Dawn House Pupil Participation Conference 2015

‘Life after school’ was the theme around this year’s two day Pupil Participation Conference at I CAN’s Dawn House School.

Students from the Further Education department alongside parents, teachers and staff of I CAN, were treated to an entertaining and enlightening experience.

The entertainment came from the exceptional performances by Under the Headstocks Drama Group, who gave two presentations exposing the mental health challenges young people face and the difficulties teenagers have with communicating with their parents.

Adding to the entertainment was the outstanding Dawn House media department with a screening of Ghetto Kids – a short film produced by four students which was shortlisted in the summer for the 35th Cambridge Film Competition, where they came 4th from a selection of about 2000 entries.

Thought-provoking workshops completed the conference, with opportunities to ponder three key topics: Understanding depression in children and young people with speech, language and communication needs by Dr Todd Hinds, Understanding the Special Needs System by Jill McNally, the mother of a former Dawn House student ,and updates from Mary Hartshorne I CAN’s Director of Outcomes and Information and Rachel Black, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, about ongoing research on equipping young people with communication skills for the workplace and measuring work readiness.

Bringing the various elements of the conference together, Angela Child (Principle of Dawn House School) emphasised the importance of well being and how it leads to improved outcomes for those involved at Dawn House – a fitting culmination to what was an inspiring, enjoyable and memorable conference.