Pandemic Recovery: Emotion, Language and Health in Schools

Pandemic Recovery: Emotion, Language and Health in Schools
17 November 2021, 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Online Panel Discussion

Co-organisers: Joseph Ford (IMLR) and Neela Doležalová (writer and workshop facilitator, The Space Between)

In the context of Covid-19, schools across the country have been designing Recovery Curricula. This panel discussion explores the role creativity and multilingualism can play in this curriculum, taking into account the diverse experiences of students throughout the pandemic. Questions addressed in the panel, include: How can educators inclusively support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of pupils in this recovery? When addressing difficult and complex experiences, what opportunities and challenges are presented when we embrace the multilingualism of our classrooms? What is the role of arts and performance in implanting an effective educational recovery programme for pupils across schools in London and the UK? Following a series of multilingual, creative workshops with pupils at Gearies Primary School in East London, panellists will reflect on the importance of engaging students creatively across different languages to facilitate a meaningful educational recovery from the pandemic. This event will also include a small sharing of creative work by students at Gearies Primary School.

Chair Zaahida Nabagereka (Lit in Colour Programme Manager at Penguin Random House)

Dan Lea (Deputy Head, Gearies School)
Neela Doležalová (writer and workshop facilitator, The Space Between) 
Jessica Bradley (University of Sheffield)
Farzana Khan (Healing Justice London)

This event is part of the 2021 Being Human Festival, the UK's only national festival of the humanities, taking place from 11 to 20 November 2021. The festival is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

All are welcome to attend this free panel discussion, which will be held online via Zoom at
18:00 GMT. You will need to register in advance to receive the online joining link. Please click on the Book Now button below to register.

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Cathy Collins