5. Thursday 28 June: Health and Wellbeing and Neuroscience 

Day session: 8.30am-4.20pm
Twilight session: 4.40-6pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham, OL1 1QJ

8.30am-9am - Conference registration

9am-9.20am - Music welcome from ‘Funky Folk’ and ‘Saxation’

9.20-9.30am - Welcome - Andrew Sutherland, Director Education and Early Years Oldham Council

9.30-11.00am - Dr Andrew Curran, Paediatric Neurologist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital specialising in child development in neuroscience

"Inspirational breath of fresh air! Not the same old stuff!" When you get to hear Andrew speak, you will not only remember it forever but you will also ask yourself why an understanding of the neurobiology of living, loving and learning isn’t on the syllabus for all teacher training.

A practicing paediatric neurologist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and an Independent Thinking favourite for many years, Andrew makes the complicated workings of the learning brain not simple but understandable. Andrew presents in a way that everyone can use what they have learned to improve what goes on in school.

Come and find out the workings of the brain – perhaps you’ll learn something new! 

11.30am-12.15pm - Deborah Page: Principal Educational Psychologist / Head of Service Derbyshire County Council

Deborah Page is a Principal Educational Psychologist for Derbyshire County Council and has worked in the sector for twenty years. Deborah has co-written a training programme on behalf of Health Education England on Leading Mentally Healthy Schools and she considers staff wellbeing to be central to this. In recent years, Derbyshire Educational Psychology Service carried out a significant piece of research into school exclusions, comparing high and low excluding schools and found highly significant difference between the two groups.

Listen to Deborah as she presents the key findings from Derbyshire Educational Psychology Service's research and take some ideas away for yourself.

1.15-2.30pm - Peter Kinderman: Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool, Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Mersey Care NHS Trust and Tom Billington: Professor of Educational and Child Psychology, Director of Educational Psychology, School of Education, University of Sheffield

Peter Kinderman passions and interests are in psychological processes underpinning wellbeing and mental health. His most recent book, ‘A Prescription for Psychiatry’, presents his vision for the future of mental health services. Peter points out that people are being harmed by our current approach and that we need change, not only in how we understand mental health problems, but also in how we design and commission mental health services.

Tom Billington is both a registered academic and a practitioner psychologist. Tom has written two books – ‘Separating, Losing and Excluding Children’ and ‘Working with Children: Assessment, Representation and Intervention’.

Tom has spoken at conferences throughout the world has taught and supervised research on post-graduate programmes in child development in different cultural contexts. 

His funded research includes young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health, attentional and behavioural issues and school exclusion in ethnic minority communities.

Come and listen to Peter and Tom and take in a different view on mental health and wellbeing.

2.50-4pm - Dr Andrew Curran, Paediatric Neurologist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital specialising in child development in neuroscience

4-4.20pm - Plenary discussion

Tickets for this event are free. Book ticket/s for an individual speaker, or for the full day, here.

4.40-6pm - Peter Kinderman: Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool, Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Mersey Care NHS Trust and Tom Billington: Professor of Educational and Child Psychology, Director of Educational Psychology, School of Education, University of Sheffield - Twilight session

Tickets for this event are free. Book your ticket/s here.