Final Conference - Achieving positive outcomes for young people in our changing world

Friday 19th May 2017, Campus Blåsenhus Uppsala University

This Conference will disseminate key findings from a three year International project within Erasmus+. A strategic partnership has been seeking ways to address problems of Drop Outs and Early School leaving by improving student engagement and motivation.

The expert led topics covered at this full day Conference will include:

  • A European perspective on Drop Outs and Early School leaving
  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Increasing learner motivation
  • Exemplar Case Studies from the three partner organisations

Aims and Objectives

  • To explore strategies and themes that can enhance young people’s experiences in educational settings
  • To share examples of good practice in Social, Linguistic and Cultural Inclusion.
  • To enable Policy Makers, Professionals in Education and key influencers to reflect upon current practice and consider how successful strategies can be transferred to a range of context

The Conference will be of interest to professionals in education and a wide range of stakeholders, particularly Policy makers and Senior Leaders seeking to secure improved outcomes for young people. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required due the limited places available.


Last date for registration: 10th May

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Friday 19th May 2017, Campus Blåsenhus, Uppsala

08.30 – 09.00 Registrations and refreshments

09.15 – 10.00 Welcome, introductory remarks and project film

10.00 – 10.30 Education for Equity – Social, Linguistic and Cultural Inclusion (Alma Mason, Alt Valley Community Trust)

10.45 – 12.00 The Art of the Possible – Successful strategies to reduce dropouts and include young people (first session)

New Vocational Pedagogy (Gill Mason & Lesley Baugh, Alt Valley Community Trust)

This seminar will present a Case Study of how AVCT created a Pedagogy of Vocational Training for young people who were not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). Outcomes exceeded expectations and The Department for Education recognises the model as an example of good practice in meeting the needs of vulnerable groups.

Berlin Job Routes (Khalid Sharif, BildungWerk in Kreuzberg)

This workshop will present the pilot project “Berlin Job Routes (Berliner Berufsrouten)” that is realised by the BildungsWerk in Kreuzberg since April 2015. Berlin Job Routes is an innovative method to provide vocational guidance for young people and to help companies to find suitable apprentices. Participants of the workshop learn how Berlin Job Routes connects vocational guidance to the everyday reality of young people, how young people are mobilised to explore their neighbourhood from the perspective of vocational training, work life and live-long learning and how the concept is linked to the needs of local training companies.

The relevance of social-cultural codes for social, linquistic and cultural inclusion of migrant students (Marita Gareis, Uppsala University & Babiker El-Obeid, Celciusskolan)

During the workshop we will discuss how an awareness and understanding of social codes help students and teachers promoting and enabling inclusion in and outside school. We present two different methods to help with student inclusion in a new situation:

  • Using school as a resource to learn about society
  • Guidance in mother tongue – a manual for learning social codes

The discussion will be based on a study of social codes and their impact on newly arrived students in Sweden.

12.00 – 13.00     Lunch

13.00 – 14.15     The Art of the Possible – Successful strategies to reduce dropouts                             and include young people (second session)

14.30 – 15.00     Parallel table talks

1. Health issues among young migrants and the relation to schooling and learning

Research on the relation between pupils’ possibilities to succeed in school and their health is rare. In the Swedish case, this has become a significant question in relation to all the newly arrived asylum seekers who are now becoming part of the school system.

Moderator: Hans Nytell, Uppsala University

2. How can multilingual study guidance enhance young people's experiences in educational settings?

Moderator: Simeon Oxley, Uppsala University

3. Effective partnerships – What role can non-educational partners play in                                 supporting young peoples’ achievement?

Moderator: Danielle Forman, Alt Valley Community Trust

4. Positive climate for learning – Can professionals in education agree about what contributes to the creation of an inclusive classroom culture?

Moderator: Alma Mason, Alt Valley Community Trust

5. Supporting enterprises in the training of disadvantaged young people. New challenges of social pedagogical work in the support of disadvantaged young people during vocational training.

Moderator: Jürgen Draheim, BildungsWerk in Kreuzberg

6. Intercultural Competence Training: Which concepts and methods are relevant for developing intercultural competences that are important in education?

Moderator: Khalid Sharif, BildungsWerk in Kreuzberg

15.15-16.00 Inclusion and Democracy - Every person matters

Keynote: Gunilla Lindqvist, Associate Professor in Education (Uppsala University)

16.00           Summary of the day and mingle