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Each year, NAHHT Members, guests and specially invited speakers meet up to share their knowledge and experiences.

The 2009 Conference Report is below, together with links to all of the presentations, and any other documents or websites that we think might be of interest.  If you cannot find what you want, or if you can suggest any other information that might be of interest to our colleagues and friends, please contact The Secretary.

2009 Conference
Back on Track: Stay on Track
Taking the opportunities and rising to the challenges

NAHHT 2009 conference delegates

This year’s conference was held in Bristol in the South West of the country.  Disappointingly, we had fewer delegates than previous years but knew that some people found the travelling too much, some were at the PRU conference and some had budget restrictions placed on their training.  However, the evaluations show overwhelmingly how much the conference is valued not only as a training opportunity, but also as a chance to network with other colleagues doing the same job.

We have received some very encouraging feedback from our delegates, together with many ideas for our next conference.  Please take a look at the Comments, and if you have any ideas for topics to be included next year, please let The Secretary know.

The conference opened with Dr Esther Crawley, who gave us an inspiring talk on her work and research with children and young people with CFS/ME.  Lots of sound practical advice with some new ideas to take home and use made this one of the most highly rated keynote speakers from recent years.  Esther has kindly agreed to us having her presentation.
It is a large document, therefore it is split into two sections:
CFS Presnetation Part 1
CFS Presentation Part 2

NAHHT 2009 conference presenterSusan Morris King is one of our link HMI and she spoke on ‘Back on track – stay on track.  Taking the opportunities and rising to the challenges’.
She updated us on the expectations and vision for the 21st Century school and from the Back on Track document and challenged us to rise to the new legislation within our settings.  For some, it was affirmation that we are on the right track, and for others, something to go back and put into their improvement plans!
Link to Susan’s Power Point

After lunch, delegates had a choice of 6 workshops: Cognitive behavioural therapy, eating disorders, pastoral care for pupils with cancer, science without a lab, manager's discussion forum, community cohesion discussion, anxiety and autistic spectrum disorder.

Pastoral care for pupils with cancer
This workshop was run by Bette Peterson-Broyd who is the Lead Teacher of Hospital Education in Sutton for The Royal Marsden Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital at St Helier. As well as teaching on the wards and providing outreach support to schools, Bette has been working as principal researcher on studies into how best to support the education of young patients treated for brain tumours or cancers.
She outlined the principles of good practice around working with children and young people with cancer and how to encourage schools to better support their return to education. 
She has recently published the excellent booklet ‘Pupils with Cancer – A Guide for Teachers’ which can be downloaded at www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk/teachersguide

Science without a lab
This workshop was run by Keith Gibbs who was a physics teacher in school for many years.  He was inspired to start his website www.schoolphysics.co.uk when confronted by a young person who told him that all physics was boring, so this is his way of proving its not!  If his workshop is anything to go by, it certainly is not!
Keith showed us a variety of experiments that could be carried our using everyday materials but which proved with spectacular effect the principles of physics.
From his website, you can access his physics animations examples and purchase a CD rom of 100 animations covering a wide range of topics for 11-19 year olds explaining the physics principles.  He also produces a book called ‘The resourceful Physics Teacher’ with accompanying CD rom.  Keith did say that he would offer a discount to people from NAHHT ….. certainly worth a discussion with him.
Why not contact him for more details at keithagibbs@schoolphysics.co.uk

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is an approach to help people experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties.  The basis of CBT is that what people think affects how they feel emotionally and also alters what they do. During times of mental distress, the way the person sees and judges themselves and the things that happen to them alters.  Things tend to become more extreme and unhelpful.  This can worsen how the person feels and causes them to act in ways that keeps their distress going.
This workshop outlined the principles behind CBT and how it can be used to support young people with mental health difficulties.
Link to CBT Power Point

... and sometimes we have to say Thank You and Goodbye
Well, perhaps not goodbye, but certainly a big Thank You!

Chris Seymour, our Chair for many years steps down, to be replaced by our current vice chair, Bev Durham from Woodsend Centre PRU in Manchester

NAHHT 2009 Conference - Chris Seymour, Chair for many years steps down, to be replaced by Bev Durham
NAHHT 2009 conference - pay attention Cath

... and despite all of the celebrations, the Secretary just keeps working away!

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