Leeds City Council The Virtual School Virtual Conference and Exhibition 2022 Draft

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Leeds City Council The Virtual School
Virtual Conference and Exhibition 2022

Thursday 17th February 2022

Learning as a Protective Factor
Supporting Designated Teachers and Designated Safeguarding Leads

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Opening Session
9:15am - 10:40am

Welcome and Opening Address

Jancis Andrew, Head of the Virtual School for Children Looked After, Leeds City Council

Keynote: “Learning is a protective factor”

Lisa Cherry, Author and leading International Trainer and Consultant

11:00am - 12:00pm

The Journey to Becoming an Attachment Aware/Trauma Responsive School

Stuart Guest, Headteacher, Colebourne Primary School, Birmingham

The Role of the DSL and the DT in Promoting the Education of children with a social worker

Designated Safeguarding Leads & the Education Safeguarding Team, Leeds City Council

Afternoon Session
12:45pm - 2:00pm

Morning Reflections and Introduction to the Afternoon Session

Jancis Andrew and Lisa Cherry

Connecting with Young People in Trouble: Risk, Relationships and Lived Experience

Andi Brierley, Teacher, Leeds Trinity University and Author

Findings from the Touchbase Attachment Lead Training for Schools in Leeds

The Educational Psychology Service , Leeds City Council



Lisa Cherry

Author and leading International Trainer and Consultant

Lisa Cherry is an author and a leading international trainer and consultant, specialising in assisting those in Education, Social Care and Adoption and Fostering to understand trauma, recovery and resilience for vulnerable children, young people and their families. Lisa has over 30 years of experience in this field and combines academic knowledge and research with professional skills and personal experience. Lisa's MA research looked at the impact on education and employment for care experienced adults who experienced school exclusion as children in the 1970's and 1980's. Currently, Lisa is undertaking her DPhil studies at The University of Oxford in the Department of Education, asking the research question "How are care-experienced adults’ identities shaped by narratives of being excluded from school?"

Stuart Guest

Headteacher, Colebourne Primary School, Birmingham

Stuart has over 11 years’ experience as a head teacher and is a father of birth and adopted children. He has developed trauma friendly approaches at his school and has seen the positive impact this can have on pupils, families, staff and outcomes for his school. He has appeared on the BBC One Show in January 2018 and the Victoria Derbyshire Show in June 2018 talking about supporting adopted children in schools. Stuart is also a blogger, speaker, trainer and lecturer for trauma informed approaches in schools.

Andi Brierley

Teacher, Leeds Trinity University and Author

Andi is a University Teacher at Leeds Trinity University and Published Author of two Youth Justice Books. Andi delivers the Unlocked MSc Degree in Custodial Leadership to Prison Officer Graduates. Andi has an extensive 15-year career in Youth Justice, including 5 years as the Child Looked After Specialist, safely reducing the number of children in care being criminalised in Leeds. Andi had an extraordinary route into his professional career. This included being born to a 17-year-old Care Leaver, as well as his subsequent separation and care experience. This complex family and childhood experience developed into school exclusion, heroin addiction, child criminal exploitation and eventually 4 prison sentences. Andi's practice and his motivation to support children caught up in his previous circumstances have been shaped by his own ability to overcome adversity and make a positive contribution to the vulnerable in our society with a belief that no matter how dark it gets, there is always light.


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Dr Karen Treisman

Dr Karen Treisman, MBE, is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist and trauma specialist who has worked in the National Health System and children’s social services for several years. Karen has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. She also is the author of 11 books/ workbooks, including the bestselling book, “The therapeutic treasure box”, and of 5 sets of therapeutic card decks.

Diana Osagie

Founder Courageous Leadership Consultancy & The Academy of Women’s Leadership

With 20 years’ experience leading secondary education, including six years as a successful head teacher in a London secondary school, Diana works at the cutting edge of leadership development. She is known as a resilient school leader, skilled in urban leadership under challenging circumstances. Diana has substantial success in developing school wide models that strategically enhance the quality of teaching and learning across the curriculum and can couple sound strategic vision whilst giving clear operational direction. She lectures on a MA in Educational Leadership for a UK university. Diana is also a school inspector with developed expertise scrutinising school wide systems. With a proven track record of developing leaders via bespoke training programs, Diana also founded The Academy of Women’s Leadership; specialising in supporting women to grow the leadership cultures of their organisations and to flourish as leaders established in confidence, Diana has established capability in mentoring and supporting leaders facing challenging circumstances and change. She is the author of Courageous Leadership, a humorous book that gives school leaders’ strategies to shape their leadership experience. Successful leaders have someone in their corner who understands and has overcome similar challenges. We all need an advocate and that is what Diana becomes when you work together, an advocate for your leadership.

Dr Carrie Grant MBE (hc)

Carrie is a BAFTA award-winning broadcaster, vocal coach and advocate. Her TV and music career has spanned over 35 years. She was awarded a MOBO award in ’98 and a BASCA in 2008 for her lifetime services to the music industry. She has been awarded two honorary doctorates (University of Bedfordshire 2018, Middlesex University 2020). She has both the biggest selling vocal coaching book and online course in the world. She is currently a reporter for BBC‘s The One Show and co-hosts Radio London’s Saturday Breakfast Show alongside her husband, David Grant MBE. Carrie is President of the Unite Union for Community Practitioners and Health Visitors (CPHVA) as well as being the Patient Lead for the College of Medicine and an Ambassador for Crohn’s & Colitis UK, The National Autistic Society and The Diana Award. She is Mum to four children, three are birth children/one was adopted and all have special needs. Carrie is a keen campaigner and contributes to many forms of media on the subject of Health and Education.