TSC SW Podcast #6 Ian Hunkin - Trust, Safety, Staff and Pupil Wellbeing

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Ian Hunkin works as the Director of The Sigma Teaching School

Ian Hunkin works as the Director of The Sigma Teaching School which is a part of Delta Education Trust. Ian has previously worked as a Headteacher, Director of Multi-Agency Services and as an Educational Psychologist.

Sigma is an alliance of Poole, Dorset and Hampshire primary, secondary, alternative provision and special schools with the shared aim of working collaboratively to improve outcomes for all students within their schools and beyond.

In this podcast Jim talks with Ian Hunkin about trust, safety, staff and pupil wellbeing. Ian is the author of some fantastic free online training provided by DELTA Education Trust designed to support staff in managing students through possible trauma and considerations for both student and staff wellbeing needs, based on the importance of safety and trust.


Timeline (mins):

00.00 Introduction: Jim

02.17 Question 1: Ian tell me a bit more about your background, what experiences in your career have been formative in the design of this training material?

06:50 Question2: Ok so lets talk through the key messages from each of the four sessions. Firstly, tell me about the transformative power of feeling safe.

16:30 Question 3: We have talked about Trust. What can you tell me about rebuilding trust and why it is important?

27.48 Question 4: Lastly, you have published two sessions on our well-being. Self care and organisational care, and mindfulness is a superpower!

40.12 Re-opening schools: 5 key evidenced based considerations for everyone’s well-being

Related CPD Opportunities

"Returning to School and Making Use of Trauma-Informed Approaches" 

A free webinar series by Whole School SEND 

This session is the first in a series of three fortnightly webinars focusing on trauma-informed approaches and interventions to support children and young people in school. 

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Jim can be found on Twitter   @jimrogers72 

TSC SW Podcast #5 : Lorwyn Randall - Education Endowment Foundation

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In this podcast Jim talks to Lorwyn Randall the Education Endowment Foundation Regional Delivery Lead for the South West & South Coast. 

Lorwyn leads the EEF’s school improvement work in the South West & South Coast. He works closely with the Research School Network and other Improvement Partners in the system to broaden schools’ understanding of evidence and provide access to guidance, training and support in the region. 

The focus of the podcast is EEF’s recent work to support schools during the period of school closure and the following recovery phase.

Timeline (mins):

Introduction – Context SW schools CPD and support survey and priority around supporting vulnerable children. 

01:25 Lorwyn, could you explain your role in the SW and that of the EEF? 

03:15 Lorwyn talks through kety recommendations from the ‘Rapid evidence-review on remote learning’ 

20:50 ‘Support for schools publication’ 

26:15 ‘How schools can support parents’

Links referred to in the podcast:

Education Endowment Foundation - https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk

Lorwyn can be found on Twitter on @LorwynRandall and Jim  @jimrogers72 

Chartered College of Teaching

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The Chartered College of Teaching has produced an interesting report Education in times of crisis: The potential implications ofDesks school closures for teachers and students.  It is a review of research evidence on school closures and international approaches to education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Vlog hosted by Dame Alison Peacock and Lisa Fathers, Director of Teaching School & Partnerships at Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET), and Anya, Student and Wellbeing Ambassador, to discuss how the BFET whole-school culture towards student and staff mental health has contributed during the COVID-19 outbreak is also available.  They discuss:

  • The challenges that have arisen during a lockdown and the importance of investing time to maintain mental health and wellbeing.
  • How student and staff training to support others with mental health prior to lockdown has helped BFET during the crisis.
  • How Anya and other student wellbeing ambassadors are continuing their role during the crisis, talking about some of the activities they are undertaking to support fellow students remotely.
  • Lisa’s passion for mental health and wellbeing being linked to her passion for removing barriers to learning.
  • The taboo around mental health and how transparency is not where it needs to be yet. Bringing physical and mental health under one banner to allow everyone to talk more openly.
  • The BFET approach to mental health, including cross-sector partnerships with Youth Sports Trust, Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools Programme, Place2Be, and 42nd Street. How these partnerships work in practice.
  • How physical activity can contribute to a healthier mental wellbeing, allowing staff and young people to function better and be more resilient.
  • The importance of art and how being creative can create joyful experiences. The ability to express yourself differently through art that otherwise might be difficult to express otherwise.
  • Physical and creative activities students at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls have been set during lockdown, how these activities have been made engaging and fun for students.
  • The challenges of transitioning back to normality, what to potentially expect, and advice around how to tackle these challenges with student and staff wellbeing in mind.

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