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Here Come the Boys: Inspiring Boys to Become Marvellous Mark Makers and Writers

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Applicable to: 
Early Years Practitioners
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About this event

Boys are not less able than girls, so perhaps we do need to look at our own attitudes, if we are to better understand why they are making less progress in the EYFS. The quality of our relationships with them, and the values we hold will impact on boys’ ability to engage confidently in the writing process.  Are we planning experiences for boys that build on their interests and value their strengths as active learners and problem solvers? Are we utilising boys’ fascinations and learning preferences as starting points for our writing provision and planning?

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop their understanding of the developmental stages of writing;
  • Explore what makes a boys-friendly writing rich environment;
  • Explore ways in which they can help boys to discover their “writing” voice;
  • Explore the important role gross and fine motor skills have in supporting boys’ writing development;
  • Plan for exciting and purposeful writing experiences, based on boys’ fascinations;
  • Explore ways of working with parents to support and promote boys’ mark making and writing.



Trainer(s): Jacqui Hardie

Jacqui Hardie is currently an Early Years Adviser with Norfolk County Council and a Freelance Consultant.  She works with targeted settings and schools to improve the quality of provision and outcomes for children, as well as providing training to EYFS practitioners.  Jacqui has worked in a range of settings, managed Local Authorities’ Early Years Advisory teams, carried out inspections and worked in London Boroughs as an Early Years’ adviser for the National Strategies.  She worked on the National Strategies “Mark Making Matters” guidance and the 4Children/DfE “What To Expect, When” parents’ guide.  Jacqui’s Doctorate in Education explored how boys’ mark making is part of a communication cycle and how this can be developed to support boys in developing positive attitudes towards writing.  She has now extended this into an action research model which identifies the “ingredients” for “cooking up a writer”.