Virtual School autumn conference information and agenda

Surrey Virtual School (SVS) are pleased to present our Autumn Term Conference

Language, labels and love in the care-experienced narrative on Friday 15 October 2021

This virtual event is open to all education and social care professionals working with care experienced children and young people.

Programme agenda:

  • 9.30am: Welcome from Councillor Clare Curran, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Councillor Denise Turner Stewart, Cabinet Member for Education and Learning and Tina Benjamin, Director for Corporate Parenting.
  • 9.45am: Housekeeping, 'Netiquette' and Conference Agenda (Anwen Foy Virtual School Headteacher)
  • 10am: Surrey Virtual School Animated Film, the journey so far.
  • 10.20am: Break
  • 10.30am: 'Language, labels and love in the care-experienced narrative' Kirsty Capes.
  • 11.15am: Question and answer session with Kirsty Capes
  • 11.30am: Surrey's User Voice and Participation (UVP) Team introduce ATLAS and the use of positive language when working with children and young people.
  • 12.15pm: Lunch
  • 1pm: Cara Hens - Surrey Educational Psychology Service. "Hearing the voice of care experienced children and young people"
  • 2pm: Break
  • 2.10pm: Moving forward, My Pledge
  • 3pm: Closing remarks Rachael Wardell Executive Director of Children, Families and Learning

Language, labels and love in the care-experienced narrative

Kirsty Capes

Surrey Virtual School is delighted that Kirsty will join us to deliver the keynote speech at our October 2021 conference.

Using her own journey and records, academic research and examples in fiction, literature and news media, she will examine how language is used to story looked-after children and care leavers.

Language often reinforces negative stereotypes about care experienced young people and it is essential to recognise this, critically examine it and work to disrupt it through practice.

She will offer everyday practical solutions to overturn harmful language patterns and narratives.

A little more about Kirsty

Kirsty Capes works in publishing and, as a care leaver, is an advocate for better representation for care-experienced people in the media.

She recently completed her PhD which investigates female-centric care narratives in contemporary fiction, under the supervision of 2019 Booker prize-winner, Bernardine Evaristo. Careless is her first novel.

The literary equivalent of gold dust, Benjamin Zephaniah

I am so proud of my super-talented former student, Kirsty Capes. I'm so impressed with how her writing has flourished with the cracking characters and energetic prose of her fantastic debut novel, Bernardine Evaristo

I felt this book in my gut! It's funny, it's emotional, and at times definitely heart-breaking, but Bess is a hero you can believe in, Jendella Benson

It's not often that life in care is talked about, which is just one of the reasons we love this book, Cosmopolitan