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The developing teenager in a new world - 6th June 2017

A one-day conference bringing together educationalists from both the state and independent sectors along with leading experts in the field of adolescent development. The world we live in today is ever changing; behaviour patterns, social technology and advancements in technology all have an impact on the personal development of our young people. This conference draws together a group of speakers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience, providing current research finding and their implications on the teenage years, as well as what can be done within the school setting to support the healthy development of our pupils.


9.00am: Registration & Coffee


9.30-10.30am Session 1: What are the challenges in adolescence?

Moderator: Adam Pettitt, Head, Highgate


  • Welcome – why do we need to know about our developing teenagers.

Mr Adam Pettitt, Head, Highgate 

  • Adolescent Development – what is it all about?

Dr Emma Silver, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, The Brandon Centre

  • Relationships in the teen years and their impact.

Dr Fiona Pienaar, Director of Clinical Services, Place2Be


10.30-11.00am: Coffee Break


11.00am-12.30pm Session 2: Developing adolescent identify

Moderator: Carly Mitchell, Principal, Oasis Academy South Bank


  • Sexuality – is it no longer binary?

Emma Curtis, Head of Education, Diversity Role Models

  • Gender – what schools need to be aware of

Dr Ashley Miller, Clinical Psychologist, Gender Identity Development Services

  • Body Image – it is not all about starvation and girls.

Dr Christian Jessen, Health Campaigner


12.30-1.30pm Lunch


1.30-3.00pm Session 3: Particular new age challenges

Moderator: Gregor Henderson, Public Health England / Place2Be


  • Party drugs and legal highs – what are they?

Mandy Saligari, Clinical Director of Charter Harley Street

  • Technology – a new addiction?

Dr Richard Graham, Nightingale Hospital, Technology Addiction Lead


Location: Highgate Junior School, 3 Bishopswood Road, London, N6 4PL
Date: 6th June 2017: Registration 9.00AM
Costs: Independent Sector £280 (this price includes one allocated place for a state school partner*, additional state sector tickets can be bought at £30 each). State Sector £30

*It is hoped that Independent School attendees will be accompanied by a colleague from a partner State School. If any Independent school would like to invite multiple State School partners this is possible at an additional cost of £30 per ticket.


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