Scruffy Targets, Meaningful Outcomes, Inspiring Legacy - Celebrating the life and work of Dr Penny Lacey

Location
School of Education (Building R19), The Vaughan Jeffreys Lecture Theatre
Category
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Dates
Saturday 13th May 2017 (14:00-18:00)
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Scruffy Targets Meaningful Outcomes Inspiring LegacyThe School of Education at the University of Birmingham is hosting an event to celebrate life and work of Dr Penny Lacey. You are invited to this open event to celebrate Penny’s remarkable contribution to the field of education, and in particular the education of children with profound and multiple learning difficulties.

The event combines some reflection on Penny’s area of work through presentations from leaders in the field, followed by some music / performances, cake and tea.

Inspired by Penny’s keenness to challenge and be creative, speakers have been asked to respond to the following question “If I had 15 minutes to give a message to my field, this is what it would be…

 

Speakers will include:

  • Dr Jean Ware, University of Bangor
  • Dr Hazel Lawson, University of Exeter
  • Professor Jill Porter, Reading University
  • Dr Lila Kossyvaki, University of Birmingham
  • Peter Imray, Special Educational Needs Training and Advice
  • Flo Longhorn, Principal Consultant in Multisensory & Special Education
  • Dave Hewett, Independent Consultant and Trainer relating to severe learning difficulties and / or autism.

Indicative timetable

1:30

Refreshment and registration

2:00

Welcome and introduction – Members of staff in the School of Education and other friends 

2:15

Speakers: “If I had 15 minutes to give a message to my field, this is what it would be…”  Themes:

  • Defining curriculum
  • Intensive interaction
  • Multidisciplinary working
  • Becoming the ‘reflective practitioner’ 

4:30

Tea and cake leading to:

  • Reflections
  • Video montage of music and performances

5:30

Closing remarks and thank you

Venue: Vaughan Jefferies Lecture Theatre. Directions may may found at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/visit/maps-and-directions.aspx

The event is free, but please register online if you wish to attend part or all of the event as numbers are limited. 

A little about Penny

Many in the field of Education will know of Dr Penny Lacey. Penny was a senior lecturer in department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, and she worked there for over 20 years. Sadly Penny passed away in January 2015. We remember our friend and colleague with great fondness and as someone who made a huge contribution to the field of education, in particular the education of children with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Penny was truly committed to improving the learning opportunities for children with learning difficulties, and she forged strong relationships with many schools to ensure that her theoretical work was converted into real practice. In so doing, she changed the lives and improved the life chances of many vulnerable children.

Penny was an inspirational teacher – of teachers and parents who worked in the broad field as well as of children and young people with special educational needs. Importantly, Penny believed passionately in the power of teaching, and the power of research-informed reflective practitioners and interdisciplinary collaboration.

It is fitting that the ‘Penny Lacey Prize’ is awarded each year to the author of the best master’s dissertation in the department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Education (DISN).   

The Illustration was created live by Michelle Ku during a conference on SLD/PMLD in 2015 and was kindly shared with the University of Birmingham by Swiss Cottage School.