MovementWorks Whilst School’s Out

Our mid-summer story

Leading the practice at MEfA Summer Conference 2015


Many of the organisations we work with will by now have enjoyed some well-earned summer relaxation time. As August speeds ahead behind the locked school gates and closed classroom doors will be busy with activity in preparation for the next academic year.

The MovementWorks Developemental Dance Movement™ Programme is designed to extend across an academic year, and so the optimal time to begin the programme is September. We are excited to be starting up several new projects from next term in mainstream, special schools and early years settings in the boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley and Lambeth. Check the website for updates this autumn.

My keynote at the MEfA summer conference, which focused on the theory and application of inclusivity, was well received. If the beginning of the summer already seems like a distant memory and you would like to reflect more on this topic, and for anyone who missed it, I shall be delighted to revisit and expand on this presentation in Part 2 at the annual MEfA Conference in October.

Presenting the theory at MEfA Summer Conference 2015


Check the MEfA website for more information of this event and for details of the only MovementWorks drop-in class which is, of course, fully inclusive

My keynote was ably introduced by MovementWorks’ current intern Megan Scarff. Megan has chosen to focus on the topic of inclusivity for her final project. You can read Megan’s blog and follow her progress to graduation on the MovementWorks website. MovementWorks will be seeking a new intern from January 2016. Please feel free to share this with suitable candidates. Applications considered in the first instance, via email with a covering letter expressing interest, background and relevant experience. Read more about our internships.

Movement education of the highest quality remains the organisation’s main objective. We offer a number of courses for adults to increase their understanding of the significance and application of the latest research. Following on from the training we offer through local councils, from the autumn we will be developing more CPD training opportunities with other partners. Additionally our parental workshops are fun way for parents and practitioners to gain a better understanding of the link between physical development and learning and how to support this better in the setting & at home. Please email directly for detailed information and if you would be interested in hosting one of these events for an inset or twilight session. Our Go&See visits have also proved popular and useful for sharing best practice. Upcoming dates for all CPD opportunities will be added to the website from the autumn.

The MovementWorks team at the conference


As a model of good practice we consider our own continuing professional development essential to furthering our research and to delivering all aspects of our work to the highest standard. Every one of our current associates is highly experienced and qualified. From this autumn our own MovementWorks practitioner Hilary Palmer will be uptaking a post graduate course in Special Educational Needs and I’m looking forward to attending and participating in upcoming conferences with research colleagues in the U.K and in the U.S. Later this year I will have opportunity to refer you to a number of publications pending in peer-reviewed journals, a guest blog and webinar interview. You can also get the very latest news, updates and links to research through the MovementWorks Facebook Page and my Twitter feed.

See you on the other side of summer!

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