FREE Online CPD Opportunity - Our Own Wellbeing Part 2: Mindfulness is a Superpower

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 FREE Online CPD Opportunity - Our Own Wellbeing Part 2: Mindfulness is a Superpower

Now Available

Part four of a series of free online CPD sessions by the Sigma Teaching School Alliance on understanding and supporting children and young people who have experienced trauma.

Introduction

This is the fourth session of a free online staff CPD course re understanding and supporting children and young people who have experienced trauma. The previous sessions can be found on the tabs on the left side on our Online Training web page. Subsequent sessions will be added to the Sigma Teaching School website every Tuesday. 

This session is the second part of our review of the importance of our own wellbeing and will focus on Mindfulness.

Aims:

The aims remain the same as for the other sessions in the course:

  1. To 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 own practice with regard to these key messages (reassurance and ideally identifying actions to further develop your practice).

  3. Signposting to other information.

As with other sessions the approaches and interventions will be evidence-based. Mostly from the fields of psychology and neuroscience. Some of the evidence-based approaches and interventions informed by the research are deceptively simple. They are, however, also enormously powerful in their impact.

What we’ll cover in this session:

  1. What is Mindfulness?

  2. Why should you give Mindfulness a go?

  3. Let’s do some Mindfulness.

  • The main focus of this session will be trying out some Mindful activities, after all, if we are to achieve the benefits of Mindfulness then we need to do it.


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 Link : http://www.sigmateachingschool.org.uk/online-training/#tab-id-4

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 #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: https://clf.uk/towards-recovery-a-think-piece/

Carpenter and Carpenter: A Recovery Curriculum:  Loss and Life for our children and schools post pandemic. https://www.evidenceforlearning.net/recoverycurriculum/  


Sally can be found on Twitter  @_sallyjan
Jim can be found on Twitter as  @jimrogers72 and www.jimrogerstraining.co.uk

Opening schools more widely: a decision-making framework for Trust Boards

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The Confederation of School Trusts (CST) is the national organisation and sector body for academy and multi-academy trusts. We believe that strong and resilient governance and decision-making are essential to help schools and trusts deal with the current challenging circumstances.  We have therefore created this framework to support your decision-making.

The framework outlines a series of strategic actions for trust boards to take before decisions can be made about opening a school or schools more widely in the safest possible way. It does not include all possible actions that could or should be taken in the specific context of your trust or your group of schools.  It is intended to be a strategic framework to guide decision-making and we have therefore attempted to be concise.

For further details and a copy of the framework, please click here

West Country Schools Trust - Virtual Recruitment Pack, Guidance and Templates

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VideoconferencingWest Country Schools Trust has produced a temporary Virtual Recruitment Pack which contains guidance documents and templates to perform the recruitment process virtually which you may find useful, including:

  • An introduction to virtual recruitment
  • Guides to setting up video calls
  • Administrator guide to setting up Group Chats for Interview Panel
  • Interviewer Guide
  • Virtual ID/Qualification checks guide
  • Guide to archiving, restoring and deleting a microsoft team used for interview
  • Invite, reference request/ID request and Offer letter Templates

For further details and the documents please click here.