Returning to School and Making Use of Trauma-Informed Approaches

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The amazing Ian Hunkin has produced a summary resource to accompany the webinars that he recently delivered.wss (002) png

Here are the links to the trauma-informed approaches webinars along with accompanying slides.  

Session 1

Returning to School and Making Use of Trauma-Informed Approaches: Five Key Considerations for Everyone’s Wellbeing:

Presentation Slides: 

Session 2

Returning to School and Making Use of Trauma-Informed Approaches: The transformative power of feeling safe and what about when it goes wrong?:

Presentation Slides:

Session 3

Returning to School and Making Use of Trauma-Informed Approaches: Rebuilding trust and the importance of our own wellbeing:

Presentation Slides:

FREE staff online CPD re Trauma-Informed Approaches. The new session is a summary of the four cornerstones of a Trauma-Informed Approach and is intended to be able to be read in an hour.  The session is available at

New CPD session from Sigma TSA

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Ian Hunkin has produced another free CPD session titled Mission Possible: A Summary of the Key Messages from Psychology and Neuroscience re Supporting Children and Sigma TSAYoung People in the New Normal. 

The session covers:

  • Understanding the impact of trauma
  • Providing relational support
  • The four cornerstones of a trauma-informed approach
    • The transformative power of feeling safe
    • Focusing on trust as well as learning
    • Taking actions to make stress as predictable, moderate and controllable as we can
    • The importance of our own wellbeing
  • Conclusion
  • Signposting

Find it here:

Boolean Maths Hub Update

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Please find the latest Boolean Maths Hub bulletin which has information on all our Work GroupBoolean Maths Hubss open for recruitment.   To support schools with the challenging times at present, most of our Work Groups will begin online in January.    Please ask schools to express interest in Work Groups by completing the EOI, dates of sessions will follow shortly:

Boolean Maths Hub Work Groups EOI.   

Also attached is the NCETM overview of projects this year, please ask schools to either express interest in a project or contact us if they wish to discuss which Work Group will suit their school/circumstances.     All Work Groups will be held online initially.  Further information can be found here:

School Improvement Offer

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NLEs were contacted on 9/11/2020 by the DfE to notify them that they are now formally closing the 19/20 School Improvement Offer. This means that NLEs and TeachingDFE Logo School Heads should only undertake further work if under the guise of an approved RAF and if a signed Grant Offer Letter was received pre lockdown in March.  

If this applies to you, please refer to the FAQs you can find here which provide further important details about resuming 19/20 support. Otherwise, you will only be funded to provide support to schools where you are matched under the STSS Recovery offer. If you have any further queries, please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or contact your local RSC team who will be happy to support.
You will also be aware that as the19-20 offer closes, a decision has been made to extend the delivery of the STSS Recovery Offer (also known as the Covid stsss offer) until the end of spring 2021 in the first instance, to support those schools that are the most vulnerable as a result of the challenges faced by COVID-19.

Support will be available to schools, regardless of their Ofsted rating, that would benefit from additional leadership support, including to put in place a high-quality remote learning offer. We have updated the page to reflect this for the wider educational sector:

We have also updated a detailed overview of this offer here
If you are aware of schools that you think would benefit from support through the STSS Recovery Offer please make a referral via your local Regional School Commissioner’s office .