Course

  • 8 Modules

    How to be Kinder to Yourself

    We all have an internal monologue, that voice in your head. In this course we get you to think about what that voice is like – is it harsh and critical or kind and encouraging? We all live in a world with increasing pressures and this course will help you to take a step back and reflect on how to be kinder to yourself – what sort of friend are you to yourself?

  • 8 Modules

    Anxiety – 5 Simple Coping Strategies

    This mini-course has been developed by Pooky to share with you 5 very simple strategies that can be used by adults or children to help them to manage day to day feelings of anxiety.  These strategies will not change the underlying issues, but they can help us to get through each day without feeling completely overwhelmed.
  • 7 Modules

    How to Make a Success of Distance Learning

    In the spring of 2020, Matt led a course on remote learning in which he explored the emerging evidence of what works in online delivery. In this follow-up course, he delves deeper into the research and also shares lots of practical tips - based on his own experience of teaching online during the Covid-19 pandemic – for making a success of your online teaching.
  • 7 Modules

    Support Children with Their Reading

    This course is designed to teach you some of the basics on how to support reading with some strategies which have been tried and tested. It will get you started on thinking about what you can do to support reading.
  • 10 Modules

    Support Your Worried Child

    During these uncertain times we all face, perhaps you have found yourself in the challenging position as a parent or carer with a child who is now attending school remotely or on a distanced learning basis. This can be a worrying time for children and young people as well as adults. Children are missing their friends and the goal posts are constantly changing about school and how they are expected to learn. In this course, I will give you some strategies to support you in communicating about mental health and feelings. This course has been designed for parents/carers with a child in primary school and requires no previous training or knowledge.
  • 7 Modules

    Why are so Many Autistic Girls Missed in School?

    In this course we explore why it can be hard to pick up on autism in girls.  We then consider some of the warning signs we can be looking out for and the practical steps we can take to support a girl if we believe she may be autistic.

    This on-demand course was inspired by a learn live session run by Pooky which over a thousand people registered to attend.

  • 11 Modules

    Support Students Who Self-Harm: 8 Ideas That Work

    In this course Pooky will walk you through eight practical ideas and approaches to enable you to better support students who are currently self-harming.  This will aid your understanding and your confidence. The course is suitable for anyone working with or supporting a young person who is self-harming in any way.  These videos could also make a useful focus for team INSET.
  • 10 Modules

    Effectively Work with Other Adults in School

    This is a great course for all teaching assistants, especially those new to the role or new to a school, and helpful for supporting and training colleagues. Here we look at the expectations around how teaching assistants engage with other adults, within the school community and those visiting. We take a look at how we need to be mindful of what knowledge can be shared and when, and how to engage effectively with other, being mindful of the sensitivity of some situations and conversations. 

  • 9 Modules

    Reducing Exclusions Through a Trauma Informed Approach

    A trauma informed response is one where we create an environment where children who’ve experienced trauma or adversity feel safe, can emotionally regulate and are more able to engage with life and learning.  This approach can reduce exclusions and increase engagement with learning both within and beyond the classrooms as children are supported to move beyond a fear response into a calmer state where learning becomes a possibility and anger and anxiety responses become better regulated.

  • 10 Modules

    Effectively Support Students in Their Learning

    The expectations around how we support staff and pupils in the area of teaching and learning are very much in the spotlight, as research is looking at what impact they are making. Here we look at the professional standards in this area and unpick the key elements that need to be demonstrated.  This is a great course for all teaching assistants, especially those new to the role or new to a school, and helpful for supporting and training colleagues. There are also helpful ideas in here that anyone working with or caring for children may find useful.
  • 10 Modules

    Understanding Peer on Peer Abuse

    All schools and colleges have clearly defined responsibilities in relation to peer on peer (child on child) abuse. However, peer on peer abuse can manifest in a number of ways. It can be a very complicated issue and difficult to unpick. This course is designed to equip you with a thorough understanding of what peer on peer abuse is and what it looks like, as well as your responsibilities in relation to peer on peer abuse. You will finish the course with a refreshed understanding of the issue and three top tips for minimising peer on peer abuse in your school.
  • 11 Modules

    Improve Children’s Sleep With These Top Tips

    Sleep is absolutely vital for positive physical and emotional wellbeing. This course will give you an understanding of how sleep works and why it’s so important. We will look at some of the potential barriers to getting a good quality night’s sleep and then give you some practical strategies and tips to help improve sleep. If you are a parent this course will also help you to understand a bit more about supporting your child to get a good night’s sleep.
  • 8 Modules

    Step up to HLTA: Develop Your Monitoring & Assessing Skills

    The biggest jump from TA to HLTA for most is the introduction of ‘Professional Skills’, that is the expectations around planning, teaching and learning, monitoring and assessment. Whereas TAs are very much directed by teachers, stepping up to working with and contributing to these areas can be daunting. Here we take this section of the professional standards for HLTAs and look at which approaches, theories and structure can help guide you in making the best decisions when monitoring and assessing. This course is therefore aimed at TAs aspiring to become HLTAs, or HLTAs wishing to develop their knowledge in this area.
  • 13 Modules

    Give Outstanding Instruction to Improve Student Outcomes

    Research and surveys tell us that high quality instruction is one of the most important influences on student outcomes. This course is based on research on how effective instruction works.  
  • 9 Modules

    Support Your Primary School Pupils Experiencing Mental Health Issues

    Teachers can feel nervous about providing their pupils with mental health support. They can feel under-qualified, inexperienced and lack confidence. The result can be that some pupils’ needs are ignored. But helping our pupils with their mental health doesn’t have to be so hard. This course offers practical ways for leaders to give their school community care and support when they need it most. 
  • 7 Modules

    Spot and Support ADHD

    This is a course for anyone new to ADHD and wanting to find out more about it. It aims to give you the basics so that you can start to identify pupils who may be displaying tendencies and work with those pupils to support their needs. We’ll therefore give you advice and simple ideas you can put into practice straight away and approaches to adapt and trial. It may be that the pupil needs further support so we’ll talk about what other avenues you may want to pursue. Great for teachers new to the profession, support staff or anyone wanting to check their understanding and support pupils to have the best possible outcomes.
  • 9 Modules

    Develop Your Knowledge & Understanding as a Teaching Assistant (TA)

    This is a great course for all teaching assistants, especially those new to the role or new to a school, and helpful for supporting and training colleagues. The expectations around knowledge and understanding is shifting from training being ‘given’ to staff, to TA’s sharing responsibility to ensure their own knowledge is up to date. With support from the school TA’s should be looking to gain qualifications or experiences and from this, be able to demonstrate theses expertise in their role.  Here we explore how TA’s may do this, where to look and what may be good routes to explore. 
  • 10 Modules

    Develop Your Professional Conduct – a course for TAs

    This is a great course for all teaching assistants, especially those new to the role or new to a school, and helpful for supporting and training colleagues. The expectations around how teaching assistants present themselves can often be based on a set of ‘unwritten rules’ that are deduced through careful watching and mirroring. It is therefore hard to know when you may have ‘crossed the line’ as without a guide to professional conduct how do you know? Here we look at the professional standards set out around the area and specifically talk about what these may look like in a real life/school context. 
  • 9 Modules

    Protect Children from and Responding to Incidents of Female Genital Mutilation

    Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a very serious form of abuse that affects women and girls across the globe and within the United Kingdom. This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to identify and seek help for women and girls that may have been a victim of FGM, or are at risk of undergoing FGM. This is an introductory course for all staff and volunteers working directly with children in schools.