Online CPD - Our own Wellbeing: Self-Care and Organisation Care

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Sigma Teaching School are offering access to a FREE online staff CPD course entitled understanding and supporting children and young people who have experienced trauma. The topic is clearly even more relevant than ever at this extraordinary time and the course includes practical strategies to meet the needs of children and young people during the pandemic.

The first three sessions are available now.

The aims of the course are to:

  1. Provide an overview of the key messages from research regarding what works for children and young people who have experienced trauma.
  2. Provide an opportunity to reflect on your practice with regard to these key messages (reassurance and ideally identifying actions to further develop your practice).
  3. Signposting to further information.

Some of the evidence-based approaches and interventions informed by research are deceptively simple. They are, however, also enormously powerful in their impact.

Further sessions will be added to the course every Tuesday and will be found by following the link above. We hope that you will find them useful.

TSC SW PODCAST #4 Dr Jim Rogers & Cat Scutt Chartered College of Teaching

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In our fourth podcast, Jim talks with Cat Scutt. Cat, a huge water lover and Cornish resident, is the Director of Education and Research for Teacher’s professional body, the Chartered College of Teaching (CCT). In the conversation Cat talks about the work and aims of the CCT, her role and how the organisation provides a valuable link between research and practice, while championing and acknowledging the fantastic contribution teachers make to children’s lives and society as a whole. This is of huge significance now and Cat will also share what the CCT are doing to support teachers during this challenging period.

Timeline (mins):

1. 01:34 Cat, could you just describe to the listener who and what The Chartered College of Teaching is?

2. 04:27 Could you describe your role in a bit more detail?

3. 07:10 The CCT’s mission is to: celebrate, support and connect teachers to take pride in their profession … bridging the gap between practice and research and equipping teachers … with the knowledge and confidence to make the best decisions for their pupils. Could you provide some examples of how this is achieved please?

4. 10:10 CCT has been active in creating and sign-posting resources for teachers during this period. What have you been doing, what can teachers access from CCT?

5. 14:18 Where can teachers and leaders find out more about CCT?

Links referred to in the podcast:

Chartered College website:

Early Career Hub:

Open Access Impact articles:

International CPD report:

Report on the impact of school closures:

Teaching Schools South West Chartered Teacher programme: 

Cat can be found on Twitter @CatScutt and the CCT on @CharteredColl
Jim can be found on Twitter as  @jimrogers72 and

TSC SW Podcast #3 Dr Jim Rogers And Sally Apps Cabot Learning Federation

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Sally is an Executive Principal for Cabot Learning Federation in Bristol, a Trust of 19 primary and secondary schools which also includes Alternative Provision. Sally, described as a ‘mover and shaker’ on her appointment in 2017 by Schools Week, oversees secondary strategy and alternative provision across the trust, working as part of a 3-19 executive team with responsibility for school improvement. A busy mother of two primary aged children, Sally also sits on the South West Headteacher Board and is a trustee of a multi-academy trust in Bath. A recent Think Piece ‘Towards Recovery’ prompted the invitation to this podcast. The Think Piece explores the transition from school closures to re-opening, framed in Carpenter’s five levers: relationships, community, transparent curriculum, metacognition and space. Sally has appeared on BBC Points West and BBC Radio 5 Live!.

Timeline (mins):

Introduction: Jim

01:25 Question 1: Sally, would you mind briefly introducing yourself and describing your role and responsibilities?

03:45 Question 2: Maybe: describe your experience as an executive principal: what have been the big challenges and successes?

07:44 Question 3: You have written a thought provoking and insightful Thinkpiece: Towards Recovery. What prompted you to write this?

13:16 Question 4: You talk about recovery being as much emotional as academic. What do you mean by this, and what do you think we need to be aware of in our approach and behaviours with students?

18:30 Question 5:  Maybe: You have framed this in Carpenter’s five levers: relationships, community, transparent curriculum, metacognition and space. Could you explain this framework and how it might help school leaders prepare for the recovery phrase?

Links referred to in the podcast:

Thinkpiece Towards Recovery Carpenter and Carpenter:

Carpenter and Carpenter: A Recovery Curriculum:  Loss and Life for our children and schools post pandemic.  

Sally can be found on Twitter  @_sallyjan
Jim can be found on Twitter as  @jimrogers72 and

REAch2 - Partial re-opening of schools guidance 

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REAch2 are the largest primary-only academy trust in the country.

As part of their commitment to support all children and following a number of requests from schools in their Trust, REAch2 have produced guidance on the partial re-opening of their schools which may help schools across the region. 

View the guidance here





EEF News Alert Issue 84: 15 May 2020

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Highlights include:

  • Covid-19 resources: EEF publishes four NEW resources to support schools and parents make the most of home learning   
    • NEW (1&2): Home learning approaches: Planning framework – worked examples (and blank template)
    • NEW (3): Parents and carers engaging in home learning: A checklist for schools
    • NEW (4): 7 top tips to support reading at home – for Key Stage 2
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  • NEW evidence review: Metacognition and Self-Regulation
  • NEW Blog: Help with home learning - Talk with TRUST
  • Research Schools: 'e-Learning: A marathon not a sprint'
  • Suggested reading: 7 new reports worth a look