Turn and Face the Strange - Children in Transition, Chris Nicholson
What are the difficulties children face with transition? Each child is different, but are their common reasons why transitions are difficult to manage?
Using the example of looked-after children leaving care, I will show that in leaving the familiar for the unfamiliar, the known for the unknown, conscious and unconscious processes are stirred up and often expressed through behavioural and emotional pressures placed on carers, teachers and others. These processes, when left unrecognised, reopen, widen and sustain the ‘relational ruptures’ that were established during their earliest years and decrease the likelihood of successful outcomes.
We will explore how developmental and psychoanalytic ideas can be used to understand and suggest alternative ways of addressing care leavers’ transitional needs. My work with care leavers at Donyland Lodge, a therapeutic community and school in Essex, will be described.
To conclude the presentation, I will describe an activity for you to undertake, perhaps with the help of a trusted colleague, to help you move closer toward understanding the vicissitudes of transitional experience. In the live chat session (1pm BST) we can think about any issues raised by the presentation, and also what you gained from the activity.
Cross-Curricular Online Learning Platforms, Nick Acton
Learn how to create and share meaningful online educational experiences for a range of curriculum subjects. Participants will gain the skills to utilise a number of different online applications that can provide their learners with engaging assessment activities and innovative learning opportunities. All of the applications work on all devices, meaning that teachers can easily share their creations both in the classroom and with their home learners without any technological compatibility worries.
Human Rights, Big Data and Technology: What you need to know, Sabrina Rau & Elena Abrusci
Technology has been playing an increasing role in our lives, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. The session will explore some of the main challenges to human rights posed by big data, AI and technology. In particular, the session will focus on issues related to data sharing, consent online, misinformation and disinformation. The session will enable participants to be more conscious online, better understand pressing issues and be more knowledgeable of the resources available to mitigate risks to human rights online. This will empower attendees to share crucial knowledge with their students and colleagues on the potential but also risk of certain products and services.
Mental Health and Well-being Support at the University of Essex. Emma Burgess
Learn more about the challenges students face in their transition to higher education and the support provisions in place at the University of Essex.