Designated teacher conference
Our annual conference was a training day for both newly appointed and experienced designated teachers and also other colleagues who support our children in care. The theme for 2017 was resilience.
Presentations from the speakers and workshop presenters can be found below for your information:
(Workshop 1) Keynote Speaker – Jean Gross CBE
Jean is a popular speaker and writer on children’s issues, is passionate about achieving better life chances for children and young people and dedicates her time to making a difference for this group. She has been a teacher, an educational psychologist, Head of Children’s Services in a local authority, a charity CEO and a visiting and associate fellow at three universities. She was awarded a CBE in 2011 for services to education. In her keynote, Jean explored the science of resilience and the practical steps schools can take to build it in looked after children.
- Keynote presentation
- Brief resilience scale
- My name is ..handout
- Telford belonging scale
- Communication workshop
(Workshop 2) Understanding the behaviour of CiC in schools from an attachment and mental health perspective – Shane Coombs (CAMHS Cic Team – Clinical Team Manager)
This workshop described a 7-year-old fostered girl’s emotional breakdown on a seemingly ordinary day at school. Using a mind-minded approach they aimed to explore and make sense of what can often be seen and experienced as bewildering behaviours and presentations. This workshop encouraged attendees to engage in discussion and explore ideas including how schools and carers can better understand these presentations and work together to support children. Link to presentation (coming soon).
(Workshop 3) How to help children who are hard to help – Sonia Sims (Adoption Social Worker), Nikki Banks (Family Practitioner, Special Guardianship Team) and Kath Bond (Community Care Worker)
An interactive group discussion of case studies involving adopted and children with Special Guardianship orders on why they can find school and learning hard. This workshop explored the early childhood trauma and loss on a child ability to form relationships and manage within a school setting. Strategies and resources they found helpful in supporting children, including therapeutic approaches, were discussed. Link to presentation (coming soon)
(Workshop 4) Getting boys to write: Miles Chambers (with help from fellow performance poet, Tekla Selassie)
They identified obstacles that could be in place preventing boys from writing and approaches that could be taken towards encouraging a creative flow. Link to presentation (coming soon)
Miles is Bristol City’s poet laureate he’s also one of Bristol’s poetic cultural commentators, a slam champion and an international performance poet.
He was commissioned to perform a poem in the US about the inauguration of President Barack Obama, also for the politics show on BBC South West.
Through his poetry, the Bristol Post voted him one of Bristol’s 50 coolest and funniest people and has recently been appointed as Bristol’s first Poet Laureate. His passions are spirituality, popular psychology, personal development, black history, culture and identity, writing, performing, design and creativity, food and meeting people.
(Workshop 5) Motivational Interviewing – Helping young people understand and change negative patterns of behaviour – Cian Carney (Educational Psychologist)
The success of any positive behaviour self-management programme is dependent on the pupil wanting to change their own behaviour. Motivational interviewing is achieved by an active listening approach. This is a mixture of person-centred humanistic and behavioural counselling which helps the young person see their behaviour in a more realistic and self-aware manner. Young people’s motivation to change is developed alongside supporting their own belief in their ability to actively change their own behaviour.
(Workshop 6) – Using ICT to improve the outcomes for GCSE learners (was cancelled)
(Workshop 7) – Resiliency scales – Dr Andrew Eaton (Educational Psychologist)
A practical session was run on administering, scoring and interpreting the ‘Resiliency Scales’ questionnaire – with the opportunity to find out just how resilient you are. (Please note: Resiliency Scales is a commercial produce that would need to be purchased before use in schools. 25 copies plus a handbook currently costs approximately £100).
(Workshop 8) – Using the PEP to Promote educational attainment and wellbeing – Maz Woodland (Educational Psychologist)
This workshop used a research-based framework to reflect on the factors which can help or hinder a young person to develop their resiliency skills and positively manage change. We use the framework to consider how support can be planned strategically to promote wellbeing, belonging and a sense of agency and share, and discuss how we can support the children and young people that we work with. Link to presentation (coming soon).
(Workshop 9) – Mindfulness awareness and its relationship to resiliency: Sam Houlson (Educational Psychologist)
Mindfulness entails remaining aware of your moment-by-moment experience, with an attitude of acceptance, innocence and compassion. This workshop provided an introduction to mindfulness, with the aim being to explore its capacity to develop an individual’s resilience.
(Workshop 10) – Practical Ideas for Young People to Manage Stress: Andy Simpson (Advisory Teacher) and Jeff Cornish (Family Worker)
In these crazy days we all need ways of coping with and managing the increasing amount of pressure we find ourselves under. This was a practical workshop full of ideas to help adults and young people alike deal with the expectations that are placed upon us from an ever increasing workload. We explored skills and techniques that come from the Massage In Schools Programme, Mindfulness and relaxation and stress management training we have done with parents and staff and children of all ages.
- Resource handout
- Keep calm carry on
- Practical ideas for young people to manage stress
- Practical ideas presentation slides
The date for the October 2018 DT conference will be published here shortly.