Welfare in Scotland’s schools: a key piece of the attainment jigsaw

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WEDNESDAY 24 MAY 2017

COSLA CONFERENCE CENTRE, CENTRAL EDINBURGH

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

Event Outline

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

Supported by

Speakers

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, 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

Lynne O’Brien

Assistant Director, Barnardo’s Scotland

Dr Sarah Haywood

School Project Manager, Place2Be

Eleanor Coner

Partnership Development Officer, Scottish Parent Teacher Council

David Cameron

Educational Consultant

Agenda

08:45-09:30     Registration and morning refreshments

09:30-09:45     Chair’s welcome and introduction
David Cameron, Educational Consultant

Session 1: Welfare and Education – the big picture in Scotland

09:45-10:10     Keynote Address – “The impact of poverty on the attainment gap”
Naomi Eisenstadt CB, Independent Advisor on Poverty & Inequality to the Scottish Government

10:10-10:35     Keynote Address – “School Life, Health and Wellbeing: Insight from HBSC Scotland”

  • 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

10:35-11:00     Keynote Address – “Improving Social and Emotional Education and Development in Scottish primary schools: the SEED Trial”

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

11:00-11:15     Opportunities for questions and discussion

11:15-11:35     Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

11:35-11:40     Chair’s welcome back

Session 2: Welfare and Education – developing a collaborative, whole-systems approach with the school at the centre

11:40-12:00     Welfare and Education – the importance of working in collaboration

  • 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

12:00-12:20     Working in partnership with families and communities

  • 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

12:20-12:40     Poverty and partnership working across Scotland
Lynne O’Brien, Assistant Director, Barnardo’s Scotland

12:40-13:00     Opportunities for questions and discussion

13:00-13:45     Lunch and opportunities for networking

13:45-13:50     Chair’s Welcome Back

Session 3: Welfare and Education – engaging with our young people

13:50-14:15     Engagement, wellbeing and welfare: schools, young people and families

  • 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

14:15-14:40     Case studies of good practice

Featuring:

  • “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

14:40-14:50     Opportunities for questions and discussion

14:50-15:20     Sharing your good practice
Roundtable discussions led by our Chair, David Cameron

15:20-15:30     Round-up and Chair’s closing remarks

Venue

Hosted by

COSLA Conference Centre
Verity House

19 Haymarket Yards
Edinburgh
EH12 5BH

t: 0131 474 9200

www.cosla.gov.uk/conference_centre