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Whose Life is it Anyway?

Whose Life is it Anyway?
Managing and working with parental aspirations

A 1-day CPD event led by Dr Mariama Ifode-Blease

Leader: Dr Mariama Ifode-Blease
Date: Thursday 17th May 2018
Time: 10:00 – 14:00
Venue: Oxford & Cambridge Club, 71-77 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5HD
Cost: £180 inc. VAT, including lunch
Topic: How best to manage and work with parental aspirations

This course is for those who work in careers in school and colleges. It offers useful steps in building positive relationships with parents and guardians. The course also covers conflict resolution and how to manage expectations.

The course will cover:

  • an overview of theories relating to conflict management and resolution
  • identifying conflict areas and how to avoid them with parents and guardians
  • an examination of potential ways to strategically collaborate with parents and guardians with regards
    to your CEIAG policy and provision
  • analysing the communication around your CEIAG provision and how it involves this group

The course will provide opportunities to:

  • explore practical approaches to working with parents and guardians
  • share knowledge and experiences
  • developing a ‘communications toolkit’ to foster more effective professional relationships with parents
    and guardians


10:00 - 10:15 Tea and welcome
10:15 - 11:00 Defining your role and theirs
11:00 - 11:30 Parents and Guardians - Communication
11:30 - 12:00 Parents and Guardians - Collaboration
12:00 - 12:30 Parents and Guardians - Their key questions and queries
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Conclusions and practical steps forward

About Dr Mariama Ifode-Blease, MA, MPhil, PhD, FHEA

Course Leader Dr Mariama Ifode-Blease works as an independent careers consultant and community engagement practitioner. Mariama completed her undergraduate degree in French and Spanish at the University of St Andrews, followed by an MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge.

As a secondary school MFL teacher and Head of Careers, Mariama developed her knowledge of the higher education landscape in both the UK and the US. In 2009, she was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to New York University and she became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2013. Mariama has worked as Senior International Admissions Officer for New York University, and as a Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer for the University of Cambridge Admissions Office.

In 2018, Mariama has completed an MA in Careers Education and Coaching, with the Qualification in Career Development, at the University of Derby. She is also a member of the Career Development Institute (CDI) and the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG). Mariama has enjoyed mentoring and supporting students through her roles in secondary and tertiary education, and is committed to enabling and encouraging young people to fulfil their full potential.

To confirm your place, please complete our online application form or contact Events by email [email protected].

We envisage this being a popular event so please book early - places are limited.

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