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10. A New Paradigm of Playwork Wednesday
We are constantly trying to arrive at a consensus about what playwork is. A consensus that is hard to achieve. Is playwork about the spaces, resources and engagement with children and young people or is playwork about a methodology an attitude and an approach? This is what underlines the discussions that will be taking place in this track.
With invited guests who have something interesting to say and a chaired conversation to explore the area.
11. Playwork Theory Wednesday
Every year at Conference it is important to have the opportunity to think more about the theory that underpins playwork practice. This track pitches sessions at different levels so that current theory is covered from the introductory through to the highly critical
12. Research and New Thinking Wednesday
With about a dozen in progress or recently completed PhD’s there is a lot of research going that we could learn from
13. Reflections on Practice Wednesday
One of the most important parts of our work with children and young people is about how we think about what we have done and what we do and how we improve our work. Competent or indeed outstanding reflective practice is the key to an improvement in the play lives of children and young people. Nevertheless many practitioners struggle with the process. This track will help to solve that struggle.
14. Digital and Technology Wednesday
Chris Martin is curating this track which will go far beyond the rhetoric of how technology is ruining children's play and children's lives.
15. Where Playwork Happens Wednesday
This track takes a stroll through the various places/environments/contexts in which Playwork is happening. An opportunity to find out about a strain of Playwork that you might not be familiar with
16. Design and Risk Wednesday
This is a Play England mini conference in which partners from the European funded design and risk project will present ideas, discuss their work and seek suggestions
17. Woodland Tribe / The Natural Outside World Wednesday
Containing both practical and theoretical sessions, there will be both playing, and talking in the Garden
18. Sessions in the Art Room Wednesday
Although playwork is primarily not about running activities there are times when the children and young people ask the adults to offer them something specific. This track will increase your repertoire of what you can offer and maybe introduce you to some concepts you might not have come across before.
See the full programme at our programme specific website here