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Learner Agency in the Early Years by Anne van Dam, Toulouse


Date: TBC
Location: Toulouse (FRANCE)
Price: 275€ if registration before December 20th, 2019. 350€ if registration after December 20th, 2019.

The concept of learner agency recognizes all students, including those in early childhood classrooms, as the main protagonists of their own and others’ learning. Early childhood teachers establish a learning environment that enhances young learners’ sense of agency by developing shared understandings and values about the child as a bearer of rights and a competent learner. They understand that shared perceptions and beliefs need to proceed conversations about structures and procedures.
Through this workshop, participants will construct understandings around young children’s identities and rights and how these beliefs influence the educational context they create for students. Play is explored as a pedagogy where children can direct their own learning and where they experience high degrees of agency and involvement which impacts positively on their engagement.

Going from the ‘what and the why’ to the ‘how’ of learner agency in early childhood classrooms.

Early childhood education has been my passion for more than 20 years. I have worked alongside children and educators in schools in Rotterdam, Shanghai, Singapore and Switzerland. Since 2000, I have taken on various positions in schools, combining teaching with leadership responsibilities. I have been an IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) trainer since 2005, sharing my passion for young children with educators in IB schools in South East Asia. I joined EtonHouse International Pre-School in August 2007, drawn to the school for its vision to establish early childhood education centered on young children’s competencies in making meaning and building relationships. At EtonHouse, I combined teaching with the responsibilities of the PYP coordinator. In June 2008, I became the Director of this school. In August 2011, I moved back to Europe and took on the responsibility of Assistant Principal at the International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL). At ISZL, I have developed, in partnership with teachers and other school leaders, a vision for the early years programme at the school. This direction places a strong emphasis on relationships, play, learning spaces (both inside and outside) and on making learning and teaching visible to others. A move back to the Netherlands in 2015 has given me the opportunity to collaborate with the PYP development team at the IB regional office in The Hague. I worked on the PYP review focusing on learner agency, early years, inquiry and the learning community and collaborated with schools as an independent educational consultant. Since May 2019, I have returned to my original passion: I work part time alongside a group of early childhood students at a local, IB PYP candidate school in The Hague. I combine this work with leading workshops, presenting at conferences and consulting with a few schools in Europe.

Language : English

Audience : Early Years professionals (2-6 Years)

Day 1

8:30 – 9:00 Participants arrival

9:00 – 11:00 Session 1 : Building from the known / Creating a community of learners

  • Ice Breaker
  • Burning questions
  • What do we already know about learner agency?
  • What is learner agency?
  • What is the relationship between learner agency and self-efficacy?


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 1:00 Session 2 : The why of learner agency

  • Why is learner agency important?
  • What are the personal, cultural and historical perspectives around children’s identities and rights?
  • What does learner agency look like in practice?

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 Session 3 : The how of learner agency

  • What are strategies to enhance young learners’ sense of agency and self-efficacy?
  • How can schools support the development of skills and dispositions that enhance and support learner agency?

Day 2

9:00 – 11: 00 Session 4 :

The how of learner agency

  • Recap
  • How can schools support the development of skills and dispositions that enhance and support learner agency?
  • Play as self-directed learning

11:00 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 1:00 Session 5 :

Play and planning

  • A cycle of observation, documentation, interpretation and planning
  • Planning for proposals and play spaces that extend or challenge children’s theories

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 Session 6 :

Reflection and next steps

  • Reflection
  • Ways to incorporate new learning

Certificates of Attendance will be issued to participants who have taken part in all sessions. Please make sure your personal information is correct in the registration form.

Additional information



Toulouse (FRANCE)


275€ if registration before December 20th, 2019.
350€ if registration after December 20th, 2019.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions


Fees include all materials necessary for the workshops, lunches and coffee breaks during workshop days. Workshop fees do not cover transportation or accommodation.


Participants are responsible for any visas.


Payment will be made via bank transfer.
Bank detailed information will be given via confirmation email.
Please indicate participant name and workshop in the transfer reference.
Please also note that all charges are the responsibility of the remitter.
Full payment is due within 4 working days after confirmation of registration.
Spaces are limited. If payment has not been received within the deadline, spaces will be released to other interested persons.


  • If you are unable to attend this event, you may send a substitute delegate in your place at no additional cost. Please advise us of any substitutions as soon as possible. The participation fee will not be reimbursed upon cancellation if done then less than one month of the workshop date.

  • 4 GENERATIONS 4 EDUCATION will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from any changes to or cancellation or rescheduling of the workshop. If the workshop is cancelled or rescheduled, 4 GENERATIONS 4 EDUCATION will make every effort to contact every registered delegate. In case of cancellation or reschedule of a workshop, 4 GENERATIONS 4 EDUCATION will reimburse the participation fee, keeping 10% as service charge.

  • 4 GENERATIONS 4 EDUCATION reserves the right to cancel the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • All workshops will only be confirmed if there is sufficient number of participants.

  • You are advised to make your travel plans on confirmation of the workshop from us

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