Royal Grammar School




ReTHINK16 - Pastoral Conference

Understanding and embedding self esteem at the heart of student care

Wednesday 28 September 2016

This year's ReTHINK Conference is aimed at helping schools to understand and develop a whole-school approach to self-esteem. Continuing the underlying principle of the annual RGS Mental Health Conference - that school need to be proactive in supporting the pastoral needs of their pupils - this conference aims to tackle the factor at the heart of so many of those issues: low self-esteem.

We are delighted that the government's former youth mental health champion and founder of The Self-Esteem Team, Natasha Devon MBE, will be opening the Conference and that Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer, author of Self-Esteem for Boys and Self-Esteem for Girls, will give a keynote speech on this issue, as well as run one of our popular afternoon workshops.

Workshops include:

  • The perils of perfectionism
  • Supporting young people to get better at failing
  • Practical strategies to help fear of failure
  • Working with primary school children to build self-esteem
  • School/Child/Parent - how to work together

This conference is aimed at anyone who has a responsibility for pastoral deputies, year heads, heads of houses and school nurses. With workshops aimed at children in both junior and senior schools and opportunities to talk with colleagues over lunch, it promises to be a thought-provoking day that will send you away with clear ideas on how to develop great practice in your school and to challenge colleagues to embed improved awareness in their classrooms.

Those of you who have attended any RGS conferences before will see that we have a mixture of popular returning speakers as well as some new approaches, so there is something for everyone. Do consider sending others from your school if you think it is appropriate. There is a discount for multiple bookings.

Download a draft conference programme and more information on how to book.