- Thu, Feb 22, 2018 04:30 PM
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PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A FREE EVENT. TICKETS ARE £150 +VAT. (10% off for NGN members) Date: Thursday 22 February 2018 Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Theme: Making a difference through partnerships Cost: £150+VAT (10% off for NGN members) Keynotes: Tina Hendry - Reattach Parenting Tina Hendry has been a kinship carer for the past eight years. Prior to this she was employed as a staff nurse, and also as a police officer for 13 years in Glasgow. She is also a restorative justice practitioner and a Reiki practitioner. Tina is passionate about raising awareness of attachment theory. In this keynote, Tina will discuss her journey as a kinship carer. “I learned about attachment on the job, as they say, bouncing from one crisis to another, what am I doing wrong I wondered almost daily. Having grown up birth children, I couldn’t understand why my girls were so angry so distressed, so volatile. I was a police officer struggling to manage a three year old. I studied the work of experts to help me understand my girls’ behaviour. That’s when I realised that my girls required to be parented in a different way to my birth children. I studied more, introduced a peaceful approach to parenting, I realised that the crisis situations were becoming less and less.” Dr. Florence Ruby - Transforming research in schools - building your evidence base Florence joined The Nurture Group Network as a researcher in November 2016 after completing her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of York. Over the last year, Florence has been leading the research as part of the Boxall Childhood Project: A pilot project empowering 40 schools in England to assess the social, emotional and mental health needs of every child in school, using the Boxall Profile. In this keynote, Florence will discuss how NGN established working partnerships with the pilot schools to support them in ensuring every child’s needs are understood and catered for. Florence will also discuss the first year’s research findings, giving an overview of the state of children’s social, emotional and mental health in schools today. Kevin Kibble – The future of nurture – closing the attainment gap Kevin Kibble is Chief Executive at the Nurture Group Network. Prior to joining NGN in January 2013, Kevin was Chief Executive at Caspari Foundation, a charity providing educational psychotherapy for children & young people who need help to overcome emotional barriers to learning & development. Kevin is a Fellow and founding trustee of The Chartered College of Teaching, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF), and Chair of the IoF Nominations Committee. Kevin is passionate about the power of education in effecting societal change. In this keynote, Kevin will talk about the future of nurture and its role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and closing the attainment gap in schools. Dr. Val Corry - Building partnerships with parents Val is an experienced Educational Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the education field. Val is a former secondary headteacher, adviser to Scottish Government and researcher, with a PhD in Education: gender and attainment. Val is skilled in leading, coaching, lecturing, strategic planning, and transformational change with an emphasis on raising attainment, leadership and parental engagement. Workshops George Fisher & Daryl Bates -Dyadic developmental practice in a nurture setting Aberlour Sycamore residential services are for children who are unable to live with their families. Often our children have suffered traumatic experiences at a young age, and this has affected the way they feel inside. We are there for those children, to help them to flourish. We believe that a positive and nurturing home is the basic right of every child. At Sycamore, we work to the principles of dyadic developmental practice and our interactions are based on a playful, accepting, curious and empathic approach (PACE). Our lifelong learning service combines this approach with nurture to provide a bespoke personalised service for all Sycamore children and young people who need our support. In this workshop, we will provide valuable insight into how we work and achieve success. We will all encounter young people with challenging behaviour and are all excited when we are able to learn about strategies that have been tried and tested. Lorna McCallum - Philosophy for Children – A school’s nurturing approach to developing enquiry based thinking Previously, it has been assumed that children below the age of 12 are generally not capable of philosophical thinking but recent research provides examples of younger children engaging in philosophical enquiry. Follow a school’s journey in bringing philosophy into the classroom context as a means of further developing the social and emotional skills of its learners. Looking at the Nurture Group Network’s publication; Philosophy for Children – The Man in the Moon, we will explore its impact on the most vulnerable children within the nurture room context and how this programme of work developed into nurturing the entire school! Wendy Roden - 60 Motivational Minutes Wendy has had a long career in teaching and in developing and supporting nurture groups. Wendy has worked with schools to develop innovative approaches and systemic change targeted towards addressing some of the barriers to learning experienced by children and young people. This workshop is a brief introduction to Dr. Tina Rae’s new resource ‘60 Motivational Minutes’ following on from the successful ‘60 Mindful Minutes’ and ‘60 Sensory Minutes’. The resource introduces students to the key insights of positive psychology; i.e. the importance of being connected to others, making and keeping friends, using and celebrating strengths and holding a thoughtful attitude rather than being reactive to whatever happens to us. “The 60 Motivational Minutes activities aim to teach students the skills that are essential for building optimism and resilience, how to recognise and combat negative thoughts that bring about loss of self- esteem and even depression and to understand that there are certain ways of thinking that they can employ to make their lives go better.” (Rae, 2017) Rae, T. (2017) 60 Motivational Minutes: Using Tools of Positive Psychology in the Nurture Group. London: NGN Kirsten Mann - Coaching Conversations Those in support and advisory roles can be looked upon as the ‘experts who will come up with strategies and know all the answers.’ A school once phoned a behaviour support service to send a teacher out because a pupil had climbed up a tree and wouldn’t come down. The behaviour support teacher had never met this pupil before yet there was a perception this person had some specific expertise or perhaps even magic powers! This workshop is aimed at anyone who has a role in offering advice and support to staff. Coaching conversations help staff to tease out the specific issues when facing challenging situations, can guide, support and tap into their own expertise. They have the potential to help staff develop strategies to support their pupils in ways that are sustainable within their context and support positive relationships. The workshop will briefly cover theories of mentoring and coaching and provide opportunities to practice coaching conversations using a simple framework. Helen Love - Nurturing maths Supporting numeracy has long been the underling to literacy interventions. It has become culturally acceptable to be negative about maths, with maths sometimes seen as the remit of the nerdy. Negative attitudes towards maths are damaging, leading to disengagement, increased anxiety, a lack of confidence, and a reluctance to try to improve skills. ‘I can’t do maths’, becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Our children though, need maths, for everyday life, for work and to open opportunities, ‘good numeracy is the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health’ (Schleider, OECD, 2013). This workshop is a practical guide to nurturing basic maths and restoring confidence, aimed at supporting primary learners. You will leave with strategies, resource suggestions and ideas to use in your own setting. Liz Fitzpatrick - Playback ICE in schools Playback ICE aims to support practitioners to deliver a first class 21st century curriculum within a culture of self-improvement and continuous professional development. Our resources support the development of children and young people's wellbeing and essential skills in order for them to be better prepared for learning, life and work. Morning session - Longniddry Primary SchoolIt is our vision to create a respectful community where everyone can contribute, achieve and be proud. Our values promote positive social and emotional development and this is where the implementation of the ice pack has been crucial in creating a culture that is committed to children's rights and positive relationships. We look forward to sharing our journey with you and all the exciting and endless possibilities that this programme can bring. Afternoon session - Craigroyston High School The young people participating in the SCRAN project require a more nurturing and confidence building approach to get them ready for their next steps - the Pre-Apprenticeship Programme which the school has been delivering over a number of years. A collaboration between SCRAN and Playback ICE was developed meaning that the young people are offered practical work based experiences combined with classroom learning via Playbacks SCQF Transition and Essential Skills for Employment Awards. Liz, Elaine and Steven will share their experiences of this collaboration.