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Festival of educational psychology: our headliners

On Friday 30th September we host our first ever festival of educational psychology. We have three fantastic headliners at the festival, and we thought you’d like to meet them and hear about their talks.

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Professor Joe Elliot

The dyslexia debate

9.45 – 10.30am

This presentation will outline the problematics of the term dyslexia. There are a number of reasons why scientific understandings are often confused and occasionally misrepresented by researchers, practitioners/clinicians and lay public. Not only is the diagnosis scientifically problematic, there is also a misplaced belief that, in line with the medical model, a diagnosis of dyslexia will point to appropriate forms of intervention that would otherwise fail to be identified.

The presentation will conclude by stating that it is now time to dispense with the term dyslexia. An alternative way of conceptualising reading difficulties that can address many of the above problems, will be proposed in its place. 

Dr Anna Carlile

Schools, a Buddhist Centre, and a Ballet Class: trans and non-binary young people in statutory and extracurricular environments

1.20 – 2.05pm

Drawing on interviews with young people and their parents, this talk outlines some issues in trans and non-binary young people’s school experiences, and then focuses on community and extra-curricular activities delivered by faith groups, sports, youth organisations, clubs and classes as a source of support for TNB youth in England, UK.

The analysis is rooted in an understanding of institutional structures as having the potential to function, or fail to function, as a productive space within which to offer participation and inclusion as a goal of equality and social justice – involving both the dignity of recognition, and the benefits of equal access to social and public life.

I also consider participation in social networks beyond immediate family to be key to forming and maintaining relational identities and to the development of self-worth and inclusion.

In looking outside mainstream spaces such as schools, I evidence, amongst some exclusionary practice, a wider support base for TNB youth than suggested within the negative narratives nurtured by some mainstream and social media contexts.

I point in this paper towards the need for those who support TNB youth to more consistently consider the potential for faith and community groups and extra-curricular activity providers in participating in networks of support.

Dr Sue Peters

Long Covid Kids

3.00 – 3.45pm

The numbers of children and young people living with ongoing and debilitating symptoms of Long Covid are increasing.

This session will present the most up to date statistics on the prevalence figures in children and introduce you to the range of symptoms they can present with.

Using the voices of children and young people living with Long Covid, the session will provide an insight into how children and young people describe Long Covid and what they would like their educators to know.

We will discuss the implications for access to education, inclusion, wellbeing and the wider implications for educational psychologists and other education professionals.

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