Aimhigher London LAC CPD Conference
‘Keeping Collaboration in Mind’ Joining where ends meet: supporting transition within and between sectors
Over 60 delegates attended the conference on the 15th May 2019 at Kingston University (10.00 am – 4.00 pm). Delegates represented schools, virtual schools, 6th form colleges and universities.
The aim of the conference was to bring together practitioners from different sectors to champion the educational success of care experienced students and the adults who support them. The conference focused on the themes of interdependence and dependence and how they relate to preparing for transitions.
Key note speakers were:
Dr Chris Nicholson, Head of Department and Senior Lecturer, Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex
‘Relational Ruptures: the Psychodynamics of Leaving Care’
Kirsty McQueen, Senior Engagement Advisor, Spectra First Ltd
‘‘The Care Leaver Covenant from policy into practice’
Workshops explored local effective practice and collaborative partnerships in relation to the conference themes.
Click on the relevant workshop title to download presentation material from the day:
- ‘Relational Ruptures: the Psychodynamics of Leaving Care’, Dr Chris Nicholson, Head of Department & Senior Lecturer, Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex
- ‘The Care Leaver Covenant from policy into practice’, Kirsty McQueen, Senior Engagement Advisor, Spectra First Ltd
- ‘Working together to support looked after children and care leavers – A joined up approach’, Tracey Lewis, 14-24 Curriculum Lead/Advisory Teacher, Merton Virtual School & Cait Orton, Safeguarding and Equalities Officer, Richmond upon Thames College
- ‘Attachment and Trauma: Its relationship to and impact on educational achievement and engagement’, Adrian Cross, Advisory Teacher, Marietta Harrow, Post 16 Advisory Teacher & Dr Aysun La Fontaine, Educational Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Wandsworth Virtual School
- ‘The Road to Uni…….or Not!’ – One Virtual school’s experience from Year 6 onwards, Bronagh Maginn, KS5 Phase Leader and Assistant Headteacher, Lewisham Virtual School, Melanie Aarons Royal, Senior Careers Adviser, Lewisham Leaving Care Service & Peggy Cooke, Widening Participation Manager, Goldsmiths, University of London
- ‘Next Steps’ – Evaluation of pilot project supporting the progression of young people in care with transitions from school to HE, Dr David Maguire, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, UCL Institute of Education & Hazel McNeill, Targeted Projects, Aimhigher London