This year's event will focus on positive educational journeys for children and young people with care experience. Recognising that, for many children and young people with care experience, their path through the education system is not always linear and it is essential that our practices and systems provide flexibility, understanding and aspirational routes for progression.
Together, as practitioners and managers working in and around education, we'll have the space to think about what we know about how children and young people learn, what support we can most helpfully provide, when to provide it, and how we apply the evidence of what works best in our everyday practice. The day will be filled with practical things that can be done in classrooms, schools and communities – looking beyond the theory to workable solutions.
We're delighted to welcome John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education to open the conference. Mr Swinney's role is to drive forward the government's commitment to ensuring that every child in Scotland, no matter their background, should have the very best start in life, and believes that education remains the most effective means we have to improve the life chances of all Scotland's children and young people.
Our first keynote speaker is Dr Adam Burley, a clinical psychologist in the Edinburgh Access Practice, a service dedicated to those who struggle against mainstream care. Adam also provides input to a wide range of public and third sector organisations across the homeless sector. Key areas of interest for Adam include early years, exclusion dynamics, health inequalities and the psychology of adversity.
Nicky Murray, Head Teacher of Burnside Primary School in Carnoustie, will join us to deliver our second keynote presentation. Alongside his staff, Nicky has been working hard to place relationships, attachment and ACE-Awareness at the centre of the school's approach to education and community leadership. From this, the school has gained a creative and cutting-edge reputation through activities such as blogging their innovative changes in practice, which includes ensuring children have plenty of oxytocin and laughter in their school day.
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When: Thurs 16 May 2019
Where: Trades Hall, Glasgow
Time: 9.15 - 16.00
0141 444 8529