🌟 Celebrating a Day of Collaboration and Innovation at the Slough PSHEe Network Workshop 🌟
When we were asked to set up and run a PSHEe practitioner network in Slough, we were thrilled at the opportunity. Not only will it provide vital support and opportunities for practitioners to collaborate, but it will really enrich our own work in designing interventions that help young people safely navigate growing up and choosing their own better futures.
And what a day it was as we gathered on 11th October 2023 in the Chambers at Slough Borough Council for the inaugural Network Workshop! We spent an incredible afternoon with passionate educators, all dedicated to positively impacting the lives of young learners and all very eager and willing to trust us as we facilitated conversations using the Lego Serious Play methodology. The energy, ideas, and enthusiasm in the room were truly contagious. Here’s a glimpse into some of the discussions that made the day so special:
🚀 Innovation in Curriculum Design: We delved into curriculum design for personal, health, social and economic education, discussing some of the latest thinking and techniques, drawing from neuroscience and the psychological development of children. A discussion we will return to in future sessions.
🤝 Community of Practice: The workshop marked the genesis of a new community of practice to share knowledge, support each other and continue the conversations from our half-termly sessions. This space will be about recognising the challenges educators and learners face and working together to overcome them.
🤝 Bringing Together Different Areas of Public Life: The PSHEe Network workshop was a dynamic intersection of various professionals, including educators, youth practitioners, healthcare experts, and policymakers. It bridged what can sometimes be siloed areas of public life, fostering meaningful conversations about how best to support the complex needs of our young people. The diverse perspectives brought fresh insights and a holistic approach to our shared mission.
🧠 Inspiring Insights: Every participant brought unique perspectives and experiences to the session, and all were extremely generous in sharing their wisdom, support and enthusiasm for change. These insights were nothing short of inspiring, showing our community’s dedication to advancing PSHE education.
🌈 Lego Serious Play: We even added a touch of playfulness to the mix! Through Lego Serious Play, we jump-started meaningful conversations and had a blast doing it. Learning can be fun, and our activities showcased that beautifully.
📆 Future Events: This was simply the start of the journey. We’re working diligently to gather and analyse the feedback from the activities to provide the support practitioners told us they so desperately need.
🌐 Online Community: We heard participants’ calls and are thrilled to announce that an online community is in the works. It will provide a space where they can continue the conversation, share resources, and seek support from fellow PSHEe professionals.
To everyone who attended, thank you for your time, input, and commitment to our shared mission and we look forward to many more inspiring days of learning, collaboration, and innovation! The journey has just begun. 🌟📚🎓
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