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This conference takes the recent centenary of the First World War and the seventieth anniversary of the VE as triggers to discuss aspects of children's relationship to war and violence in the last 100 years. at University of Worcester

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Conference on Children: War and Violence

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This conference takes the recent centenary of the First World War and the seventieth anniversary of the VE as triggers to discuss aspects of children's relationship to war and violence in the last 100 years.

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Conference on Children: War and Violence
13th November 2015, University of Worcester

This conference takes the recent centenary of the First World War and the seventieth anniversary of the VE as triggers to discuss aspects of children's relationship to war and violence in the last 100 years; asking how children's imagination and everyday lives have been shaped by conflict and violence.

The day provides a university-style learning experience with sessions on: boy soldiers, children's literature, WW2 evacuation, violence in contemporary children's lives including schools in Africa.

For further information or to book places contact [email protected]

9:30 - 10:0 Arrival and welcome

10:00- 10:35 What's the real story of the Boy Soldiers in World War One?
This session will explore the following questions: How many volunteered? Why did they volunteer? Did anybody try to stop them? How many died? How many survived? Have we learnt any lessons?

10:35- 11: 10 Relocation, Dislocation and Evacuation: Children's Lives disrupted by War.
War fractures families, disrupts lives and causes many children to be relocated. This session examines one local example of this: the World War Two evacuation in the West Midlands. Personal stories will be used in this session to explore how this mass relocation to rural areas changed children's lives.

11:10 – 11:45 Romanticising War and Violence in English Children’s Literature.
Nineteenth century writers for children romanticised war and the portrayed violence as an unquestioned part of imperialism. Following the First World War and World War II there has been a shift which moves from celebrating the heroic nature of war to calling readers to question the effects that war has on the individual and the child in particular. This session will be an interactive illustrated talk.

11:45 – 12:00 Tweetathon discussion / question and answer session

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:35 Children, Childhoods and Violence.
The presentation will consider examples of violence and cruelty that was part of some children’s lives in Britain before child protection and the profession of social work was established. It will also discuss contemporary concerns about vulnerable children affected by: domestic violence, child abuse and neglect alongside aspects of violence and abuse experienced by children and young people outside their home, such as bullying.

1:35- 2: 15 Violence in African Schools: types and sources.
This talk will question the assumption that education is necessarily and always good for the individual and society. In particular, it will question whether education is always good in 'developing' countries. It will do this by examining the types and sources of violence that exist in schools in Africa and suggest that much of this violence is facilitated or generated by schools themselves'.

2:15 - 2:30 Tweetathon discussion / question and answer session

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Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18)


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The University of Worcester is a close-knit and high-achieving community where students are supported to succeed at every level.

The University is a truly inclusive place where every person counts as an individual. From designing imaginative facilities to providing practical support and tailored learning, we strive to help people of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve their own rich potential. We work hard to break down barriers and provide opportunities for all.

Worcester is home to Europe’s first integrated university and public library, The Hive, and Britain’s first inclusive indoor sports hall purpose-designed to include the wheelchair athlete, the University of Worcester Arena, two facilities that exemplify our commitment to inclusion. We are top in the UK for gender equality and in the top 10 of universities to best reflect society.

Our commitment to supporting students’ wellbeing was recognised in being shortlisted for Outstanding Student Support in the 2018 Times Higher University Awards, and we are regularly identified as a best practice example in this field.

We believe in educating and supporting the whole person to succeed in their own personal endeavours but to also use the skills they develop to build a better world.

Worcester has one of the best records of graduate employment in the Country. In the Government-published Longitudinal Educational Outcomes survey (2017), Worcester was placed in the top 10 for sustained employment with or without further study, one, two and three years after graduation. Over 97% of our graduates are in work or continuing to study within six months of graduating.

A key feature of a University of Worcester education is the golden triangle of professional education, which interweaves expert knowledge and practical learning. At the three points of the triangle are the well-motivated student, an inspiring educator, and an expert professional mentor.

With close industry links across a range of sectors, Worcester students have opportunities to access work placements, to earn-as-they-learn in jobs relevant to your studies, as well as volunteering, all helping to build your skills, confidence and employability.

In the first ever national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), Worcester was rated Silver, with assessors commenting that Worcester “delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students” and “consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education”.

We were placed 15th for teaching quality and 18th for student experience in the Times Good University Guide 2019.

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