Why sleep matters – educating young people on the importance of sleep

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WEDNESDAY 06 JUNE 2018

COSLA CONFERENCE CENTRE, CENTRAL EDINBURGH

HALF-DAY CONFERENCE

Event Outline

Discussions at several of our recent training events on children’s mental health, child welfare and child neglect have touched on the importance of sleep to children and young people. A significant number of delegates from across Scotland’s schools, education and wider integrated children’s services have asked us to explore this topic in greater detail.

In response, this half-day training conference – specially designed in partnership with a number of renowned sleep experts – will focus on the role schools can play in educating young people about the importance of good sleep.

Using a mix of presentations, existing examples of good practice and interactive roundtable sessions, the event will:

  • examine sleep and the sleep cycle and explore why this is particularly important to teenagers
  • consider the impact poor sleep can have on young people’s behaviours, their engagement in the classroom and their educational attainment
  • explore the effects of social media and digital technologies on young people’s sleep
  • highlight the benefits good sleep can have in helping young people maintain good mental health and wellbeing, particularly during times of increased stress or anxiety (such as around school exams)
  • provide delegates with ‘good sleep hygiene’ tips and ‘sleep education’ lesson plans that can be delivered to pupils

Supported by

Speakers

Dr. Christopher-James Harvey

Director Of The TEENSLEEP Project & Associate Director (Sleep Medicine), Sleep and Circadian Neurosciences Institute, University of Oxford

Dr Heather Cleland Woods

Lecturer - School of Psychology, University of Glasgow

Gemma Hay

Principal Teacher of Citizenship, Enterprise and International Education, George Heriot's School

Dr. Jim White

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Stress Control

Tam Baillie

Speaker, trainer and consultant; formerly Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

Holly Scott

PhD Researcher – School of Psychology, University of Glasgow

Kirsten Russell

Research Assistant - School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde

Agenda

08:45-09:15     Registration and morning refreshments

09:15-09:25     Chair’s Opening Remarks
Tam Baillie, Speaker, trainer and consultant; formerly Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

Session 1: Why sleep matters – Sleep and Young People’s Wellbeing

09:25-09:45     Welcome Address: Sleep and why it matters to young people’s mental health and wellbeing
Dr Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Stress Control

09:45-10:05     Understanding the role of adolescent sleep disturbance as a risk factor for suicide and self-harm in young people

  • What research tells us about the relationship between sleep and self-harm (with and without suicidal intent) in adolescents
  • What we know about adolescent sleep, self-harm and suicide in Scotland
  • Why sleep may contribute to suicide prevention efforts

Kirsten Russell, Research Assistant – School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde

10:05-10:15     Opportunities for questions and discussion

Session 2: Why sleep matters – Sleep and education

10:15-10:55     Keynote address – The importance of sleep in education (and can we improve it?)
Dr. Christopher-James Harvey, Director Of The TEENSLEEP Project & Associate Director (Sleep Medicine), Sleep and Circadian Neurosciences Institute, University of Oxford

10:55-11:10     Opportunities for questions and discussion

11:10-11:25     Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

Session 3: Educating young people about sleep – what works in schools

11:25-11:45     The role of schools in promoting good sleep – an example of ‘sleep education’ in practice
Gemma Hay, Principal Teacher of Citizenship, Enterprise and International Education, George Heriot’s School

11:45-12:00     Opportunities for questions and discussion

12:00-12:30     Interactive session: #sleepyteens – understanding how and why our teens use social media at bedtime

  • What we know about adolescent sleep and social media use so far?
  • How does this fit with the portrayal in the media and our general held beliefs?
  • What should we be doing as teachers, parents and carers?

Dr Heather Cleland Woods, Lecturer – School of Psychology, University of Glasgow

12:30-12:50     #Sleepyteens research project

  • Working in partnership with schools to close the gap between research, policy and practice on young people’s social media use, sleep and wellbeing
  • Supporting evidence-based policy, lessons and dialogue
  • Research partnership model, a tailored profile for schools on pupils’ social media use and sleep to support staff, parents and young people

Holly Scott, PhD Researcher – School of Psychology, University of Glasgow

12:50-13:00     Opportunities for questions and discussion

13:00   Chair’s Round-up and 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