Welfare in Scotland’s schools: a key piece of the attainment jigsaw
WEDNESDAY 24 MAY 2017
COSLA CONFERENCE CENTRE, CENTRAL EDINBURGH
This national conference aims to bring together education professionals and a range of engaged stakeholders to join up the conversation around welfare and attainment – exploring the increasing role of the school in delivering welfare support and guidance to its children and young people and the importance of this work in helping to close the educational attainment gap.
Using a mix of speaker presentations and interactive discussion sessions and with an emphasis on sharing existing examples of good practice, the event will explore:
- The strong link between poverty and the attainment gap
- The funding available to Scotland’s schools and how this can impact on the outcomes for each child
- Recognising welfare issues and providing effective support and guidance to our children and young people
- The delivery of personal and social education and the needs and wants of our young people in this area of the curriculum
- The importance of fostering a culture of educational aspiration and expectation amongst all our young people
- Links between behaviour, welfare support and educational outcomes
|NAOMI EISENSTADT CB, Independent Advisor on Poverty & Inequality to the Scottish Government
DR ROSS WHITEHEAD, HBSC Research Fellow, Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit, University of St Andrews
DR SARAH TWEEDIE, Project Manager for the SEED Trial (a five-year trial aiming to rigorously evaluate an innovative whole-school programme to promote social and emotional wellbeing in Scotland), University of Glasgow
TRISHA HALL, Manager, Scottish Association of Social Workers
SALLY CAVERS, Manager, Enquire and CHANGE: Childcare and Nurture, Glasgow East, Children in Scotland
DR JANET ADAM, Faculty Head of English and Literacy, Alloa Academy
PHILIPPA SMITH, School Librarian, Alloa Academy
LYNNE O’BRIEN, Assistant Director, Barnardo’s Scotland
ELEANOR CONER, Partnership Development Officer, Scottish Parent Teacher Council
DR SARAH HAYWOOD, School Project Manager, Place2Be
DAVID CAMERON, Educational consultant (Conference Chair)
The Scottish Government have launched the Scottish Attainment Challenge, and introduced the Child Poverty Bill, positioning education and narrowing the attainment gap at the core of their Programme for Government.
The Attainment Challenge targets improvement activity in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing with the aim of achieving equity in educational outcomes. Announced earlier this year, the £120 million Pupil Equity Funding will be allocated directly to schools, with the focus on those children most affected by the poverty-related attainment gap. This compliments the initial £750 million Attainment Scotland Fund which targeted support to pupils in the nine local authority areas with the highest concentrations of deprivation.
Raising attainment for all is a key focus for schools across Scotland yet closing the attainment gap is incredibly complex. Targeted academic support, whilst critical, is not the only driver identified as helping to reduce the powerful influence of socio-economic status on attainment results in schools. Welfare issues are raised time and again as barriers to accessing fair outcomes for all. So, how can we address the ‘bigger picture’ – the range of welfare issues which impact a child’s ability to develop and achieve? Can we focus on welfare issues as a key to understanding and, ultimately, reducing the attainment gap? And how can we ensure the Attainment Scotland Fund will have the impact anticipated, by addressing the individual needs of each child for welfare support and guidance?
David Cameron, Educational Consultant
Naomi Eisenstadt CB, Independent Advisor on Poverty & Inequality to the Scottish Government
- Young people’s lives and behaviours at school and their wider health and well-being
- The association between both schoolwork pressure and perceived educational attainment and wellbeing
- Linking aspirations to both health and wellbeing – and considering what this means for potential solutions
Dr Ross Whitehead, HBSC Research Fellow, Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit, University of St Andrews
The SEED Trial is a five-year trial aiming to rigorously evaluate an innovative whole-school programme to promote social and emotional wellbeing in Scotland. Dr Tweedie’s presentation will explore:
- The background and rationale for the study
- An overview of the SEED process and its evaluation
- Preliminary findings and feedback from schools
Dr Sarah Tweedie, Project Manager for the SEED Trial, University of Glasgow
- Getting It right for children, parents and communities – the social work role
- Balancing need and risk – who decides?
- Early intervention – helping people to help themselves
Trisha Hall, Manager, Scottish Association of Social Workers
- Facilitating the involvement of more families and communities with their local schools and children’s learning
- Partnership action to help close the attainment gap
- Why working with parents is essential
Eleanor Coner, Partnership Development Officer, Scottish Parent Teacher Council
Lynne O’Brien, Assistant Director, Barnardo’s Scotland
- Talking welfare and wellbeing with children and young people
- The role of inclusive schools
- Extending our thinking about educational outcomes
Sally Cavers, Manager, Enquire and CHANGE: Childcare and Nurture, Glasgow East, Children in Scotland
- “The Literacy Transition Project with Park Primary School and Alloa Academy” – Dr Janet Adam, Faculty Head of English and Literacy, Alloa Academy with Philippa Smith, School Librarian, Alloa Academy
- “Raising attainment – the importance of resilience and mental health and wellbeing” – Dr Sarah Haywood, School Project Manager, Place2Be
Roundtable discussions led by our Chair, David Cameron
Naomi is currently a Senior Research Fellow at University of Oxford and Trustee at Save the Children.
After spending several years working first in nurseries and then in management positions in children’s charities, in 1999 Naomi became the first director of the Sure Start Unit (UK Government), where she had responsibility for early education, childcare, parenting policy, and extended schools. She then spent one year as the Secretary of State’s Chief Adviser on Children’s Services. Her last three years before leaving the civil service were as Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force. A key achievement in the Task Force: was the publication of ‘Think Family’, a series of policy proposals on the interaction of parent circumstances on their children’s outcomes. Naomi’s key interests are in children’s services, poverty and its impact on children, and family policy.
Dr Ross Whitehead is a research fellow in the Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit (CAHRU) at the University of St Andrews, working on the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study in collaboration with the World Health Organization. This study is an international project focusing on the health and wellbeing of young people across 43 countries in Europe and North America.
Using HBSC data, Dr Whitehead has revealed the powerful impact of educational aspirations on the health of Scottish school children. Those expecting to spend more time in education are more likely to eat healthily, avoid alcohol, tobacco and cannabis, exercise more frequently, stay out of physical fights, brush their teeth twice a day and abstain from sexual intercourse. Critically, he finds that these relationships exist independently of one’s socio-economic position, suggesting that academic aspirations might be beneficial for a wide group of adolescents.
Dr Whitehead has also recently studied the impact of adolescents’ body image on mental wellbeing in Scotland and across Europe. Using Scottish HBSC data between 1994 and 2014, his work reveals a sharp deterioration in the relationship between body dissatisfaction and mental health, especially for 13- and 15-year old girls. His cross-cultural analysis also indicates that the extent to which this relationship is changing is steeper in Scotland than anywhere else in Europe.
Dr Sarah Tweedie is an Investigator Scientist in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow. Sarah joined the Unit as a part-time Investigator Scientist in 2010. She is currently Project Manager for the SEED Trial, a five-year trial aiming to rigorously evaluate an innovative whole-school programme to promote social and emotional wellbeing in Scotland.
Sarah previously worked on the pilot of the SEED Trial and a scoping study to assess and map the range of whole-school approaches addressing multiple adolescent risk behaviours in Scotland. She holds a PhD in Health Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University and has additional research interests in the psychology of pain, chronic illness and qualitative research methods.
Patricia (k a Trisha) was born in the Netherlands, and has worked with and for children and families for over forty years; initially teaching within Secondary Education and in Vocational Guidance and Youth Counseling, and as Head of a Vocational College stream. She had a teaching method book published in 1985. Since coming to Britain in 1987 she’s worked in residential child care in West Yorkshire, and after completing a degree in social work in 1993, in statutory social work services in the North East of Scotland as Social worker, Team and Area Manager, and subsequently from 2003 in the voluntary sector as Regional Director and Head of Evaluation and Research.
Throughout her career Trisha’s main role has been the leadership and management of workers and service managers providing services. Trisha has a post qualifying award in social services leadership. She has worked within a number of strategic partnership settings and contexts, and is passionate about promoting reflective best social work practice, which should be grounded in human rights, ethics, social justice principles, and respect for the right to self-determination. Trisha has been a non-executive Director on the Board of Penumbra, one of Scotland’s largest mental health charities for almost 6 years and is currently interim chair of the Board.
Trisha has been a BASW (British Association of Social Work) member since 1991. She took up post as Manager of its Scottish component, SASW (Scottish Association of SW), in September 2013, and has actively represented members and the social work profession in Scotland within strategic forums and government reviews, as well as within the media.
Sally manages Enquire, the Scottish Advice Service for Additional Support for Learning. This role includes raising awareness of education support issues for children and young people, contributing to policy and leading development of the service.
Sally also manages a new project led by Children in Scotland called CHANGE: Childcare and Nurture Glasgow East that is running in partnership with Glasgow City Council and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.
Sally is the National Co-ordinator for Scotland on the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education, sits on the National Deaf Children’s Society Country Advisory Committee for Scotland, is a member of the Disabled Children and Young People’s Advisory Group and Advisory Group Additional Support for Learning and contributes to the R S Macdonald Trust Neurological Conditions Panel.
Dr Janet Adam’s main professional role is Faculty Head of English and Literacy at Alloa Academy in Clackmannanshire. In addition, Janet is seconded to Stirling University one day per week as English Teacher Fellow in the Initial Teacher Education programme.
Social justice is an area of great interest for Janet and in 2015 she completed a doctoral dissertation (Glasgow University) focusing on equal educational opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Recent educational projects include a literacy transition project (featured as a practice exemplar on Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub website) and the Building Capital Project at Stirling University.
Lynne is Assistant Director for Barnardo’s Scotland, leading services in the West Scotland Locality. The portfolio of services spans the age and stage continuum, supporting children, young people and families in the early years through to high school. This includes early support, systemic “whole family support” and specialist interventions and services. Lynne has developed partnership approaches to Closing the Educational Attainment Gap – before & beyond the school gates with a number of Local Authorities.
Lynne began her career in youth & community work, specializing in community development work with young people in Glasgow and Newcastle.
Lynne joined Barnardo’s in 1998 as a senior practitioner supporting young people at risk of sexual exploitation before moving into the early years / family support field. Lynne managed the ‘Threads’ young parents service and developed new specialised interventions in relation to children impacted by substance misuse and domestic abuse.
Lynne is a qualified practice teacher and in 1992 she qualified in Leadership & Management in Social Services from Stirling University. She is currently studying an MBA at Heriot Watt University.
Dr Sarah Haywood currently manages Place2Be services in two schools, one primary and one secondary. Her role involves delivering therapeutic and emotional support for children and their families, as well as offering consultation for school staff and partner agencies, plus supervision and developmental support for Place2Be Volunteer Counsellors. She has particular interests in supporting children and young people to develop “digital resilience” (skills, knowledge and abilities to help them flourish in the digital age), and in supervision and creative reflective practice.
Sarah previously worked as a researcher in Psychology at the Universities of York and Edinburgh before training as an Art Psychotherapist in 2008. Research funding has included postdoctoral fellowships from the British Academy and the Economic and Social Research Council. Since 2010 she has worked for school-based counselling services in both Lanarkshire and Edinburgh, joining Place2Be in 2012. Sarah has served as Education representative for the Scottish Council of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). She runs a small private supervision practice and has worked as a trainer for both Place2Be and Samaritans.
David Cameron has continued to establish himself as a leading voice in education and training. Building on his extensive experience as a teacher, a senior manager in schools and in local authorities, most recently as Director of Children’s Services for Stirling Council, he has been much in demand across the UK and internationally as a presenter and chair He has worked with Skills Development Scotland as Head of Career Management Skills, was closely involved in developing Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan and has been a driving force in the Emporium for Dangerous Ideas. He does like to be busy!
He can be contacted at email@example.com
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