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Think&Do: A Politics and Values Conference for Secondary School Teachers
Wed 25 January 2017, 10:00 – 16:30 GMT
Think&Do is a venture from The Politics Project which connects teachers with the best academics ('thinkers') and the most innovative practitioners ('doers') in Political and Values education.
Building on the success of our collaborative events for young people, we bring you our first collaborative conference, where we make the most of the expertise in the room. We invite teachers to attend a series of interactive talks, workshops and roundtable discussions where they will have the opportunity to challenge and co-create alongside experts in the field, developing new ideas and techniques that they can take back to the classroom.
Schools face new challenges to deliver statuary duties in SMSC, British Values, and Prevent. This conference explores creative ways to deliver these requirements and produce positive outcomes for students, while recognising the constraints on time and money. Through doing so, we hope to improve both the quantity and quality of Politics and Values education.
We will combine academic voices with those of organisations on the ground to give participants an insight into established best practice. Teachers will work with experts and fellow teachers to explore practical solutions to common problems and find ways to get the best outcomes for both schools and pupils.
Suitable for Secondary Teachers of Citizenship, Politics, PSHE, Religious Studies and Global Studies, as well as non-subject specialists delivering British Values.
Talks and workshops include:
- Navigating a changing political landscape - Dr Andrew Mycock, Senior Politics Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield;
- Student-led solutions - Alison Hall, Head of Government and Politics Xaverian College (with students);
- A place to stretch: Political/Values-based Extended Projects - Christine Andrews, Principal Moderator for Extended Project Qualification at AQA;
- Theory into practice: is expecting teachers to embody British Values a step too far? - Kevin Walker, former Citizenship teacher, now a doctoral student and Member of the Association Citizenship Teachers Council.
- Managing difficult conversations in the classroom - The Foundation for Peace (http://foundation4peace.org);
- Making politics relevant - person-centred political education - The Politics Project;
- Exploring best practice - A roundtable discussion - leading academics and education experts;
- Trips, events and visits - The People's History Museum Learning Team;
- More TBA....
There will also be opportunities to speak to representatives from the following organisations and find out about the support they offer:
-National Citizen Service (The Challenge Network) - (www.ncsthechallenge.org/)
-The Democratic Society - (www.demsoc.org/)
- Political Studies Association (www.psa.ac.uk)
- Simple Politics (www.simplepolitics.co.uk/)
Each participant will receive a free resources pack with information from: AQA, The Parliamentary Education Service, The Politics Project and more.