NESWA Practice Education Conference 2019 – Save the Date!!

NESWA Practice Education Conference

‘Innovation, creativity and partnership: exploring regional developments in Practice Education’

Friday 22nd March 2019

The Dryden Centre, Gateshead


The NESWA team are excited to announce the first details of next year’s NESWA Practice Education Conference 2019. Last year’s inaugural conference proved to be a big success for the Teaching Partnership and, more importantly, for Practice Educators in the North East who had a rare opportunity to come together and share ideas and good practice.

Next year’s conference will take place on Friday 22nd March 2019 and will be held at Dryden Centre, Gateshead once again. We are still in the process of firming up details on workshops, however, we hope to showcase a lot of valuable work that partners of NESWA have been undertaking during this year.

We are delighted to confirm that the following individuals have agreed to speak at this year’s conference:

Opening the conference:

Margaret Whellans

Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Durham County Council (lead authority for the Regional Teaching Partnership)



Siobhan Maclean

“I qualified as a social worker aged 22 with a degree in social work and a CQSW (the professional qualification of the day). I have now been a social worker for more than half of my life. If you cut me in half it would say social worker all the way through. Social work is not just what I do, but who I am.”

Siobhan has been a Practice Educator for over 20 years and has worked with more than 150 students in that time. She also delivers training, workshops, and publishes tools and resources for social workers, Practice Educators. Siobhan’s work is highly regarded in her field.

Emma Lewell-Buck MP

Emma is the Member of Parliament for South Shields, and is the first female MP in South Shields. She is now Shadow Minister for Children & Families. Emma studied at Northumbria University and then completed her Masters in Social Work at Durham University. She has worked in child protection as a qualified social worker.

The conference will include: workshops, information stands, student research posters, networking opportunities.

Please keep checking back to the NESWA website for further details on the conference in the coming months.

If you have any further questions, would like to present a workshop or would like to book a place at the Conference, please email

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