YST Conference 2024

Change the score, change their future

Awards Dinner - Tuesday 19 March
Conference - Wednesday 20 March
Telford International Centre

Agenda

09.30 - 10.45 - Morning Keynote

Ken E. Nwadike Jr

Ken is a peace activist, motivational speaker, and video journalist known as the Free Hugs Guy online. He is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which produces motivational videos to spread love, inspire change, and raise awareness of social issues. His ‘Free Hugs’ videos have reached hundreds of millions of views on Facebook and YouTube.

In 2014, Nwadike launched the Free Hugs Project to spread love in response to the bombing of the Boston Marathon. The Free Hugs Project gained popularity in 2016, as he made major news headlines for his peace-keeping efforts and de-escalating violence during protests, riots, and political rallies.

He was featured in Google’s 2016 'Year in Search' video as a highlight of some of the year’s most defining moments. He has made many appearances on news programmes and radio broadcasts worldwide, including CNN, USA Today, Good Morning Britain, and BBC News. He has spoken at hundreds of Colleges and Universities and is a favourite at high-schools and corporations.

Ken E. Nwadike Jr

11.15 - 12.05 - Session 1 (choose one)

  • Workshop 1 - Empowering Learners: Bridging gaps in physical development

Explore the vital link between movement and learning outcomes as a tool for primary and secondary transition. Uncover evidence-based practices for enhancing this vital time in young people’s life, featuring tools like Healthy Movers and Movement for Sport toolkit.

  • Workshop 2 - The purpose of play

Practitioners will share their insights of the impact play and movement has on cognition, behaviour and attainment in Early Years and KS1. We invite you to explore the implications for the primary PE curriculum and take away practical resources and top tips.

  • Workshop 3 - Empowering PE: Clear Strategies for Supporting Students with SEND

Gain first-hand insights from primary and secondary school practitioners on successful strategies, practical tools and advice to support SEND student's needs, both in and through physical education. 

  • Workshop 4 - Improving attendance: a practical guide to supporting anxiety and improving mental health

This session explores a preventative approach to supporting the mental health needs of all young people. This session will draw out the principles and practice of improving mental health and school engagement through sport and physical activity.

  • Big Debate 1 - Is building belonging the key to a successful school? 

This panel debate will explore the critical link between belonging and positive school outcomes including attendance, behaviour, and motivation and the correlation between belonging and socio-economic status.

The panel will discuss the unparalleled role of sports in fostering belonging, exploring how Physical Education and School Sports can be potent catalysts for connecting young minds to the culture of their school. 

  • Exhibition

The Youth Sport Trust Exhibition will showcase a wide range of PE, school sport, and wellbeing organisations, providing delegates with excellent networking opportunities and the chance to explore high-quality solutions for schools and educational settings.

Featuring over 70 stands, and a range of active demonstrations, the exhibition will provide an opportunity to engage directly with staff from the Youth Sport Trust on a wide range of topics. For those looking for a session packed with choice, this is the option for you. 

12.15 - 13.05 - Session 2 (choose one)

  • Workshop 5 - How a physical literacy-informed approach to PE can impact whole school outcomes 

CASE STUDY: Cabot Learning Federation MAT strategic lead James Mooney shares the process they have undertaken, to develop a PE curriculum and whole Trust ethos rooted in the principles of physical literacy. The workshop will discuss the impact it is having on their pupils across primary and secondary phases of education, both within PE and beyond.

  • Workshop 6 - Bolt-on or built-in? Addressing challenging behaviour through extracurricular sport 

This session will delve into the transformative power of a holistic approach to extracurricular sports in schools. This panel discussion will focus on how such an approach not only boosts physical activity, but also positively influences student behaviour. Explore Berwick Academy's innovative strategies to increase club attendance and engagement with creative methods, including Virtual Reality experiences, glow sports, and dance raves for girls.

  • Workshop 7 - Empowering Voices: Transforming school behaviour through youth agency

This session will explore the impact of leveraging youth voice and leadership in PE and sport as powerful tools to improve behaviour. This session will delve into practical strategies for creating a sense of agency by creating an environment where every voice matters.

  • Workshop 8 - Get Active:  Mapping barriers and motivations for a more active lifestyle

We know that PE, sport, and physical activity have the ability to create change. However, we all have barriers, roadblocks and headaches that stop us from becoming an active nation.  

This workshop identifies these roadblocks and describes how any organisation can craft a customer journey with enriching experiences, smooth pathways, and ‘wow moments’ to get more children more active. 

Attending the workshop will provide you with practical resources, templates, and game-changing strategies to embed customer journey thinking into your organisation. 

  • Big Debate 2 - Future of Education – What is the purpose of education in the digital age? 

This panel debate will explore the impact of the digital age on young people, assessing the threats and opportunities that the digital age presents to young minds. 

The panel will debate how education can best support young people to shift from survive to thrive, and what needs to change to ensure they are equipped and prepared to lead happy and healthy lives.

  • Exhibition

The Youth Sport Trust Exhibition will showcase a wide range of PE, school sport, and wellbeing organisations, providing delegates with excellent networking opportunities and the chance to explore high-quality solutions for schools and educational settings.

Featuring over 70 stands, and a range of active demonstrations, the exhibition will provide an opportunity to engage directly with staff from the Youth Sport Trust on a wide range of topics. For those looking for a session packed with choice, this is the option for you. 

Agenda

14.25 - 15.25 - Afternoon Keynote

Jon Alexander

Jon is author of CITIZENS: Why the Key to Fixing Everything is All of Us, and co-founder of the New Citizenship Project, a book and company that work to shift the dominant story of the individual in society from Consumer to Citizen. Among other plaudits, CITIZENS was recently listed by McKinsey as one of its Top 5 Recommended Books in its Summer Reading Guide 2022, described as "an underground hit" in the Financial Times, and selected by the World Economic Forum for its CEO Book Club. Jon began his career with a decade in the advertising industry, winning the prestigious Big Creative Idea of the Year, before making a dramatic change. Driven by a deep need to understand the impact on society of 3,000 commercial messages a day, he gathered three Masters degrees, exploring Consumerism and its alternatives from every angle. In 2014, he co-founded the New Citizenship Project to bring the resulting ideas into contact with reality. In CITIZENS, he is ready to share them with the world.

Jon Alexander promo photo

15.35 - 16.25 - Session 3 (choose one)

  • Workshop 9 - Getting it right for girls - how a meaningful offer for girls makes a difference beyond the PE department

The evidenced decline of girls’ overall happiness levels is a whole-school concern.  With girls’ enjoyment in PE also in decline, how do we create the right environment in PE that supports girls to thrive in all aspects of their school and wider lives?  This panel discusses the challenges and pressures for girls, and the crucial role PE can play in driving positive change.

  • Workshop 10 - Beyond the Buzz: The power of a 'trauma-Informed approach' in improving behaviour and attendance

There is increasing evidence to show the lasting impact of the pandemic and cost of living crisis on anxiety and emotional regulation. 

So what does a ‘trauma-informed approach’ mean, and what are the implications for best practice in PE and sport? 

  • Workshop 11 - Set them up for success: Leveraging sport and leadership interventions to impact whole school improvement for pupils most in need

This session will outline a set of principles for using sport and leadership interventions to raise aspirations, improve behaviour and wellbeing, as well as develop employability skills in young people. 

Developed leveraging learning from some of our key interventions, including The Wimbledon Foundation and Barclays Set for Success programme, the session will provide examples of practice to support struggling students with an opportunity to share their voice and empower them to drive their own change. 

  • Big Debate 3 - Is movement critical for human flourishing?

Movement is critical to all forms of human development. In a rapidly changing world that is allowing us to become increasingly sedentary our panel discuss what effects this could have on human flourishing? 

  • Exhibition

The Youth Sport Trust Exhibition will showcase a wide range of PE, school sport, and well-being organisations, providing delegates with excellent networking opportunities and the chance to explore high-quality solutions for schools and educational settings.

Featuring over 70 stands, and a range of active demonstrations, the exhibition will provide an opportunity to engage directly with staff from the Youth Sport Trust on a wide range of topics. For those looking for a session packed with choice, this is the option for you. 

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