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Relationships In Education: Why They Matter

University of Derby

Location: University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus, DE22 1GB

Date: Thursday 8th June 2017, 9-5pm

Conference Rates: Single conference place £180 or double conference place £315 (two colleagues attending from the same organisation)

This conference has been co-designed by Derbyshire’s Virtual School for Children in Care and the University of Derby and is the result of a two year innovative partnership. It will explore the role of the education professional within our national context of emotional well-being and mental health for children and young people. Through inspiring keynote speeches and participatory workshops, delegates will investigate and learn more about how to better support the experience of vulnerable learners and all students; raising attainment through focusing on ethos, relationships and well-being.

The day will be a thought provoking and informative event of interest to Headteachers, Education Leaders, Teachers and other education professionals who are determined to make a difference to the lives of the young people they work with.

The conference will include expert led-workshops and knowledgeable keynote speakers, plus a panel discussion, which will provide up to date, practical and relevant inspiration for your own practice.

Keynote Speakers:

Gwyther Rees: Research Director of the Children's Society (2008-2013)

The well-being of children and young people in care and leaving care: messages for schools.
Gwyther will talk about what we know about the health and well-being of looked after children and how this may be relevant to schools and teachers who are working to improve their outcomes.

Gwyther is an honorary research fellow at the University of York. His research has focussed on children’s lives and well-being in an international context. His work as a research director at The Children’s Society included the production of significant research in the area of policy for well-being, maltreatment, looked after children, refugee children, disabled children and youth justice.

The second keynote speaker is to be announced.
The focus of this presentation will be on neuroscience and the implications for education of recent findings.

The day will be co-hosted by:

Lizzie Watt: Assistant Headteacher leading on Innovation, Teaching and Learning for Derbyshire’s Virtual School. She has taught at primary and secondary level as well as being a senior lecturer at three Midlands Universities. Much of her work has concentrated on developing teacher pedagogy and school practice to improve the enjoyment, engagement and attainment of vulnerable learners. Lizzie is currently a student herself studying for a Master’s in Education, which is focussing on the increasing responsibilities for schools to support emotional wellbeing. Lizzie is co-founder of the Attachment Aware Schools Programme: A Safe Space, A Nurturing Learning Environment and delighted to be working with Derbyshire schools on this transformational programme embedding action research at the heart of school development. She has just partnered with the University of Derby to create a unique Masters Award for Designated Teachers.


The titles of the workshops can be found below, for further information about each individual workshop, please click here.

Workshop 1 Title - Beyond the School Walls - how to build more resilient relationships between children, their carers, families and schools. 

Workshop 2 Title - Behaviour Policies – a help or hindrance to positive behaviour in school 

Workshop 3 Title - Attachment Theory – putting relationships at the heart of teaching and learning

Workshop 4 Title - Looked After and Vulnerable Children’s Emotional Wellbeing - the role of schools in a whole system approach.

Workshop 5 Title - Love in a Professional Context – from professional discomfort to emotional assurance

Workshop 6 Title - A Critical and Historical Review of the Role of Teachers in Children’s Wellbeing - implications for practice

Workshop 7 Title - Developments in Neuroscience and Human Relationships

Getting to the Venue

The Conference will be held at University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus on the 8th June 2017. Derby is located right in the heart of the East Midlands and easily accessible by road, rail or air.

By Road
The University Campus is located just 8 miles from the M1, Junction 25 and 0.2 miles from the A38.

Please note that free parking will be available onsite, please ask at the security barrier for a parking ticket for the Relationships in Education Conference.

By Rail
The closest train station is Derby train station; this is approximately 2.6 miles from our Kedleston Road Campus and will take 10-15 minutes in a taxi.

The Unibus runs from the train station to Kedleston road, view the timetable here.

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