Children’s Wellbeing in the UK Education System

Axis RoundTable Series

‘Children’s Wellbeing in the UK Education System’

Guest Speaker: Dr. Debbie Watson
Thursday, 26th September 2012, 17:30 – 19:00


Axis Educational Trust
30A Drayton Park
N5 1PB

Event Programme:

17:30 – 17:45 Arrival
17:45 – 17:50 Introduction
17:50 – 18:30 Keynote Speech
18:30 – 19:00 Open interactive discussion and Q&A


With a view to achieving incisive, productive, and open discussions about education and education policy, the Axis Educational Trust is holding a series of RoundTable talks with an exciting range of guest speakers. These events embrace a wide range of issues surrounding education, from practical classroom-orientated advice forums to social and philosophical debates about the role and impact of education in our rapidly changing world.

About Dr. Debbie Watson

Dr Debbie Watson is the Programme Director for the BSc Childhood Studies programme in Bristol University.
Dr Watson is an experienced teacher in schools and in Higher Education. She has taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including Early Childhood, Childhood Education and Interpretive Research Methods. In particular, her interests have been in the sociology of childhood and in the health and well-being of children and young people.
Her research experiences include her PhD studies where she conducted a longitudinal study of young people’s dispositions to scientific knowledge; and the national peer-led sex education programme “A PAUSE”, based at the Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, where she worked with adolescent peers in a drama-based programme to develop accreditation processes to recognise their performance skills. She has also researched the qualification needs of excluded young people in Manchester; and young people’s experiences of school nursing provisions in Croydon. Other projects have included two projects funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation where she worked with teaching and learning support assistants in primary, secondary, further education and special schools to determine aspects of practice for supporting learning and ways of formally assessing these through assessment of performance methodologies.

Current research includes a project funded by the Welsh Assembly working with Arad consulting determining how children’s service professionals across Wales can judge ‘distance travelled’ for young people in respect of their social and emotional learning. She is also involved in an EU funded Tempus project with colleagues in Europe, Jordan and Egypt developing a diploma in public policy and child rights for professionals working for and with children in these MENA countries.

Refreshments will be served.


Phone: 0207  607 9330