long

 ·       Progression and continuity in role-play provision




Course Provider: Cath Delve

Cath Delve has 26 years of teaching experience in three very different primary schools. She has been a senior leader in all three schools, a deputy head teacher in two and an acting head teacher in one. She has provided training and presented to many audiences on a wide range of topics all over Wales. She has been writing and presenting courses for the last 10 years on subjects such as: outdoor learning, pupil voice and well-being, raising the attainment of boys, progression in continuous provision, planning and the curriculum, being an effective Foundation Phase leader, literacy, numeracy, creativity, assessment, raising standards through display, transition, developing the role of the teaching assistant and the exemplary delivery of the Foundation Phase. She is very interested in and has completed a lot of work on, children’s well-being and engagement and how they have an impact on standards and life-long learning.

Some of her initiatives such as ‘Freaky Friday’ and ‘Messy Monday’ have been implemented and used by schools all over Wales and into England.

In addition to working for Collective Learning as a course provider she is also an independent consultant working alongside schools all over Wales providing help, support and guidance on the successful delivery of the Foundation Phase.