Agency is the fuel of success.
This cross-phase conference will focus deeply on environments, strategies, approaches and experiences and that will support pupils of all ages to increase
- their agency in their learning
- their confidence in their future
- their ability to choose well
In exploring how pupils can develop the tools they require for such self-efficacy, the conference will address important fundamentals around how and what we teach and how we support individuals. We will consider how schools can transform to increase the extent that children and young people can direct their own learning, chart their own course, identify and consider options, reroute along the way, recognise their skill development and grow in confidence. The day will look at what this means for relationships, expectations of autonomy (with appropriate support), culturally responsive and inclusive practice and how to grow a sense of possibilities.
The programme for the day will also include presentations from:Marie Gentles OBE
established Magic Behaviour Management (MBM) alongside Katie L’Aimable. Previously the Headteacher and Deputy Head of an Outstanding Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) provision, they identified a significant need for school staff, external professionals and parents to fully understand behaviour as communication. Marie is a Special Leader in Education (SLE) for the Department for Education (DfE).Eugene Ellis
a writer, psychotherapist and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality. Eugene's book, 'The Race Conversation: An essential guide to creating life-changing dialogue', explores the intersection of race and trauma, the non-verbal communication of race and how we might navigate oppressive patterns.Jean Gross
best-selling author and popular speaker on children's issues. Jean co-authored the Education Endowment Foundation guidance on improving social and emotional learning in primary schools. Jean was formerly government's Communication Champion for children, and previously led the development of national approaches to social and emotional learning in schools.