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Transitions and change for care-experienced young people in school - Webinar

Posted on by Laura Bunting

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic brought issues around transitions and change in education into sharp focus. This webinar will explore the factors that make transitions and change such a challenge for care-experienced and adopted children and provide practical strategies for supporting children to manage them.

Speaker: Rebecca Brooks is an Education Policy Advisor at Adoption UK, a former secondary school teacher and foster carer. Now an adoptive parent, her work at Adoption UK focuses on assessing the impact of education policy on adoptive families and adopted children and young people and supporting education professionals with guidance, training materials and resources. She is the author of Trauma and Attachment Aware Classroom and several Adoption UK reports including Bridging the Gap, Better Futures and the annual Adoption Barometer.

Outline: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic brought issues around transitions and change in education into sharp focus. Whether through sudden partial closures of schools early in the pandemic, or burst bubbles in the months following, everybody in education has experienced the uncertainty and disruption of sudden and dramatic transitions. Those who care for or work with care-experienced children will know that many struggle with change and uncertainty. Even without the complication of a global pandemic, the school day is a long series of transitions – from one activity to another, one room to another, one teacher to another – and the rhythm of the school year adds in transitions to holidays and back again, to new classes and to new settings. This webinar will explore the factors that make transitions and change such a challenge for care-experienced and adopted children and provide practical strategies for supporting children to manage them. Find further information on the Event page and the Project page.

Timing: Thursday 16th September 16:00 – 17:00

Webinar Link

You can watch previous webinar recordings in the Webinar section of the project page, or the Rees Centre’s YouTube channel. Below are direct links to our latest recordings.
June webinar: Reviewing the evidence of effectiveness of school-based attachment and trauma informed interventions. Presented by Andrew Brown, Researcher at the Rees Centre, University of Oxford.
March webinar: Developing school relationship policies: Experiences from primary and secondary schools. Presented by Alison Gray, SENDCo at Goodyers End Primary School in Warwickshire, and Paul Nicholson, Headteacher at Gillingham School in Dorset.