Transforming Lives: Succeeding Against the Odds Transitions as a Tool for Change Conference

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We are excited to let you know that you can now book your place for the Scottish Government Funded event: Transforming Lives: Succeeding Against the Odds. Transitions as a Tool for Change.

The event is to take place on Saturday, 14th May 2016: 9.30-16.00 McCance Lecture Theatre, Richmond Street, Glasgow

To book your place email Caroline Marley caroline.marley@strath.ac.uk

Context
In Scotland there is a policy focus on the early years, particularly as government express concern about the educational achievements of their children, the number of children living in poverty and the long term economic and social consequences of children’s engagement in education. Young children form a rallying point, and few issues are more capable of uniting people across cultural, professional, political, religious and financial divides than those relating to young children (Bernard van Leer, 2011). Starting Strong III (OECD, 2012) emphasises the importance of early years transitions as a focus for professional development. The workforce in Scotland is seen as central to achieving policy ambitions and the current proposal links strongly to a number of recommendations recently outlined in the Independent Review. In policy, research and practice arenas there is recognition of the importance of a positive start to school and policy and practice rhetoric around building effective approaches to transition. It is with this background that we consider Transitions as a Tool for Change.

Aims

Aims for the research, policy and practices events are :

* To look at the opportunities, expectations and aspirations of early educators and families at times of transition
* To understand children’s and young people’s learning journeys, attainment and learning outcomes and the contribution of positive transitions
* To consider children’s entitlements at times of transition
* To analyse early educators beliefs and practices around transitions and the contributions they make to children’s transition experiences
* To interrogate the extent to which early years transitions and later school transitions provide new opportunities for family engagement in education.
* To work with the Early Years Collaborative, particularly on the Transitions & Continuity Theme
* To ensure dissemination and impact

Our speakers will include:
– Professor Iram Siraj “Learners’ life-course trajectories over time” (Professor of Education, Department of Learning & Leadership. UCL Institute of Education University College London).

– Dr Hronn Palmadottir “Communities in play: Young children’s perspectives on relationships, values and roles in their play” (University of Iceland)

Don’t miss out.

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