Significant changes were made in 2016 - 17 to address concerns on the safety of the students when they were attending YES conferences and events. YES is aware that all schools have stringent safeguarding policies but it was felt that a formal, YES, Safeguarding Policy should be introduced to the YES constitution. A specific meeting was held to formulate a policy: the "YES, Safeguarding Policy" was adopted on 6th April and this will be included in the Constitution and Terms of Reference at the 2017 Annual General Meeting
All parents of students who are invited to attend the YES Conferences, generously sponsored in part by the Waltham Marriott Hotel, are asked to sign an agreement, with the individual school, that they are willing for their children to attend. They also receive the YES booklet, giving them information on the content of the YES training Conferences.
On the whole, the Conferences have been well attended but, on several occasions, we have worked with schools that could not ensure that attendance. YES raises funds to meet the cost of these events and we are sad when we have paid for 40 students and learn, on the arrival of the students at the Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel, that only 30 have arrived. On occasions, as much as £735 has been lost and a different cohort of 10 students could have benefitted from the training that YES offers.
To address this problem, we are now, asking Headteachers to sign a contract for the conferences and requesting parents to honour their commitment when they sign the agreement document issued by the schools.
The Motivation Conference (11.03.15)
The third and final Motivation Conference for 2014 -15 took place on 11th March 2015 at our regular venue, the Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel, a second home to many businessmen and businesswomen.
We all know the expression “practice makes perfect” and we saw proof of this when students from Davenant Foundation School and West Hatch High School took part in the last of the 2014 -15 Motivation Conferences. The students had been well-briefed and we had our most experienced facilitators giving support
The programme, led by Nick and James, began with two team building activities and the introduction of background music, for the first time, certainly appealed to the participants. There was a good balance between quiet activities and those involving moving about and the mid morning break came very quickly. Shock and horror appeared on some faces when the cookies were missing but, once they had arrived, there were plenty of smiles. Work resumed, the concentration was good and the interaction between the students and facilitators was excellent.
Lunch time seemed to arrive much too quickly. Further activities continued in the afternoon and the day concluded with photographs being taken of the presentation of the certificates. (these may be downloaded from the website)
YES is grateful for the preparation made by the schools’ careers staff, the excellent support provided by the facilitators, the participation of Cllr Kewal Chana, Chairman of Chigwell Parish Council and Cllr Mrs Sharon Weston. Mayor of Loughton, in presenting the certificates to the students and, most of all, delighted by the enthusiasm and interest shewn by the majority of the students......Well done, everybody
The Motivation Conference (04.03.15)
This year, YES offered all six of the secondary schools the opportunity to participate in the Motivation Conferences and this, the second of the three Motivation Conferences for 2015, was the first experience that Epping St. John's High School and Roding Valley High School had had of these events.
As always, YES took the students into the business atmosphere of the Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel
and the day followed its usual pattern.
James and Laura presented the programme of activities that included a competition to build the tallest tower of newspapers (see photographs), Quentin spoke about his interesting journey through many and varied occupations and John Houston, entertained students and adults with his store of Latin motivational phrases.
YES is most grateful to Cllr. Mrs. Barbara Scruton, the Mayor of Epping and Cllr. Mrs. Judy Jennings, Deputy Mayor of Loughton, for attending the conference, spending considerble time with the students and presenting them with certificates, recording their attendance at the event.
The Motivation Conference (30.01.15)
The first of the conferences for 2015 took place at the Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel on 30th January, when forty students from King Harold Academy and Debden Park High School left their school environment and experienced the feeling of being part of a business community with delegate badges, a formal seating plan, experienced adult facilitators and the traditional refreshment and lunch breaks that are part of formal business conferences.
The students participated in a wide variety of motivation activities, designed and produced by Laura Bettridge and James Taylor, both committee members of YES. who introduced the programmes for the day. YES was pleased to welcome Cllr. Mrs. Ann Mitchell, Mayor of Waltham Abbey and Cllr. Mrs Judy Jennings, Deputy Mayor of Loughton both of whom spent most of the day with the students and presented the certificates of attendance to each student. John Houston concluded the day with warm words of thanks to those who participated and Laura and James led the brief discussions on outcomes the end of the event. Again, the students met successful business people and began, seriously, to consider their future employment and the skills that could make their employment rewarding.
Once again, the feedback from the students was positive and very helpful. Photographs of the Certificate presentation can be found in the Gallery in the Media section of this site.
The Motivation Conference (19.03.14)
The second motivation Conference followed a similar pattern to the one held in 2013 but had additional activities, including a motivational video. There was, also, a wider participation from Epping Forest secondary schools with Debden Park High School students Joining King Harold Academy for this year's event and representatives from the Careers Services from Epping Forest College and all six schools attending as observers.
As before, the Mayor of Waltham Abbey presented the certificates of attendance and, as last year, these are available for downloading from the Gallery pages within the Media section .
The feedback from students was primarily very positive with honest opinions that included a few very good suggestions for 2015's programme.
After the event, several parents also contacted us to say that the event had increased the students' confidence and, as the remaining 4 secondary schools wish to participate in the 2015 events. we must have got most of it right
The Motivation Conference. (21.03.13)
The first YES Motivation Conference was a Pilot Scheme that followed from the Festive Youth Market, in November, 2012 and which had provided very strong evidence of the importance of motivation for both students and the participating adults.
KHA agreed to the participation of 40 students, from Year 9, who would best benefit from the experience, a day-long event was planned, the programme was devised by Tara Mullaney, then of London Care Solutions and the decision, to hold it in a “working environment”, persuaded YES to book the Conference Suite at The Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel.
The students and some members of staff from HKS arrived by coach, students were given identity badges and goody bags, seated at large round tables, each with a discussion leader, Quentin Buller of Epping Forest college opened the event, Tara Mullaney and Nick Robinson, (from the Loughton Youth Project) opened the programme and the motivation “games” began. There was coffee, tea and fruit juice available at the 10.45am and 2,20pm breaks and the programme continued until lunchtime, when Eleanor Laing MP and the Mayor of Waltham Abbey, Cllr Mrs Liz. Webster, arrived.
Following a three-course lunch in the Marriott’s Thyme Restaurant for students and the 40 adults attending, Mrs. Laing addressed the conference, supporting the value of finding the most appropriate pathway to employment. Selected guests, from sport, business, radio etc. spoke informally with the students and formed a panel for a very successful Q & A session. The motivation games followed and the session ended with the presentation of certificates of attendance, signed by Mrs. Laing, John Houston, EFDC’s LSP Manager closed the event and the organisers remained for an hour or so, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the event.
Following further discussion and research, a pod cast was made by Loughton Youth Project, a video was produced by Epping Forest College and KHA, having considered that the conference had been advantageous to the students, requested that this should be an annual event.