Following last year’s highly successful conference in the Caves, on the theme of “Equity and Aspiration in Education”, booking is now open for this year’s event.
The theme will be “Changing Futures: Believing in our young people” chosen by the SELMAS Committee to continue the focus on issues related to the educational experiences of those young people whose needs are not being met by our current system. As always we have signed up a number of spirited and challenging speakers to stimulate discussion and reflection.
These will include: John Swinney MSP, our Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills who will outline current Government strategies designed to “Close the Gap.” Mairi Breen, headteacher of Braehead Primary School who will describe how her teachers are making a real and lasting difference to children in their school who are living in poverty. John Carnochan who as a senior police officer worked for many years in some of the most deprived communities in Scotland where the levels of poverty and deprivation were usually matched by a sense of hopelessness and disconnection from society. Cathy McCulloch, Co-Director of the Children’s Parliament which works with children in the context of family, school and community. The Parliament connects children with each other, with adults, with their communities and allows them to influence the development of better services for children. Sarah-Jane Linton and some of the young people from Who Cares? Scotland which is a national voluntary organisation, working with care experienced young people and care leavers across Scotland.
As always the Conference aims to offer stimulating and creative thinking around this key issue for all educators, and an opportunity to engage with others in thought-provoking discussion.
The venue is the Radisson Blu Hotel, 80 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH and the date is February 2nd 2017
Book via eventbrite: http://bit.ly/SELMAS020217
This conference is supported by and in partnership with SCEL, the Scottish College for educational Leadership
Welcome back to session 2015-16. Everyone at SELMAS wishes all our followers; leaders, educators and students alike every success and best wish for the new term. To kick things off we have organised our fourth Brainstrust event – this time in the new Malala Library in the recently rebuilt James Gillespie’s High School. We are grateful to Mr Donald MacDonald of the school for letting us use the premises and also to the Centre for Confidence and Well-being for their partnership in this event.
What is Brainstrust?
Brainstrust is a SELMAS speciality – it is a SELMAS type of discussion event we like to host on a very topical issue; sometimes in response to a document or report which is relevant to educational leadership, or sometimes on a question or problem which has been ruminating within the system and surfaces at a certain time.
Being an independent body of volunteers we can organise these events quickly, so they have a bit of a “pop-up” feel. Keep on the look-out for them as you don’t often get much warning! To do this we rely on friends and supporters, so we always have a partner organisation with us in brainstrust.
We call these events “Brainstrust” because they involve serious thinking about serious issues and true to our principles, SELMAS does not defend any particular agenda in the course of the discussion but allows all manner of questions to be asked – difficult and awkward ones included, in order to allow a space for mature, open, informed and sometimes critical conversations about educational matters to take place.
If you are on our mailing list a flyer will be arriving in your inbox very soon. But as a special reward for reading our blog you can preview it here: Flyer for Brains trust 9.09.2015 and get your booking in early via eventbrite. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Professor Mel Ainscow gave the one year anniversary lecture recently at the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change at Glasgow University. The theme was equity and improvement in education – something close to the work of SELMAS in recent times. You can find information and slides from the talk below. Contact the Robert Owen Centre directly if you’d like to be included on their mailing list for future events.
Sheila has kindly made her presentation available to everyone and added an audio commentary just click on the loudspeaker symbol on each slide to hear it. Many, many thanks, Sheila. Hope others get as much from it as we did on the day.
Click either here or on the image above to download Sheila’s presentation.
The IPDA is holding its international conference this year in Aston University, Birmingham on 28th/29th November, and it looks extremely interesting. If any friends of SELMAS attend this event please could you get in touch about a guest blogpost for our blog to share the wisdom? Email Catriona for more information, and click on the photo above for further details of the event.
The waiting is nearly over for our next “brainstrust” quick and dirty pop-up event in Glasgow College. In keeping with the SELMAS philosophy of providing a platform for mature and open conversations about education and leadership, the brainstrust events focus on a theme, document, or idea which is current or emerging and affords a safe environment for the conversations about it to take place.
Follow the event on twitter – #brainstrust2
Because SELMAS is an independent organisation run by volunteers we can respond quickly to events, as long as we have the capacity to do so. This second brainstrust event has been made possible by the generosity of our friends in Glasgow College, who have kindly opened up their premises to us. Please take the time to check out a forthcoming event they are organising of their own – the One City event. They’re still looking for some facilitators for the CPD sessions running as part of this event so get in touch with Martin Taylor, Organisational Development Manager if you’d like to be involved.