ORIM Network Meeting 2016

ORIM Network Meeting, 3 May 2016

Use of the ORIM (Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and Modelling ) Framework has grown as a part of the REAL project and at the meeting 32 colleagues gathered from all over the country to share practice and to hear about Professor Nutbrown’s Recent innovations with ORIM.

ORIM practitioners are knowledgeable and passionate. The event aimed to share ideas about how the original ORIM model, developed by Professors Cathy Nutbrown and Peter Hannon in 1995, has been adapted to support the learning of Maths, Music, Physical Skills and Home Visits, as well as Reading and Writing.

Presentations included

Cathy Nutbrown’s summary points were:

  • The ORIM framework does have a currency within today’s political framework for education;
  • It is vital that Early Years’ practitioners are knowledgeable and have an understanding of pedagogy. Without knowledge there is ‘just practice’ and practice can become static and not respond to change or develop.
  • Every individual family is important. We can do things that will change children’s learning and their lives.

The ORIM network meeting also brought together important partners who regularly work alongside Cathy to promote the ORIM Framework and the REAL approach, notably the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and PEEPLE (Supporting Parents and Children to Work Together).

As a result of the ideas exchanged at the meeting, there will be further follow up and another network meeting will be planned for next year. If you are using ORIM or REAL and want to contribute to Professor Nutbrown’s research on its impact during 2014-2015, please contact Kay Davies (kay.davies@sheffield.ac.uk).

ORIM Network meeting 2016Look out for a national conference in November 2017 which will be led by PEEPLE working with the NCB and The University of Sheffield. Come along and get the ORIM ‘bug’!

Many thanks to all of our presenters, colleagues who attended, Cathy Nutbrown, Peter Hannon, and all who helped to organise the event.

Photos by Sam Fielding (Communications & Marketing Graduate Intern, School of Education, University of Sheffield)