21 January 2020

Themes of equality and wellbeing are at the forefront of our upcoming events in February and March – come along, learn from others and refresh your practice.

Are we making effective and appropriate connections between wellbeing and EDI practice?

The new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) sets great importance on the wellbeing of both students and staff. One way to improve wellbeing is to ensure that we uphold the values of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Our EDI and Social Inclusion Network will consider ideas of how we can do this, such as how to integrate EDI into apprenticeship and short course programmes, and we ask that you to bring along an approach or resource that has helped you to develop EDI in your organisation.

Our focus on wellbeing continues in March with a Wellbeing Network focusing particularly on mental health. With around 75% of mental health problems in adult life (not including dementia) starting by the age of 18, it is crucial for those of us who work with young people to try to access the early help and support that they need if a mental health problem becomes apparent.

In this network, we will look at what progress has been made against government proposals for change. Frances Oxley, Mental Health Co-ordinator at Lincoln College Group, will share her organisation’s approach, and we encourage you to bring along an aspect of your own approach to share with the group.



Effective induction contributes to staff wellbeing

We have changed the name of our Staff Development Managers’ Network to reflect the key role certain staff have in developing professional development (PD) opportunities for curriculum and service area personnel within their organisations. Following requests from attendees at last term’s event, we will be focusing on staff induction in this New Professional Development Network.

A good induction programme ensures your staff are fully prepared to enter their new roles and are able to settle into your organisation quickly. Ruth Steyert (Staff Development Manager, Grimsby Institute) will share a week-long induction programme that includes sessions such as Safeguarding and Conflict Management, both of which are especially important in maintaining staff wellbeing throughout organisations.



Booking details

To book your place at any of these events, or to find further details, follow the relevant link below.

EDI and Social Inclusion Network

Tuesday 4 February 2020

12:15 – 15:45

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New Professional Development Network

Wednesday 26 February 2020

12:15 – 15:45

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Wellbeing Network

Friday 6 March 2020

12:15 – 15:45

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The Skills and Education Group offers a wide range of professional development opportunities. Our upcoming events can be viewed here.

Don’t forget, we also have a Funding Update from Beej Kaczmarczyk (Director, Learning Curve Group) on 4 March. Beej is well known for his highly engaging briefings on the detail of sector funding, and he will be focusing on funding rules and rates affecting young people, devolved adult education budgets and apprenticeship funding.