Join us for this year’s SELMAS Forum DinnerThursday 17 May 20185.30pm to 9.00pm
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”Antoine de St Exupery
There are many different routes to success for our young people. For most it is a straightforward ramble to the top of the mountain; for some it will involve lots of detours to explore interesting, less direct pathways.
As always, our excellent and provocative speakers have been asked to challenge your thinking and generate lively debate. They will suggest that success looks different for different learners, and invite reflection on whether, as educators, we offer sufficient flexibility and individualisation to those who shine in different ways. They will consider whether our current school system is more concerned with “gathering wood” rather than with helping young people to develop a deep yearning for “the vast and endless sea”.
Speakers will include:John Loughton is founder and CEO of leadership development social enterprise Dare2Lead He is an internationally recognised youth leader and campaigner, as well as being a past winner of Big Brother.
Wendy Seager is an actor and theatre maker. She is a founder member of Wildfire Theatre and is on a mission to bring women from disadvantaged backgrounds into the theatre.
Ian Rivers is Professor of Education for Social Change and Head of the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde. He is a developmental psychologist and HCPC registered health psychologist specialising in the study of the bullying behaviour and its psychological impact.
The Forum is the highlight of the year for all SELMAS fans – good food, good conversation, good fun.Don’t miss out!
Cost: £29.00Book on Eventbrite at SELMAS Forum Dinner 2018
Event Address:St George’s School for GirlsGarscube TerraceEdinburgh EH12 6BG
6 February 2018
The Merchants’ Hall, Hanover Street, Edinburgh. £80
SELMAS aims to support, encourage and provoke mature conversations in areas of immediate relevance and interest to educational leaders, and the 2018 conference will deliver on this ambition.
This is our latest conference, and offers a timely debate on leadership in the light of current governance reviews – not to be missed!
The Cabinet Secretary, John Swinney will update conference on the progress the government has made with the proposals outlined in Empowering Schools
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The venue is a bonus: the remarkable Merchants’ Hall in central Edinburgh, where ‘Art and Architecture have combined to create a building of grace and distinction’.
The cost is an added bonus: at £80 we have managed to reduce the cost by £10 from last year, thanks in part to our sponsorship once again from the Scottish College for Educational Leadership.
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Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney
Jay Helbert: Experienced headteacher who has overseen and coordinated a range of leadership programmes including Collaborative Middle Leadership, Towards Headship and Into Headship
Lesley Riddoch: is one of Scotland’s best known authors, commentators and broadcasters. She is best known for broadcasting with programmes on BBC2, Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, for which she has won two Sony speech broadcaster awards.
Kate Robinson: is Head of Strategic Operations of HundrED, a two-year think and do tank taking an extensive look into the future of K-12 education. An official part of Finland’s centenary of independence in 2017, HundrED interviewed 100 global thought leaders, created 100 case studies of innovative education happenings worldwide, and trialled 100 new experiments in schools across Finland.
Louis Moore: is 14 years old and attends Firrhill High School. He is a keen cyclist and is a member of the Edinburgh Road Club. He enjoys being in his school soul band and plays guitar and cornet. He also runs a business called Louis’ Eggs.
Keir Bloomer: is an independent education consultant. As a member of the review group which wrote “A Curriculum for Excellence”, he has been closely involved with curriculum reform and recently chaired the Higher Order Skills Excellence Group. He now undertakes curriculum and professional development work.
Contact for information:
SELMAS Annual Forum 2017
The Child Outside the System
The SELMAS Forum this year is being held as usual at St George’s School, Garscube Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 6BG on Thursday 11 May, 6.00-9.00pm, with the unchanged but much appreciated formula of good food, good wine and stimulating, challenging speakers.
We are delighted that:
- Paul Blackwood, Station Manager with the Scottish Fire and rescue Service
- Fiona McKenzie of Cenrtrestage in Kilmarnock
- Ian Macmillan, CEO of the Cyrenians
- Gillian Hunt, educator,
have all agreed to contribute, and the event is being chaired by
- Jay Helbert, Lead Specialist at the Scottish College for Educational Leadership/ – an all star line up!
Cost is £38
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Our friends at SCEN have asked SELMAS colleagues to raise awareness of this interesting survey – please seek it out and participate if you can.
“Mapping Chinese Study” in partnership with the Confucius Institute.
Letters have been sent to every headteacher in Scotland..
Your help with this important survey would be greatly appreciated.
Alan McLean, Chartered Psychologist and author of ‘The Motivated School,’ has offered to run a free workshop for the SELMAS tribe based on his recent work on developing self reflection for teachers, leaders and learners. Details and registration are available on the eventbrite link for the workshop. Please book early to avoid disappointment!
We are sharing this on behalf of Sue Palmer from Upstart. You may have seen some information about this new organisation at our forum dinner last week. More posts about that to follow shortly!