Workshop session one
Working together with parents to safeguard young people's digital well-being
Maria O’Neill, UK Pastoral Chat
There has been recently a lot of interest in the area of pupil well-being; many politicians, policy makers, teachers, well-being consultants, psychologists, and charities have been taking part in the debate. United Children’s Fund report on child well-being in rich countries (UNICEF; 2007) ranked UK 16th out of 29 developed countries. Although the report also showed a strong improvement in rankings: UK has moved from bottom place (21st out of 21 countries) in 2000/1to a mid-table position, in reality there are still many issues, especially relating to the digital well-being of our young people.
Many of our young people are surrounded by technology from the minute they wake up until they go to bed. In her book 'Digital Parenting' Parmar (2016) claims that our children "are able to switch between devices, applications and social media throughout the day, without even realising what they are doing. For many of them, digital life is just life." Research conducted by Statistic Brain shows the extent of our Social Media usage: 1,325,000,000 people were using YouTube; 300 hours of content were being uploaded per minute; 4,950,000,000 videos were viewed per day; and over 10,000 videos had been seen over a billion times. In this session we will look at how we could work together with parents to safeguard young people's digital well-being in this fast-paced world.
Developing a whole school approach to emotional health and mental wellbeing
Janet Goodliffe, Education Consultant
There is an overwhelming wealth of information out there about how to support your students’ mental health. This workshop will help you to find what you need and how to develop a whole school approach. The new Ofsted framework for 2019 will include information about schools’ commitment to this. You will have practical strategies you can take back to your school and implement straightaway.
Student Voice to drive school improvement
Gloria Elliott, Assistant Head, Dunraven School (facilitated by Edukit)
This engaging session will provide delegates with practical strategies that they can use to encourage their students to participate fully within school communities and explore ways that the student voice can be used as a tool to take care of student wellbeing. The session will help to challenge your thinking and encourage you to reflect on your own practice and that of others with whom you work.
The session will be led by Gloria Elliott, an Assistant Head at Dunraven School, a diverse, mixed all through school in Lambeth. Ms Elliott is an advocate of using evidence as well as experience to drive new school initiatives and has formulated her approach to student wellbeing based on research that demonstrates that schools with a strong sense of community have a significant impact on both student motivation and academic outcomes.
Stonewall: Train the Trainer
Holly Green, Education Programmes Manager, Stonewall
Stonewall offer Train the Trainer courses for primary schools, secondary schools and colleges. Our CPD-accredited courses equip teachers with the skills and tools to support young LGBT people. At this taster workshop, you’ll be able to try out our acclaimed course on Tackling Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying And Language. Learn practical tools for preventing and tackling HBT bullying in your school or college. In 2017-2018, 99% of teachers who attended the full course recommended it to others.