More than 50 teachers from primary and secondary schools across the Isle of Wight met recently to find out about how to support personal development, behaviour and welfare within their schools, at Westridge Community Learning Centre.
The aim of the event, organised jointly by the council’s public health team and the Learning and Development Service, was to present a range of innovative and practical resources to assist teachers in addressing the personal development, behaviour and welfare of their pupils in line with the new OFSTED recommendations. The day provided a wide range of opportunities for teachers to discover new, evidence based and practical approaches to integrate the health and wellbeing agenda as part of their daily practice.
Cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr Jonathan Bacon said: “I’m incredibly proud of the teachers and public health professionals who have been involved in this conference and I’m sure it has been very useful in helping Island teachers better support their pupils and has promoted the positive benefits of personal development, behaviour and welfare on educational attainment.”
The event organiser Gilles Bergeron, Isle of Wight council senior public health practitioner, added: “It was great to see teachers from the Island’s schools coming together to learn more and share ideas around personal development, behaviour and welfare. We hope that this event supported local teachers to look in a different way how they approach these topics with students once they are back in the classroom.”
Delegates attended talks from keynote speakers such as Eleanor Bell, Public Health Principal at Isle of Wight council and Susan Koffler-Sluijter, Local Specialist for the South East , Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network at Public Health England.
The teachers participated in a variety of workshops covering topics such as substance misuse, sexual health, human rights approach to well-being, gender identity, mental health and physical activities.