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Challenging behaviour. Strengthening values – workshop

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Date(s) - 09/05/2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Brooklands College



AOSEC is delighted to offer two complimentary workshops which are linked by a common theme, how to build and nurture a culture where students feel safe and secure and staff feel valued and respected.

With the sharp rise in hate crime and misogynistic violence in the last two years, as well as the dramatic cuts to public services, the impact is significant.

Details of the two workshops and booking information can be found below.

Workshop 1
Behind the smile – Safe, sound and a sense of belonging
10:30am – 12:30pm (followed by a networking lunch)

Young people are increasingly subjected to aggressive bullying and violence from their peers – verbal, physical and digital assaults on who and what they are. More brutal behaviours become the norm. Often this is out of sight of staff. Boundaries are redrawn and cruel treatment excused as banter. Gradually the college can feel like the outside world rather than a safe retreat, particularly for the most vulnerable.

This workshop will cover:

  • How to better understand the student experience of bullying and harassment.
  • How to draw boundaries around banter and humour.
  • How to challenge banter and bigotry ‘live’ in class / tutorials.
  • How to use College structures and processes to create a safe space for everyone.

Workshop 2
Behind the words – Care, courage and a concern for consequences
1:00pm to 3:00pm (preceded by a networking lunch)

Constant changes in the sector and draconian cuts to budgets, often under the guise of ‘efficiency savings’, start to influence the culture of the workplace. How things are done, how staff are treated, gradually becomes less important than what they produce. The bottom-line reigns supreme at cost to the mental health and well-being of staff.

This workshop will cover:

  • How to achieve a consistent values-based management style across the college.
  • How to model decent, fair and thoughtful decision-making.
  • How to prioritize process as well as outcome and encourage collaboration, creativity and harness the benefits of diversity.
  • How to design and use structures and processes to make college values come alive.

Facilitator – Derek Hooper

Derek is a consultant, trainer and facilitator. He specialises in equality and diversity, inclusive design and organisational development, in particular, the application of values to management and ethical ways of working. He is a teacher and education manager by profession. He has 30 years consultancy experience in the public and private sectors, and with NGOs in UK and internationally.

He has been a consultant to 40 UK colleges and schools with current projects at City College Norwich and Activate Learning, Oxford and Reading. He is also currently working at the Design Council and with World Health Organisation too.

In 2016 – 17 he worked with on two DVDs for colleges:

  • ‘TransEqual’ – creating positive spaces for trans and non-binary staff and students.
  • ‘Safe, sound and a sense of belonging’ – challenging bullying, banter and bigotry.

He has also been advisor to the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment [CABE] promoting best practice on inclusive design of places + spaces, and a senior manager at Wandsworth Adult College, London.


Colleagues are welcome to attend one workshop or both at a reduced rate

Attend one workshop – £45.00pp

Attend both workshops – £80.00pp (Please note: the same colleague must attend both sessions to receive the reduction.


Bookings are closed for this event.