6th Form Conferences are a way of fulfilling RE provision requirements in 6th Form. These conferences give a chance to explore a subject in more depth and include input that might not be possible in normal lessons.
Sutton Schoolswork provides the following sixth form religious education conferences at the request of local secondary schools.
Body and Soul Conference
Over 2012-2013 this conference was held at Carshalton High School for Girls. Entitled Body and Soul, which looked closely at various influences on body image today, the pressures to conform, prejudice and judgement, and how to go about developing a healthy self-esteem looking at beliefs and faith and how they potentially shape self-esteem/identity.
The programme was put together to provide a challenging, inspiring and interactive time for the students who attended. Through group discussions, activities and creative workshops they explored the effects of the media, photoshop and the words that others speak over them on their self esteem and body image.
With such fabulous input, the students responded with real depth and enthusiasm during their workshops in art, dance, media and internet research into the male perspective. Their workshop presentations were an absolute highlight of the day and revealed just how much they had grappled with the tough issues and personally developed views on Body and Soul.
The positive comments from the evaluation forms the students filled in were hugely encouragingly and confirmed that this is an important topic for young people today!
“Everything was fabulous, please come back”
“I went away feeling real inner beauty”
“Today I learnt that we can love ourselves just the way we are”
“Everyone is beautiful and unique. We should have confidence in who we are”
“I can be whatever I want to be, I don’t need to change my looks to be successful”
“Thank you for teaching me so much about REAL beauty”
Human Trafficking Conference
In June 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 the conference that we have held at Carshalton High School for Girls explored the very challenging issue of human trafficking on both a local and global level.
The program provided a range of though-provoking, interactive and creative activities for the 100+ students who attended. The students heard from guest speakers and then presented their responses through art, drama, media, lobbying and dance workshops.
As a follow-up to the June 2014 conference, the sixth form students put together a lunchtime campaign for the entire school to raise money and awareness on the issues they’d learnt during the conference. The raised a fantastic £250 for Ella’s Home, to help support women who have been trafficked in the UK. Well done girls!
If you’re interested in knowing more or would like to book this conference for your school, please get in touch with Cat.
Cat is currently developing other 6th Form Conferences, if you have any ideas or would like to know more please do contact her.