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Events SCiP Alliance Thriving Lives Toolkit Conference Cymru

SCiP Alliance Thriving Lives Toolkit Conference Cymru

Date: 7 & 14 December 2021

Time: 15:30 – 17:30  

Location: Virtual 

Outcomes:

The conference provided delegates with an increased understanding of Service children and their experiences in education. The opportunity for group discussion, practical advice and examples of good practice shared in the conference ensured that delegates built their confidence in using the Thriving Lives Toolkit to evaluate and enhance the support in place for Service children in their education settings.   

Supporting documents:

Click here to view the delegate handout 

Click here to view the Thriving Lives Toolkit 

Well organised, relevant and delivered on time!

After this conference, I am going to use the toolkit to further develop our work with Service children and families.

I really enjoyed it and felt I took away a lot of very useful information.

Part 1: ‘Understanding Service children's lives and how the alliance helps

Introduction to SSCE Cymru & educational landscape in Wales

Millie Taylor, SSCE Cymru Programme Manager, Welsh Local Government Association

Introduction and overview of the SCiP Alliance

Philip Dent, Director, SCiP Alliance

Experiences of Service children

 

Summary of breakout rooms for group discussion

 

Part 2: How schools can use the Thriving Lives Toolkit to ensure Service children thrive

How to use the Thriving Lives Toolkit to support your school practice

Katherine Lawrence, Head of Operations, SCiP Alliance

Q&A to panel including Millie Taylor, Dr. Ross Hall, Katherine Lawrence, Philip Dent & Leah Burnett

 

School sharing reflections of using the Thriving Lives Toolkit: Coychurch (Llangrallo) Primary School

Sue Hurry and Delyth Davies, Headteacher and Thrive Practitioner, Coychurch (Llangrallo) Primary School, Bridgend

School sharing reflections of using the Thriving Lives Toolkit: Brecon High School

Leah Burnett, Forces Families Support Officer, Brecon High School, Powys

Summary of breakout rooms for group discussion

 

Service children’s quotes

"As soon as we get used to a house, you get moved - I’ve been to four schools and moved six times."

Aiden

"I lived in Nepal, then we went to Brunei, then Malaysia."

Ashim

"In my eyes, you have hundreds of friends in different places."

Chloe

"I’m used to moving now and mixing with the children... I’ve done it so many times, it’s just a normal thing now."

Chloe

"It's ok talking over skype and that, but sometimes you just want a hug when Dad is away."

Georgia

"I’ve enjoyed going around to lots of places around the world, it's adventurous and exciting."

Harry

"In my eyes, you have hundreds of friends in different places."

Ieuan

"My mum got a chalk board and it says how many sleeps on it with chalk, every minute it’s getting closer for him coming home."

Mia

"I don’t want him to get promoted... I want him to get promoted but I don’t want to leave."

Oliver

"I might be going to boarding school so that I don’t change schools every few years."

Ryan

"I've been to seven different schools; I’ve not stayed put in one school long enough."

Shana

"He has been away for six months and he is back for two weeks, then he goes away again."

Sianed

"My parents were in the Army. My mum is a like a nurse and my dad went to the war in Afghanistan. I actually didn’t really know what he was doing so I was like, ‘Cool Dad, go there,’ but then I found out and thought, 'Thank God he came back alive.'"

Sanjog

"He signed off last week, so he will be done by the end of this year. He’s done 24 years. I find that better because he will be around a lot. He likes watching us playing rugby, so he will get to see us more."

Lewis

"I’m going to a new place entirely. They don’t know anything about me and that’s a big restart and that’s really good for me."

Piaras

"I moved to Wales because my dad was posted in the Army. I thought I would get bullied and I was shy when you meet new people, but I made some friends."

Dan