My Name is Chris Kilkenny, I am 21 years old and I reside in bonnie Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.
Unfortunately, my room at Edinburgh castle is under refurbishment so for the last 21 years I have lived and been brought up in Wester Hailes, a poverty ravished council estate on the outskirts of one of the most artistically and architecturally beautiful cities in the world.
Unlike some of the distinguished keynote speakers and educational celebrities whom I admire and am inspired by, I do not have decades of degrees and Educational work experience, what I do bring to the table is 4 failed school placements, a first-hand experience of being in the education system and living in poverty. I spent a large amount of my childhood in care and have lived in rehab twice but never been an addict luckily there is a small documentary that was made by the bbc whilst I lived there that will show you in what capacity I lived there it’s called chris’s story. I also love and have always loved Education and learning but I left school with no qualifications.
By way of re-visiting my memories and feelings and looking back on my time in Education objectively, alongside others I have identified some of the key elements that could be added to teacher practice that could improve the lives of young people currently living in poverty and coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. I also feel that what I have to say Is relevant right across the board from support staff to policy level.
To use an analogy to summarise I would describe myself as being like the black box on an aircraft that has crashed, I filled with useful information gathered during that crash to prevent further failures by adapting the future builds and flight paths.
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