National roll-out of Teaching School Hubs - Department for Education

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The purpose of this Prior Information Notice (PIN) is to notify the market of the national roll-out of Teaching School Hubs (TSH).  Market engagement events took place oDFE Logon 9th and 10th July and recordings of those events are available at the links below.  Please view the Attached documents for further information.  The DfE will update this notice with the date that the application round will open in due course. It is expected to open in September.

Find details and attachments here.

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.


FREE


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

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

TSC SW Podcast #2: International Perspective

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In our second podcast Jim Rogers explores the international perspective with Casper Rongsted of the Nordic Schools.

As Denmark is beginning to open their schools, Casper and Jim discuss how Denmark has managed the school closures and are now preparing for the return of the younger students.

Staff and student well-being is something the Danish schools are known for, and how they have maintained this during school closures is discussed, as well as creative ways for managing social distance using the outdoors.
 

 

 

Timeline (mins):


2:03 Q1: What has been the Danish educational experience of lockdown, particularly how have the schools supported the welfare of staff and students?

7:52 Q2: academic catch-up and Danish approach.

9:22 Q3: Welfare well-being what has been done to maintain staff and student well-being

12:55 Q4: Danish approach to teaching online and importance of ‘live’ lessons

17:00 Q5: Drawing from the positives in the current situation - capitalising on rapport and relationships. Top tips.

Links referred to in the podcast:

http://www.nordicschools.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Nordic-Schools-1543417209256062/

https://teachmillions.com/


Casper can be found on LinkedIn as https://www.linkedin.com/in/casper-rongsted-2358797/
Jim can be found on Twitter as  @jimrogers72 and www.jimrogerstraining.co.uk

Rebuilding Trust CPD Trauma Session

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Rebuilding Trust: Relationships, Relationships, Relationships

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 two sessions are available at the following link http://www.sigmateachingschool.org.uk/online-training/

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.