Panel discussion raising attachment awareness within the South West schools, alongside developments, implementations and support available in collaboration with ARC.
Kate Brooks - Bath Spa University (Chair)
Kate is an Associate Lecturer in Education History and a Doctoral researcher at Bath Spa University, researching late nineteenth century education in a Victorian orphanage (where her great grandfather was ‘orphan no. 458’). She lectures on education history, and works with NAVSH, on the Bath Spa Postgraduate course for carers and professionals working with care experienced children.
In addition to her PhD research, Kate has also written articles on aspects of the student experience, including carrying out a city-wide project on secondary school students’ attitudes to attendance, which informed Bristol City Council’s Attendance and Inclusion strategies. She has also published on students’ experiences of teaching and learning in Higher Education, on the Prevent Duty programme, and on widening participation in Higher Education.
Claire Hill - Raysfield Primary School
Clare Barden - Wave MAT
Clare originally trained as a secondary Design and Technology teacher and worked in mainstream for 10 years. She has been a Senior Leader for Alternative Provision in Devon and Cornwall for 14 years, and fully embraces a Trauma and Attachment Aware approach in her role.
Clare currently works as Executive Principal for Wave Trust Alternative Provision in Devon, overseeing three Wave AP Academies across the County. She is also Principal of Stansfield Academy in Exeter which offers 70 places to primary and secondary pupils who are permanently excluded, at risk of permanent exclusion or require education as a result of ‘exceptional circumstances’.
James Down - St Cuthbert Mayne School
James Down is the Headteacher of St Cuthbert Mayne School in Torquay.
St Cuthbert Mayne was the first joint Roman Catholic and Anglican secondary school in the country. The school has undergone significant change in the last 5-10 years in response to the changing nature of school intake and its position in the local community.
James took up the post of Headteacher in September 2020, after a period of Acting Headteacher from Easter 2019. James knows the school really well having been a student at the school in the 1990's. James has been a Senior Leader in secondary school for the last 14 years and has experience of leading all areas of school life. Before this he was Head of Year 7 and a teacher of Physical Education and Religious Studies.
Richard Parker South West Region
Richard Parker has been a youth worker, a researcher, and a secondary school teacher in Inner London. He worked for many years in local government within education and children’s services, in a number of different authorities.
In 2010 he joined Bath Spa University as Director of the Centre for Education Policy in Practice (EPIP), which aimed use the research strengths of the university to promote improvement in education support for vulnerable groups. Richard has a particular interest in the education of children in care and has been involved in a range of activities to promote emotion coaching and attachment awareness in schools and initial teacher education, at both local and national level. Since retiring from teaching at Bath Spa he has concentrated on his research into the effectiveness of attachment aware school approaches, and on supporting ARC. He was a founder trustee of the charity, and coordinates the ARC HE and ITE network.
Richard is also working with NAVSH in delivering a new Postgraduate Certificate for carers and professionals working with care experienced children, as part of the Bath Spa University MA Programme in Professional Practice.
4pm Welcome & Introduction
4.10pm Questions to panel
4.45pm Developing ARC in the South West Region - Richard Parker (ARC Trustee)