SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FROM WORKSHOP DAY 2016
Keynote Speakers - Mairi Thomson (Education Scotland) & Ken Edwards (SDS)
Workshop A - Janet Lindsay, Sleep: What can we do to help?
The Sound Sleep Workshop was a real eye opener to the amount of sleep a teenager needs to perform at his/her optimum in school. We learned the facts about what effect lack of sleep can have on the ability to learn and retain information. An excellent and thought provoking workshop with lots of ideas to get over the message to students in school.
Workshop B - Andy Carder, Higher Order Thinking Skills
Workshop C - Euan Hood, Introduction to the Autism Spectrum Condition, Asperger’s
Euan provided the audience with a humorous, insightful look at life from the perspective of someone who is autistic. After some factual information about the Autism Spectrum Condition, we were told about the challenges faced by an autistic person when interacting with ‘Neuro Typicals’. To the Autistic person Neuro Typicals are complex and those on the Autistic Spectrum are not. Autistic people often see things in black and white and are confused with the intricate grey areas of neuro typical social interaction and communication. We were entertained by anecdotes and given useful strategies for the classroom.
If anyone who attended Euan's workshop would like a copy of his presentation then they should get in touch using the Contact Us page on the SGA site. Euan will be only too happy to send a copy. This would be for personal use only, and not for redistribution.
Another useful links is the autism tool box http://www.autismtoolbox.co.uk/ available in pdf format at http://www.gov.scot/resource/doc/266126/0079626.pdf
Workshop D - Neil Morrison, Getting behind the story and behaviour of the pupil.
This was an informed and captivating viewpoint from a vastly experienced and unique counsellor in Neil Morrison. Neil’s relaxed and informal presentation style gave real life accounts of the similarities and differences between counselling and guidance. Delivered with humour and empathy, Neil gave practical advice on cognitive behavioural therapy and the art of listening.
All participants who attended the workshop are entitled to a 20% discount off course fees from the Institute of Counselling. To take advantage of this offer call 0141-204-2230 and quote Ref: SGA100
Workshop E - Kevin O'Donnell, Prevent: Counteracting Terrorism & Radicalisation
Kevin began by outlining the UK government's counter terrorism strategy and focused on the aspect that concerns education. He gave some insight into the research that underpins the strategy - some interesting and useful observations that are helpful for those dealing with young people. Teachers are important in challenging prejudices every day - the base in the hierarchy leading to terrorism.
Kevin outlined a number of excellent resources and in particular supported those produced by community groups.
"Act Now" video
"True Tube" website
"I SEE Scotland"
Prevent Delivery Unit - Police Scotland website BBC Murder of Breck Bednar Hate crime material True Vision website 'Radicalisation and Terrorism: A Teacher's Handbook'. Brilliant publication
Workshop F - Mairi Thomson & Ken Edwards, Developing Young Workforce Standards
This session focussed on key resources schools and staff can be using in making sure that they are working towards successfully implementing the Developing Young Workforce agenda within their own settings and policies. We were guided to parts of the resources, such as the ‘self-evaluation wheel’ allowing us to judge where we are both as pupil support staff and whole school in the implementation and delivery of careers guidance and skills highlighted in the Career Education Standard (3-18) framework. It was made clear that the development of career management and employability skills was a whole school focus and not just left to those who support young people.
Workshop G - Craig Mill, CALL Resources to support learners with ASN
Craig Mill gave an excellent guide through the uses of technology in accessing information for ASN pupils – particularly when using ipads.
He shared details of useful posters:
"Supporting Writing Difficulties. A practical guide from CALL Scotland"
"iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia/Reading and Writing Difficulties"
Both can be found at www.callscotland.org.uk
Workshop H - Sarah Hulme, Self Regulation and Scripts
“Self -regulation and scripts”, crammed the practice and theory of nurture, attachment and the use of scripts into a short and informative workshop. A variety of evidence-based theory and examples of scripts were discussed and analysed. A great deal of focus was given to the transference of educational psychology principles to our everyday roles and the positive impact using scripts and self-regulation can have on positive behaviour policy and relationship frameworks in schools.
Handout from Sandy Cunningham, SEEMiS