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Key topic areas covered include: Higher Education, Further Education & Skills, Secondary, and Primary & Early Years.

Working Collaboratively with Students to Deliver Consent Workshops

Between March 2018- and March 2020, students in England were over three times more likely than average to have experienced sexual assault. In this video, Dr Penny Turnbull, Assistant Director of Student Services, Kara Stewart, GotConsent Coordinator and Leonor Capelier, StaAnd Together Intern discuss how consent workshops delivered at have been developed at the University of St Andrews. These workshops have been developed with students and were adapted to meet the demands of online learning in addition to individual student needs.

Implementing a Whole School Approach to Mental Health

1 in 6 school-aged children has a mental health problem, and there are escalating concerns nationwide around issues such as anxiety, self-harm and panic attacks. In this video, Lauren Pinney, Head of PSHE and Student Wellbeing at Hove Park School discusses how a whole school approach to mental health has benefitted both staff and student wellbeing.

Promoting Social Mobility through Apprenticeships

The number of apprenticeship starts from the most disadvantaged quintile fell by 30% between 2015/16 and 2018/19. In this video Edward Donkor from the Social Mobility Commission explores how apprenticeships can improve social mobility and provides a toolkit for employers, and other stakeholders, to increase the accessibility of their apprenticeship programmes.

Attainment Gap: Cultural Capital and the Attainment Gap

Cultural Capital is the knowledge children need to prepare them for future success in life. We heard from Jackie O’Hanlon of the Royal Shakespeare Company about how culture and the arts can be used to help close the attainment gap and improve language development.

Attainment Gap: Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils

For the first time since 2011 As a result of the pandemic and the impact of remote learning, the attainment gap between children has started to widen. Alex Quigley, of the Education Endowment Foundation shared how early intervention and sustained parental involvement in learning can help provide better support to disadvantaged students.

Attainment Gap: Using Schoolwide Strategies to Tackle the Attainment Gap

The pandemic posed significant challenges for schools, with remote learning and disruption to learning widening the attainment gap across England. We heard from Sarah Rostrom of St Bede Church of England Primary Academy about how innovative schoolwide strategies can improve support for teachers, enabling them to deliver bespoke learning packages to students to tackle the attainment gap.

Supporting Disadvantaged Families: Early Years Development: Strategies for Preventing and Closing Attainment Gaps

Many children start school, unequipped with the speech, language, and communication skills that would be expected at school-entry age. The Norwich Opportunity Partnership Area Board are working to strengthen early-childhood development statistics in the area. We heard from Tim Coulson, Chair of the Norwich Opportunity Area on how Communication hubs and champions can help to support these children in their development.

Youth Employability: Widening Access to Technical Education

The DFE have developed several new policies to reform the further education sector, with the aims of improving youth employability. We heard from Sue Lovelock from the Department for Education about the value of T Levels and the importance of widening access to technical education to further promote employment.

Sexual Health: Inclusive Sex and Relationships Education for LBGT+ and LGBT+ SEND Young People

Historically, there has been a lack of inclusive sex education in schools. Many LGBTQ+ and SEND students have reported feeling left out. We heard from Nick Dunne, Head of Education at the sexual health charity Brook. He outlined the detrimental impact of a lack of inclusion and why accessible education is so important.

Student Mental Health: Ensuring a Safe and Inclusive Campus for LGBTQ+ Students

Research has showed that LGBTQ+ students in HE are significantly more likely to experience depression or anxiety whilst at university than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. We heard from Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham about the programmes they developed to support the wellbeing of their LGBTQ+ students.

Student Mental Health: Enhancing Transitional Student Wellbeing with a Digital Peer-To-Peer Approach

The University of Lincoln has worked hard to produce digital wellbeing resources for their students, including podcasts and online workshops. We heard from Tom Wright, Director of Digital Student Life at the University of Lincoln who discussed the digital wellbeing strategy of the university, and how they overcame challenges during the development process.

Student Mental Health: The Latest Government Policy in Improving Student Mental Health

The Government has allocated £13 million to bridge the gap between children’s and adult mental health services to support HE students and young adults. We heard from the Minister of State for Universities at the Department for Education, Michelle Donelan MP about the latest government initiative for supporting the wellbeing of students across the UK.

Teacher Workload: Creating a Shared Teacher Planning System to Reduce Workload

Marking and data collection is a major source of concern and stress for teachers Some schools are now looking at innovative marking techniques to reduce the workload of their teaching staff. We heard from Kate Owbridge, Executive Headteacher at Ashdown Primary School on the school’s switch from marking to responsive teaching.

Teacher Workload: Implementing a Cost-Effective Wellbeing Strategy

The Bishop Young Academy have worked hard to create an inclusive and supportive culture, ensuring staff wellbeing is a priority. We heard from Vice principal Emily Kempthorne on ways that the school have done so in a cost-effective manner.

Teacher Workload: Making Teacher Wellbeing a Priority in Schools

The pandemic has posed a significant mental health challenge to teachers and educational staff. We heard from Sinéad McBrearty of Education Support who shared ways that schools can implement comprehensive wellbeing strategies that support their workforce.

Delivering Excellence in Teaching Arts: Implementing a Whole School Approach to the Arts

Many schools across in the UK have used the Arts Award Framework to ensure that their students are receiving a quality education in the arts. The Headteacher of St Bede’s & St Joseph’s Catholic College, Rebecca Voller discussed how the Arts Award has benefited their students and how they have staggered the awards across year groups.

Delivering Excellence in Teaching Arts: The Impact of the Arts for Disadvantaged Children

At Pakeman Primary School the number of Pupil Premium students and those with English as an additional language is significantly higher than the national average. We heard from Headteacher Emma Bonnin about how they embedded the arts into their school day, with the aim of helping disadvantaged pupils with their academic and personal development.

Delivering Excellence in Teaching Arts: Becoming a Leader in Cultural Education

Curious Minds have made it their mission to train teachers . We heard from Derri Burdon, Chief Executive of Curious Minds who discussed the wealth of training programmes on offer for teachers wanting to become cultural education leaders.

Data Management for Schools: Using Destination Data to Inform Career Guidance

Destination data is used to track where students go on to after they leave school. It can be used to understand the trajectory future students will take, allowing schools to amend career guidance We heard from Neil Willis and Tom Gallon the North East Local Enterprise Partnership about how they use destinations data to better student prospects.

Data Management for Schools: Using Data to Support and Monitor SEND Pupils’ Progress

Many schools are still using Management Information Systems and databases that are not well suited to the needs of their school. We heard from Vijita Patel, Principal of Swiss Cottage School and National Education Leader. Vijita discussed why their school changed Management Information Systems to better accommodate for the SEND student population.