Course

  • 5 Modules

    Improve the Behaviour of Challenging Girls

    Behaviour is a whole-school issue, and challenging behaviour manifests across all genders. This course looks beyond the stereotypes at the real and observed challenges that may relate to some girls. We are drawing on a range of sources and research in order to encourage discussions as to what those challenges are, how gender specific issues and approaches need to be critiqued and contextualised,  and how to address those challenges in a whole-school and classroom context that enables everyone to be heard and valued.
  • 6 Modules

    Prevent Poor Behaviour by Motivating & Engaging Pupils

    In this course, which is the second of three courses on the subject of behaviour management, Matt Bromley talks about the importance of motivation and engagement as a means of preventing poor behaviour. As well as being useful for individual CPD for teachers, this course could form the basis of whole-school training or one to one coaching.
  • 13 Modules

    Understand Anxiety: 10 Things You Need to Know

    This course provides an accessible introduction to anxiety and provides useful pointers for any adult supporting a child with anxiety.  Common misunderstandings and misconceptions are addressed, we consider some potential pitfalls to avoid and we explore a range of simple, practical ideas for supporting anxious children.
  • 8 Modules

    Promote Emotional Regulation in Autistic Children

    Life can be pretty challenging for autistic children as they try to fit within a world that doesn’t always make sense to them on terms that don’t quite work for them.  Sometimes, anxiety, anger or sheer exhaustion can bubble over and result in challenging behaviour which is distressing both for the child and the adults supporting them.  There is a lot that we can do to change the environment rather than the child, but this course focuses in on how we can support autistic children to recognise and regulate how they’re feeling, to give them the best chance of managing alongside their peers because maybe the whole world needs to change, but until that happens, these simple ideas can change how the world feels for the child you’re supporting.

    This course is suitable for any adult working with or caring for an autistic child or, to be honest, any child.  As with so much of the work we do for children special needs, these ideas are widely applicable and will do good (and certainly no harm) for any child but will do especial good with children who are (or might be) autistic.

  • 7 Modules

    Be the Adult a Grieving Child Needs

    When a child experiences the death of a loved one, the adults around them play a hugely important role both in supporting in the immediate aftermath and also of helping to support and guide the child towards the future.  This course explores what children most need from adults at such a difficult time and shares practical ideas for how we can step up and fulfil such an important role with confidence.
  • 9 Modules

    Support Young People to Break the Cycle of Self-Harm

    Self-harm is a topic that many people feel puzzled or scared by so this course aims to demystify it for you and help you to gain an understanding of the motivations behind self-harm and how we can use this understanding to support a young person to a place of relative safety.  There is no quick fix nor a one size fits all answer here, but this course will boost your confidence and give you some clear ideas about how best to support children or young people who are currently self-harming.   This course has been developed by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally recognised mental health expert and author of “Can I tell you about Self-harm – a guide for parents friends and professionals” and “Self-harm and eating disorders in schools” which was based on her PhD research into the topic.
  • 10 Modules

    Turn Around the Behaviour of a Tricky Class

    You’ve got one of those classes. You start to dread period 3 on a Tuesday (or most mornings if you’re in Primary or Early Years…) You feel like you’re losing control of yourself and any supposed learning that should be going on… All is not lost. You can turn these classes around. This course leads you through key strategies and actionable approaches that help you step back, re-evaluate, re-establish routines, relationships and a focus on learning – all whilst looking after yourself. The strategies have actionable points that help you actually implement them with your classes. This course is suitable as independent CPD for early career teachers, or as a guide for mentors and managers to use to support staff.
  • 6 Modules

    Be the Adult a Child Needs During Lockdown

    At a time when everything feels uncertain, children of all ages are looking to the adults in their lives for guidance and reassurance. That can be difficult when we are also struggling to come to terms with a new normal and have no idea quite what the future holds. However, there are simple steps we can take to support the children in our care and protect their wellbeing. These ideas are evergreen and are a good focus to support children at any time, but right now they’re more important than ever. The course has been developed and delivered by Dr Pooky Knightsmith  and in brought to you in collaboration with SecEd and Headteacher Update magazines.
  • 7 Modules

    Support a Safe & Successful Return to School using the SWAN framework

    These videos and the accompanying guided discussion template aim to enable you to use the SWAN framework as a springboard for thinking about the return to school for children and adults. Remember – the swan looks like they are gracefully gliding across the surface, whilst in fact they are frantically paddling beneath the water.  Right now, our children need us more than ever to be the swan. S – safe W – welcoming A – all together N - nurturing I would recommend having as many staff, students and families as possible engage with the course or the ensuing discussions.  Try to foster an environment of creativity, collaboration and commitment to one another and your children. We do not know the answers yet, but we’ll find better ones if we search for them together. I truly hope this is helpful.  THANK YOU for all that you are doing.
  • 11 Modules

    Create a Truly Inclusive Environment Where Children with Special Needs Can Thrive

    During this course we walk through a simple framework for promoting a truly inclusive environment that feels safe and nurturing for all children and especially those with special educational needs or social, emotional or mental health issues. Inspired by the 4S framework developed by Daniel J Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson for parents, we consider our role as adults working with, caring for or supporting young people with special needs and the small but meaningful changes we might make to the physical, social, emotional and cognitive environment to enable them to thrive both now – and in the future as every positive experience helps to create and strengthen neural pathways; laying the foundation for future positive experiences. This course was developed for SENDCos (special needs leads in UK schools) and so the course will be of especial interest to anyone supporting a child or children with special needs or emotional wellbeing issues.  However, there is much of interest here for anyone who works with or cares for a child. The ideas are widely applicable and highly adaptable and you’ll be able to readily apply them to your work and life. This course was developed and delivered by Dr Pooky Knightsmith who has a PhD in child and adolescent mental health and has spent many years as a governor at a range of special schools and who has led many training events for staff and parents supporting children with SEND. A version of this course was originally part of an online SENDCo training event commissioned by the Girls Day School Trust in the UK.
  • 11 Modules

    Understand the Biological Underpinnings of Autism and ADHD

      During this course we are looking to demystify ADHD and ASD.  We get to grips with the neurobiological underpinnings of each condition and learn where there is commonality and difference both in the biology and also in the behaviours we might observe. We go on to explore what SEMH is and isn’t and how it links to SEND before taking a step away from the labels, diagnoses and neuroscience to remember that we’re here to talk about living, breathing little people. A version of this course was originally part of an online SENDCo training event commissioned by the Girls Day School Trust in the UK.
  • 12 Modules

    Run Effective Meetings

    The art of organising and running effective meetings is one that can be learned and there are simple changes that you can make right away that will enable your meetings to take less time and have more impact.  In this course we walk you through the key things to consider and help you build the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to make your meetings more meaningful.   This course has been developed and delivered by Dr Pooky Knightsmith who has had a wealth of experience running meetings well (and badly!) as a company director, a trustee and a chair of governors.
  • 7 Modules

    Manage Pupils’ Behaviour to Improve Teaching and Learning

    In this course, which is the first of three courses on the subject of behaviour management, Matt Bromley offers practical, sensible advice on how to manage student behaviour in the classroom. He shares seven easy-to-implement strategies and emphasises the importance of establishing good routines to limit the amount of time spent off-task. As well as being useful for individual CPD for school leaders, this course could form the basis of in-school training sessions for new staff as well as provide a useful reminder of some effective behaviour management strategies for more experienced colleagues struggling with particular cohorts.
  • 10 Modules

    Break the cycle of emotionally based school avoidance (school refusal)

    During this course, you’ll learn about how the cycle of school avoidance develops, and the part we may unwittingly play in that, as well as exploring a range of simple steps that you can take, alongside families, to support children to return to school and engage regularly and meaningfully; helping school turn from a place of fear to a place of safety for the child. We also explore the steps we can take to spot the early warning signs and prevent a school avoidance cycle from developing as well as exploring some universal strategies that we can employ to make school feel like a safer and more inviting place for every child. The course has been developed and delivered by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally respected child and adolescent mental health expert who has worked closely with a range of schools and local authorities to develop their approach to emotionally based school avoidance.
  • 9 Modules

    Meet the Mental Health Needs of Pupils with SEND

    Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are many times more likely than their peers to have a diagnosable mental health issue, but these often go undetected and there is much uncertainty about how best to help.  This course tackles the issue head on; first exploring why prevalence is high and recognition is low and the implications for this on our practice.  We then go on to consider how a very simple, three question plan can form the basis of our recognition of and response to those children who are struggling.  We acknowledge throughout that children with SEND are highly diverse, and you are encouraged to consider how best to apply the ideas in the course to the particular children you have in mind.   The course has been developed and delivered by Dr Pooky Knightsmith who has a PhD in child and adolescent mental health and has spent many years as a governor at a range of special schools and who has led many training events for staff and parents supporting children with SEND.  This course is based on training originally commissioned by the Department for Education in Gibraltar.
  • 12 Modules

    Spot the Warning Signs of Poor Mental Health

    This course highlights a series of warning signs that might indicate that a child or young person is in need of support with their emotional wellbeing or mental health.  The list has been specifically devised to draw on the warning signs that are most easily picked up within a school setting and as well as exploring each individual warning sign, we also explore exactly when to worry – and when not to as well.   The course has been developed by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally recognised child and adolescent mental health expert and author of The Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook.
  • 7 Modules

    How to Stay Mentally Well at Work

    This course explores a range of simple and highly practical steps that individuals can take to promote their wellbeing in the workplace.  It recognises the unique challenges faced by those in education and considers some tried and tested strategies for overcoming these.  Each module ends with a challenge – these are simple small actions which should be relatively easy to execute and which will enable you to take a step in the right direction.  For example, can you find a few precious minutes to sit down and focus on eating your lunch… without talking about work?  Challenge accepted?   The course has been developed by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally recognised mental health expert and author of The Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook.  
  • 12 Modules

    Bereavement: 10 Simple Ways to Support

    When a child loses someone they love, it can be hard to know how best to help – sadly, this is a situation that we can’t fix.  But, there is lots that we can do support the child to feel a little better in this moment and to provide a little hope for the future which is the focus of this course which provides you with a wide range of practical ideas. Working through these modules will help you frame your support in such a way that gives you confidence you are doing the right thing and will enable the child you are supporting to feel heard, seen and safe. This course has been developed by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally recognised mental health expert and author.  The course is based on training session first commissioned by Penhaligon’s Friends.  A Cornwall based charity which specialises in supporting children who’ve been bereaved.