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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9:15am - 10:40am
Welcome and Opening Address
Keynote: “Learning is a protective factor”
11:00am - 12:00pm
The Journey to Becoming an Attachment Aware/Trauma Responsive School
The Role of the DSL and the DT in Promoting the Education of children with a social worker
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Morning Reflections and Introduction to the Afternoon Session
Connecting with Young People in Trouble: Risk, Relationships and Lived Experience
Findings from the Touchbase Attachment Lead Training for Schools in Leeds
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 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 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.