Powering Down in a Frenetic World... The Importance of Wellbeing, Nurture and Nature in Education


Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy, Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK

Friday 12th January 2018

Event Overview

In the words of W.H. Davies, What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare....

This timely and thought provoking conference will enable delegates to explore ways to facilitate and incorporate, more wellbeing, nurture and nature into their everyday professional practice and educational settings.

The day will provide delegates with:
• An opportunity to experience different strategies to support and facilitate wellbeing, nurture and nature in their own classrooms/workplace
• To share different ideas and approaches that will enhance wellbeing, nurture and nature in their own settings
• Participate in practical, thought provoking sessions which will explore different aspects of wellbeing, nurture and nature and the great outdoors
• Opportunities to partake of our Cardiff Met holistic therapies (small extra charge)

This conference is relevant to:
• Head teachers
• Teachers (primary and secondary / FE)
• Teaching assistants
• Representatives from Local Education Authorities / Consortia
• School Governors
• Trainee teachers
• Any other school based staff

Keynote Speakers

Sue Palmer

Sue Palmer, a former primary headteacher, is a literacy specialist, writer, presenter and 'childhood campaigner'. She has written over 250 books, software packages and TV programmes for schools on aspects of literacy, notably grammar and spelling.
Consultancy work has included England's National Literacy Strategy, the National Literacy Trust and the BBC. 

Her books on child development in the modern world – notably Toxic Childhood (second edition 2015), 21st Century Boys and 21st Century Girls – have led to many appearances in the media commenting on childhood issues. Her latest book, Upstart: the case for raising the school starting age and providing what the under-sevens really need, was published in 2016.

Sue chaired the Scottish Play Commission, served on the Scottish Government's Early Years Task Force and currently chairs the Upstart Scotland campaign. A freelance writer and consultant since 1986, she's very pleased to be listed in Who's Who (since 2014) and Debrett's People of Today (2015) for her work around modern childhood.  She's also twice been named by the Evening Standard as among the 1000 most influential people in London (which gave her particular pleasure, since she lives in Edinburgh).  


Richard Parks
Richard is a world-leading extreme environment athlete, award winning author and ambassador to Visit Wales. His pioneering expeditions and projects push the boundaries of human performance whilst adding value to our world - through cutting edge scientific research, education or charitable objectives.


As part of our Sustainable Travel Plan, we encourage all visitors, students, and staff to travel to the University by walking, cycling, public transport, or by car sharing.

Cyncoed Campus
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cyncoed Road
CF23 6XD

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The 52/52A bus travels from the city centre to the Cyncoed campus every 15 minutes during the day, via Albany Road and Penylan Road.


Heath High Level and Heath Low Level railway stations are approx. 25 minutes walk from the Cyncoed campus, serving the area from the Rhymney and Coryton lines. See National Rail Enquiries for train times.


If travelling by car please use postcode CF23 6XD.

Related Websites

Cardiff Bus

Arriva Trains Wales

Traveline Cymru

BBC Traffic news

See Also...

The AA Route Planner

National Rail

National Express


Cardiff offers a range of hotels, guest houses and bed & breakfast accommodation to suit all budgets.

For an extensive list of accommodation please go to: http://www.visitcardiff.com/wheretostay/

How to Register

The conference fee is £100 per person.

To register for the conference please click here.

The fee is inclusive of conference registration, lunch and refreshments.

(Cancellations must be in writing and made more than 10 working days prior to the conference or you will be charged the full rate).

Contact Us

Queries and correspondence regarding the content of the event should be sent to Dr Susan Davis at: sdavis@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For enquiries regarding booking, or any other administrative detail please contact a member of the Research and Enterprise team at: cseenterprise@cardiffmet.ac.uk