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Event: Annual Teachers and Advisers Conference

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Welcome to the Virtual Annual Teachers and Advisers Conference 2020

We are pleased to offer this year's conference on a virtual basis, with a combination of pre-recorded and live sessions, commencing at 11.30am BST, available below. 


We hope you enjoy exploring the resources available, and would be grateful if you could please complete the feedback survey at the bottom of this page.  

Live welcome talk and updates

19 June, 11.30am

A live talk from our Global Vice President, Vanessa Potter 

Join the welcome talk



Coronavirus has had a huge impact on all of us, but we wouldn’t be Essex without our fighting spirit. #WeAreStillEssex.

Live sessions

You can find the password in your invitation email, if you do not have the password, please email smplus@essex.ac.uk

Schools and Colleges Engagement

19 June, 12pm

Our schools and colleges engagement webinar looks to review our activity over the last year, explore virtual resources and discuss opportunities in the coming months. We’ll tell you more about our approach to new starters in 2020 and provide an update on new developments at Essex.

Join the webinar

Live chat room

19 June, 1pm

Join the Essex team, including speakers from our CPD sessions, alongside teachers and advisers from around the world, in our live chat discussion session.

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CPD sessions

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.

Academic webinars

Our amazing academics have been delivering webinars to showcase the research, specialisms and courses available at Essex, including topical discussions relating to today’s rapidly changing environment. 

Here are a few of our favourites. You can join future live sessions or access the full programme online.

Online resources for schools and colleges

We are pleased to offer a range of online resources including self-directed and live study skills workshops, a suite of resources for those studying the EPQ and recorded school and college talks, including student finance, personal statements and more. 

Feedback survey

We would be grateful if you could please complete our 2-minute feedback survey, to help inform future events and activity. 

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