Equality/Diversity in Schools - What Are The Challenges Facing Schools?

07 December 2017

How should schools be responding to hot topics such as the rise in anxiety and mental health issues amongst children or the increasing number of pupils identifying as transgender?

How can teachers and governors best protect children in an environment where sexting and other forms of sexual pressure are now the norm? Our autumn Education Conference will be held on Thursday 7 December 2017 at the Tithe Barn, Loseley Park near Guildford.

This is aimed at the School’s SLT, the Governing Body and others (including boarding staff) involved in pastoral care.

We will consider the challenges facing schools relating to gender issues, sexting, peer on peer abuse and other pressures faced by children.

We are delighted to be joined by three excellent guest speakers, Professor Tanya Byron (clinician, journalist, author and broadcaster), Tracy Kirnig (Head at Prior's Field) and Rachel Hughes (Head of PSHEE at Brighton College). Each will share their insights and offer practical tips.

We will outline the legal framework, including duties under the Equality Act and Keeping Children Safe in Education.

A panel discussion will then address some of the key issues raised and delegates will be invited to participate in the discussion.

Full Programme:
09:00 Registration
09:30 Welcome and introduction – Joanna Lada-Walicki
09:35 ‘The legal landscape’ – Ben Collingwood
10:10 ‘The mental health landscape for children and young people: the challenges for schools’ – Professor Tanya Byron
11:05 Break
11:25 Transgender experiences within schools – Tracy Kirnig & Rachel Hughes
12:15 Panel discussion
13:00 Lunch

Date: 7 December 2017
Venue: Tithe Barn, Loseley Park, Guildford