We were invited to host a workshop at the Wellbeing Conference for Primary and Secondary teachers in South Wales on 13th and 14th October 2011.
The aims of the conference were for teachers and pastoral staff to gain:
- Enhanced expertise in mapping and evaluating wellbeing within their school
- Familiarisation with and an increased understanding of the Estyn CIF in relation to wellbeing
- Understanding of the implications for their own self-evaluation and improvement planning processes
- Opportunities to view and discuss best practice, and an awareness of the key guidance documents.
The conference was also a platform for the launch of the Wellbeing Toolkit which is a fantastic resource for schools containing case studies of best practice across the wellbeing agenda. Some previous Valley and Vale Drama projects were included in the Toolkit as examples of best practice.
We were asked to attend the conference with Jon Owen of Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen (previously of Ogmore Comprehensive) to present a workshop on our work in partnership over the years and in particular the CyberBully Project. Unfortunately Jon was unable to attend the conference but Ali Franks, Drama Development Worker for Valley and Vale, spoke about the project from the point of view of the school as well as ourselves.
We feel very positive that we were invited to be part of the Wellbeing Conference as our Drama and Creativity for Emotional Health work has gone from strength to strength over the years Over the next year we are hoping to develop Inset training courses for teachers and pastoral staff in schools based on this body of work so watch this space for more information…