Wellbeing Space

Wellbeing Space

10:30 - 10:50The power of de-escalation and positive supports in a school learning culture

It is important to understand that all behaviour is communication, and we have a responsibility as professionals to value and give time to interpreting whales being communicated. This, alongside levels of self awareness and being emotionally available adults, allows us to create the best support for class groups and individuals. Woven into all this Is a toolkit of de escalation, both verbal and non verbal skills, which facilitate a positive school learning culture.

Language : English

Topic : Higher Education / Vocational

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11:00 - 11:20Improving Wellbeing in Primary Education through Curriculum and Coaching

Ashley will share offerings from the Free Spirit Collective which aim to improve wellbeing in education provision.

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:
  • Ashley Green | Wellbeing Coach | The Free Spirit Collective

11:30 - 11:50Dance, Health and Wellbeing

Presentation and discussion of importance of dance, health and wellbeing. How dance is inclusive to everyone, while encouraging self-confidence, discipline and respect of the performing arts. Physical fitness is something every child and young adult needs. Teaching students to love being active produces benefits that last a lifetime, including stronger muscles and bones, increased coordination, flexibility, strength, balance, and better posture. Memorising choreography and executing complex movements is an excellent exercise for the brain. Dance also teaches skills that help in many aspects of life including: increased focus, greater ability to listen to and follow directions, practice overcoming challenges, and greater ability to express emotion. Dance also helps develop rhythm, coordination and music appreciation. To strengthen self-esteem while helping creativity and expression, fostering a can-do attitude in everyone.

Language : English

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

Speaker:
  • Claire Firth | Passion2Dance Academy, Principle and Business Owner | Passion2Dance

12:00 - 12:20People with Autism do need Friends

Tips and Strategies to develop a school's support for learners with autism.

Language : English

Topic : SEN / Gifted & Talented

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12:30 - 12:50Transforming Education Through Happiness

An interactive talk highlighting the importance of happiness and wellbeing as the driving force towards transforming education to meet the demands of a changing world. What is happiness, why is it so important and how can we incorporate it into our schools and universities? The talk will be tailored specifically to GESS and will address these questions and more, leaving the audience both thoughtful and inspired. Without a doubt, there is a positive association between happier students, parents and staff and increased motivation, effective teaching, academic achievement and an all-round empowering and supportive environment. With the last couple of years seeing a global pandemic and a rise in mental health issues, there isn't a better time to start prioritizing happiness and wellbeing both within our educational systems and beyond!

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:
  • Rania Badreldin | Happiness Consultant, Transformational Speaker and Writer, Seasoned Social Entrepreneur, NLP and Hypnosis Master Practitioner | The Family Hub

13:00 - 13:20The cognitive neuroscience

The workshop aims to educate participants about the importance of cognitive neuroscience and how to use it in the learning and teaching processes. as well as exploring the most important results of cognitive neuroscience studies, which is positively reflected in students' success

 

The workshop discovers the nature of the brain and how to build solid long-term learning.

Language : Arabic

Topic : Neuroscience

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13:30 - 13:50Fostering a Culture of Wellbeing

The presentation will explain the 5 year wellbeing journey of TMS and how a culture of wellbeing is being embedded in the school through change management.

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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14:00 - 14:20How a coaching culture can transform your school/ECC

The presentation will revolve around three points:

- supporting leaders through coaching

- supporting teachers through coaching

- how children benefit from a coaching culture

- case study of coaching at Creative Nest Nursery

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

Speaker:
  • Zeena Assam | Managing Director/Coach | Creative Nest Nursery

14:30 - 14:50The Art of Being Brilliant

As change is consistently evolving, the role of educators, especially in the Middle East, takes on a new significance. It’s about helping make sense, joining the dots and finding footholds in the uncertainty. There’s even a new psychological contract in place as entire school communities' expectations have changed, with ‘flexibility’, ‘support’ and ‘trust’ taking the spotlight. Through focusing on the science of human flourishing and emotional intelligence, we will embark on a journey to ensure that you and your school are better equipped to feel refreshed, energised and ready to make the most of new opportunities as they arise.

 

Language : English

Topic : Motivation / Coaching

Speaker:
  • Sanj Sandhu | Happiness researcher, author & trainer | Art of Brilliance

15:00 - 15:20Using Equine assisted learning and therapy with neuropsychiatric disorders (ADHD, Autism, PTSD..etc)

The presentation will highlight the results achieved at Balance center in Jeddah-Saudi Arabia using Equine assisted therapy for children with neuropsychiatric disorders such as ADHD and Autism. A tried and tested, easy to follow, science-based well researched Equine Assisted Intervention that achieves social, behavioural, and academic goals through repatterning the brain, and calming the nervous system through nature and movement supervised by certified therapists and with the help of horses.

 

Language : English

Topic : SEN / Gifted & Talented

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15:30 - 15:50Creating a Coaching Culture in your Early Years Setting to Support Your Early Years Practitioners

When a child starts school, it is the early years practitioner that the parent must trust to look after their child. Practitioners need to form a close bond with every child and make them feel safe and secure in the school environment. To be a successful early year’s practitioner not only do you need to know about pedagogy and how young children learn but you need to be very empathetic, emotionally intelligent, reflective and open yourself up to vulnerability. Whilst the role of an early year’s teacher is extremely rewarding it can also be exhausting as you educate children how to learn, teach them life skills as well as knowledge. Everyday practitioners continue to nurture not just the children in their class but also their parents and each other. In this session I will explore with you how you can very simply create a coaching culture in your school, by taking you through a few simple steps and ideas to enable you to continue to have a successful and happy school.

 

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

Speaker:
  • Caz Jude | Head of Early Childhood | The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls

16:00 - 16:20Successful pathways from inclusive education to inclusive employment

The presentation seeks to elucidate ideas related to identifying & overcoming the barriers PwD face within the education to employment pipeline. The specific questions addressed are: What roles can students, educators, employers, policymakers, and other key stakeholders serve to distribute the responsibility of developing and maintaining successful education for employment pathways using a user-centric approach? What are promising practices that can occur at multiple developmental levels concerning disability that contribute to the success of people with disabilities in employment? What solutions can leapfrog from the lived experiences of people with disabilities - to increase the success of people with disabilities in careers? The creation of holistic transition solutions, including real-world training as part of education, and distributing the responsibility across stakeholders will increase employment opportunities and longer retention for people with disabilities.

 

Language : English

Topic : SEN / Gifted & Talented

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16:30 - 16:50The parent and school partnership is paramount in building confidence to secure motivation for youth in learning

Confidence in youth globally is at one of the lowest levels in recent history. Institutions of higher learning are seeing enrollment numbers dwindle significantly as many youth battle with either a lack of motivation or a fear of jumping into studies before they are sure of where it will take them. Globally the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the the issue. Across the world, professionals have been reporting increased stress and pressures on youth that have culminated in lack of confidence, stress, and in some cases symptoms similar to PTSD. The increased complexity has now made it ever more important that schools and parents align and work together to support students. In the talk, we will present research from global studies about eh current situation and provide suggestions to help both parents to think about the relationships with schools differently and how schools can reach out to leverage parental support in tackling the situation.

 

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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17:00Conference close

Language : English

10:30 - 10:50Music, Mindfulness and Wellbeing

A unique music programme drawing on musical cultures from all over the world, combined with techniques from Music Therapy and elements of Sound Therapy practice, that promote relaxation, mindfulness, and wellbeing and enable pupils to actively create their own mindful music to help relieve stress and improve wellbeing. Benefits include boosting the immune system, helping to release mood-enhancing endorphins, promoting greater levels of energy and enthusiasm, reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. All these things help learners and teachers alike become better prepared for the problems presented and grasp the opportunities in a post Covid world. During practical music-making sessions, teachers and pupils experience using music from a range of cultures around the world, that help students relax, become mindful and promote wellbeing. The music sessions are inclusive, accessible to all, non-religious, with no belief system required and do not require any previous musical experience.

 

Language : English

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

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11:00 - 11:40Well-being or Super-being?

Why, what and how should we support school leaders?

In this session, chaired by Dr Helen Wright, the panellists will consider how school leaders can best be supported to do their most amazing work. Areas covered will include:

·       What does a school leader actually do, and why do they need to be supported?

·       The power of personal and professional coaching for leaders

·       The future of school leadership

 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speakers:

11:50 - 12:10Exceptional Children

Evidence-based special education-related training to support staff who work with students with exceptionalities to create better opportunities to lead choice-filled lives.

 

Language : English

Topic : SEN / Gifted & Talented

Speaker:

12:20 - 12:40Social Media and Mental Wellbeing

This talk explores the available evidence in the debate about the role of social media on mental well being

 

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:

12:50 - 13:10A human flourishing approach to education: A school journey towards flourishing

Flourishing enhances education – when teachers and students flourish in their teaching and learning, in other words when they can develop their optimal potential and live well and when teaching and learning are meaningful to them, their relations will prosper and both the teaching and learning will have a higher quality. Schools can be impressive change agents if they enable children to flourish. This talk will attempt to share some of the approaches that one school has taken on the quest to enable children to achieve that.

 

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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13:20 - 13:40Wellbeing & Inclusion in the Early Years

There is no clear definition for Wellbeing, however an early attempt to define “Wellbeing” by Bradburn (1969) was by “studying the psychological reactions of people in their daily lives and how they cope with the daily difficulties”, as well as referring to the wellbeing as “happiness”.

But what is the importance of the “Wellbeing” in the Early years and what is the relation between the “Inclusion & Wellbeing”.

Join my talk about “Wellbeing & Inclusion in the Early Years” to discuss more about it.

 

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

Speaker:
  • May Zalat | Head of Education | Blossom Nurseries - Babilou Middle East

13:50 - 14:10Wellbeing strategy across a Family of Schools - intent and impact so far

The session will summarise the ways in which the Wellington College family of schools has developed a Wellbeing curriculum for all age groups which began with the pioneering initiative in the original 13 to 18 year old boarding school in the South East of England. As well as describing the implementation of approaches such as the Leuven Scales, PEEC and our home grown Chinese/English bilingual version, the talk will outline the key features for success plus what has had to be changed and still needs further development. An opportunity for any questions and further networking will also be available.

 

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

Speaker:
  • Fiona Carter | Director of Education | Wellington College International

14:20 - 14:40Alleviating Stress and Burnout in the Educational Workplace

Join Mark as he addresses stress in schools, something that is recognised by many staff globally. At the Free Spirit Collective, we are passionate about improving wellbeing provision for the whole community. Teacher wellbeing directly impacts student wellbeing, reduction of stress and the avoidance of burnout is paramount.

 

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:
  • Mark Samways | Director of Wellbeing | Free Spirit Collective

14:50 - 15:10Creating a 5 year Plan

One of the most important aspects of creating a successful future is having a well thought out plan. This workshop originally was designed for graduating students, but is now also used for faculty and parents as well. We work together to discuss the idea of a 5 year plan, identify some challenges and design a plan that will allow participants to feel direct ownership of their future.

 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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15:20 - 15:40Methane and global warming

The effects of carbon dioxide and methane are widely spread all over the world and their spread causes many health damages and air pollution. temperature, Antarctica is very vulnerable to melting in the coming years, and this is one of the biggest problems that the climate may face.  We can limit its spread by censoring fossil fuel companies so that there is no leakage and emissions of methane, it harm is greater than carbon dioxide, I have done extensive research on this harm caused by methane and found that methane is spreading as a result of human activities related to agriculture production and distribution of oil and gas, etc. Emissions are expected to continue to increase by 2030 if immediate action is not taken and a solution is found. We have to limit its emission to reduce respiratory diseases and those emitted by them, emitted from engines and hydrocarbon fumes due to the combustion of methane, which can be dangerous just to be inhaled by the body, on the other hand, inhaling

 

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

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15:50 - 16:10How Can you Turn Science into Real Fun In Your School?

I'm going to share some school practices that make science really fun for students and teachers. I will describe, in detail, all the events that we participated in such as: Earth Day, Habitat Day, World Water Day, Recycled Fashion Show, Collecting Bottle initiative and many more amazing in class and outdoor activities. It made a big difference for our science department and boosted students' attainment progress which was reflected on their international assessments.

 

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:
  • Maram Hamarsheh | Elementary Science Coordinator | Al Dhafra Private Schools

16:20 - 16:40Mental Health and Wellbeing - a whole school approach to empowering teachers

Staff well-being has never been more important. Having a healthy team is important to the entire education system, including the well-being and mental health of learners. It should be a central part of a more holistic school approach to mental health. This session offers ideas and strategies on how to implement practices to help improve staff well-being in schools.

Learning Outcomes:

 • The context within which staff stress or unhappiness may develop and how to address it

• Spotting signs of stress in staff

 • Practical ideas to implement in school

 

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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16:50 - 17:10In and Out: Contextual Music education

A look at how influences from outside the classroom are affecting the curriculum inside one. With student performances.

 

Language : English

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

Speaker:

17:15Conference close

Language : English

10:30 - 11:10Connecting UAE Schools and Early Childhood Centres to Nature: A Discussion

I would like to propose leading a panel discussion with educators from diverse settings which addresses the following questions:

 

- Introduction: an overview of how you are currently facilitating a connection to nature in your setting.

- What predictions do you have for COP28? How will this impact education?

- How has you setting overcome challenges to connecting your students to nature? What advice could you give to others?

- What strategies have you seen in other countries? How could the UAE continue to innovate in this area?

 

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

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11:50 - 12:10Accelerating social competence, resilience and learning for all students

Developing social competence and resilience in students and catching up and accelerating learning continue to be key concerns for stakeholders globally, as we emerge out of the pandemic. In this session, we present evidence-based best practices as well as pedagogical innovations and testimonials from educators about accelerating student well-being and learning. Participants will use a framework to adapt their own practices to accelerate student wellbeing and learning.

 

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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12:20 - 12:40The 8 key factors to consider when helping your students choose their future career path

This talk is for headteachers, assistant headteachers, principals, Heads of Sixth Form, Career Guidance Advisers and Counsellors, Form Tutors, PSHEE Teachers, and any member of staff, who works with students when they are choosing their subject options/ their third level course for their future career path. I will go through 8 key factors that you can share and discuss with students to help guide them at this important and often daunting time.

 

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:
  • Sorcha Coyle | Founder | Sorcha Coyle Empowering Expat Teachers

13:20 - 13:40Investigating Secondary School Teachers’ Intervention to Accommodate Students with Dyslexia in the Regular Classroom

The purpose of this study is to investigate what extinct secondary school teachers use effective intervention to accommodate students with dyslexia in the regular classroom and the challenges they could face. The study also offers insight into the obstacles secondary school students with dyslexia may confront and how the barriers can be resolved.

 

Language : English

Topic : SEN / Gifted & Talented

Speaker:
  • Ghada Elfar | SENDCo | Sharja American International school

13:50 - 14:10Why Aren't We Teaching Kids How to Thrive in the Creator Economy? Transforming Content Consumers into Curious Creators

Before social media started in the early 2000s, the job of a content creator was unheard of. But today, it is highly in-demand thanks to the massive migration of communication and entertainment, even school and work to the digital plane. We are indeed seeing the advent of the content economy or the creator economy. It is defined as the production, distribution, exchange, and consumption of digital content products and services. The Global Digital Content Creation Market size was estimated to be US$ 11 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach US$ 38.2 billion by 2030. This brings us to an important question; how do we turn our content-consuming kids into content creators? My talk will explore ways to innovate teaching and learning to focus on a broad range of creative skill-building pathways to train children and the youth to thrive in the world of creators. They say, CONTENT IS KING, but we must empower our kids to rule over it!

 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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14:20 - 14:40Using ABA Techniques in the Classroom

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is the use of techniques and principles derived from the study of behaviour to bring about meaningful and positive behavioural change. It can be used to teach an array of functional skills, including school related skills. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities often learn differently than their typically developing peers. Applied Behaviour Analysis techniques strive to address the mismatches between the learner and their environment. We will discuss how to practically implement and use the principles of ABA in the classroom setting to address the mismatches that may occur.

 

Language : English

Topic : SEN / Gifted & Talented

Speaker:
  • Carrie Green | Program Clinical Director | Maharat Learning Center

14:50 - 15:10Mind Masters: Mindfulness and wellbeing to support students to learn

Join Dominic from The Free Spirit Collective, Dubai based psychology and wellbeing centre as he shares the purpose of Mind Masters and Mind Mastery. Aimed at both primary and secondary learners, this informative session shares how mindfulness and wellbeing interventions can support those who need it when it comes to barriers to learning such as lack of motivation or the emotional impact of COVID restrictions on learning over the last two years.

 

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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15:45CONFERENCE CLOSED

Language : English