Sharing expertise in children's mental health, gender identity and social media
The scheme aims to improve the learning and school experiences for young people in schools and colleges in areas including mental health, gender identity and the impact of social media.
The first research symposium involved Leeds Beckett academics presenting research and taking part in Q&As with the Youth Sport Trust’s (YST) Learning Academy, which includes tutors, athlete mentors, development coaches and team leaders.
Paul Ogilvie, Senior Consultant at the Carnegie School of Education, said: “The concept was not just to present the latest research but also to make sense of it on behalf of the practitioners.
“Each academic gave a snapshot of their research followed by the opportunity for delegates to ask questions.
“Research and evidence were presented in a manner that was easy to follow for teaching practitioners who work with young people every day in schools.
“The research symposium was hugely successful with many delegates searching for more information and requesting more time to listen and ask questions of the presenters at the next conference.”
Topics presented at the symposium included:
• The impact of social media use/misuse on staff and students within educational settings
• Considerations necessary to allow LGBTQ+ pupils a sense of belonging in PE and school
• PE curriculum design and its impact on mental health of school children
• Contemporary research on mental health, Physical Education and school sport
Among the Carnegie School of Education presenters were Professor Jonathan Glazzard, Kate Bancroft, Claire Birkenshaw and Colin Mitchell.
Emily Reynolds, Youth Sport Trust National Programmes Director, said: “Paul Ogilvie assembled an outstanding team of research experts from Leeds Beckett University to deliver some presentations on important and relevant topics to the practitioners and provide the opportunities for questions and feedback.
“With excellent feedback and the request for more, we have already planned phase two roll-out at three regional learning days taking place in Manchester, Leicester and Wokingham in January.
“We aim to enhance the delivery model, deepen the learning and impact and engage practitioners by putting research and concepts into practice to feedback to the research team.”