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Teachers' Conference

LEAPS Teachers' Conference

Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018
Time: 9.30am - 1pm (optional afternoon sessions also available)
Location: Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Who is this event for?

This event is for LEAPS Link Teachers and school guidance colleagues.

What is the focus of the event?

The focus of the LEAPS Teachers' Conference will be on how we can support LEAPS-eligible students who are considering Higher Education as a post-school option. The full programme can be seen below, but sessions will include information on university admissions as well as updates on LEAPS activities. There will also be an opportunity to network over coffee and lunch.

Where is this event taking place?

The LEAPS Teachers' Conference is taking place at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. You can find directions to the university, along with public transport options and advice, here.
If you would like to drive to the event, parking will be freely available at the university.

How do I book?

Please complete the online booking form below to book your place at this event.

LEAPS Teachers' Conference Programme

9.30 Welcome and update from LEAPS
10.15 Plenary session from HELOA Scotland on the landscape and challenges currently facing Scottish universities. 
10.45 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 11.50 Please choose one workshop to attend from the below options:
1. Support for UCAS applicants with disabilities and additional support needs
This workshop will outline what support is typically available to students as they move on to Higher Education and then engage participants to map what's on offer along with what will have been available to students while at school.
We will spot similarities and differences, and look at ways to smooth disabled students' transition.
Delivered by Joanathan Staal, Inclusion Services Manager, Edinburgh Napier University
2. Care Experienced Students
The amazing young people of East Lothian’s Care Experienced Champions Board invite you to join them for this powerful and insightful workshop aimed at raising awareness of the educational challenges faced by Care Experienced young people. The workshop will feature input from the young people themselves, and showcase two short films the Champions made with the help of Graham Drysdale from Queen Margaret University, which touch on issues relating to Education and Housing, and how these issues affect Care Experienced young people. The session will also feature an overview of the hard work and successes the Champions Board has put in and achieved since this inspiring group of young people became active campaigners influencing change for Care Experienced young people in East Lothian and throughout Scotland.
Delivered by Karen Cullen, Pre-Entry Guidance and Transition Adviser, Queen Margaret University and the East Lothian Champions.
3. UCAS References and how best to use your HEC (Higher Education Exhibition)
Full workshop description to follow.
Delivered by Ali Clark, UK and Europe Student Recruitment Manager, University of Dundee and HELOA Scotland Chair
4. Careers in STEM
Full workshop description to follow.
Delivered by Matt Vickers, Careers Consultant (Engineering & Maths), University of Edinburgh
11.50 - 12.50 'Speed Dating' with the LEAPS Partner Universities
You will have ten minutes in a room with each of the LEAPS partner universities. You can ask all your questions and they will let you know their latest updates.
(You don't have to choose your preferred date at the end!)

Ali Clark from HELOA will also be available at this time for any teachers who feel they are up to date with LEAPS partner universities, but would like to speak generally about Scottish universities.

13.00 Lunch and the official end of the conference
If you need to get back to school, you are welcome to leave at this point.
If you would like to stay, there are optional sessions in the afternoon - please see below.
13.15 or 13.45
(flexible end time)
Queen Margaret University Broken Bodies Session
This is a session that Queen Margaret University offer you school groups. Each group follows a 'patient' around three of their healthcare professions to see how each profession would deal with a particular problem.
For example, a stroke patient would see Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Radiography, and the group would see how the patient was treated by each area.

One full rotation will take an hour, and you can leave when you want.

NB: If you are prepared to grab a quick lunch, there is a school visit starting at 13.15 which you can join so that you can see the whole thing. Alternatively, have a more leisurely lunch and join in at 13.45 from wherever the group is up to.

13.45 - 14.35 Workshops will run again
Your opportunity to choose a different workshop to the one you took part in earlier in the day.
(Please indicate this on the booking form below, so we can advise the workshop leaders.)

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