Course

  • 7 Modules

    Spot and Support Dyspraxia

    This is a course for anyone new to Dyspraxia 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.
  • 7 Modules

    Spot and Support Speech, Language & Communication Needs

    This is a course for anyone new to Speech, Language and Communication Needs and wanting to find out more about them. 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

    Step up to HLTA: Develop Your Planning 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 TA’s 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 HLTA’s and look at which approaches, theories and structure can help guide you in making the best decisions when planning. This course is therefore aimed at TA’s aspiring to become HLTA’s, or HLTA’s wishing to develop their knowledge in this area.
  • 10 Modules

    Understand the Risks Posed to Children by Radicalisation and Extremism

    This course is essential for anyone working or volunteering in a school. It will equip you with the skills to understand the risks posed by radicalisation and extremism, what to look out for in your context and how to respond to concerns. The course will also ensure that you understand the legal duties placed on professionals in relation to radicalisation and extremism and give you the confidence to respond appropriately to incidents in your setting.
  • 8 Modules

    Spot and Support Attachment Disorder

    This is a course for anyone new to Attachment Disorder 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.
  • 10 Modules

    Help Children Enjoy Lunchtimes

    Working with pupils during the school lunchtime can be one of the most challenging roles in school. With children having the most freedom and space during this unstructured time, behaviours can deteriorate, which can lead to a whole host of difficulties for staff. These films are therefore aimed at providing a basis for understanding how and why pupils behave in particular ways and how as adults, our behaviours are crucial to changing a culture.  
  • 13 Modules

    Spot and Support Return-to-School Wellbeing Challenges

    There are a whole series of issues that we can expect to see in our pupils in the coming months.  To help you spot the signs and take appropriate action, I’ve outlined a range of potential concerns, when to worry and suggested next steps.  
  • 13 Modules

    Identify the Signs of the Four Main Types of Abuse

    This is an introductory course for all staff and volunteers working directly with children in schools. It is important that everyone who works with children has a good understanding of the signs and symptoms of abuse, so that they can take action to protect children who are suffering harm. This course will guide you through the four main types of abuse and some of the things you might see, hear or experience if a child you know is being abused or neglected.
  • 8 Modules

    Build Your Confidence as a Maths Teacher

    Maths is like Marmite, some love it, some shudder at the mere thought of it. However, teaching Maths doesn’t have to feel scary! This course is designed to support those who want to become confident when delivering all types of Maths lessons. We will explore efficient preparation before a lesson and how small changes can make BIG differences in your teaching and the children’s learning.  
  • 8 Modules

    Identify and Respond to Signs that a Child is Living with Domestic Abuse

    This is an introductory course for all staff and volunteers working directly with children in schools. Domestic abuse is prevalent in the UK and affects thousands of children across the country. The course will outline the main types of domestic abuse, what to look out for and how to respond if you think a child is living in a domestically abusive environment.
  • 9 Modules

    Identify the Risks to Children Posed Online

    This is an introductory course for all staff and volunteers working directly with children in schools. This course looks at the main risks to children online, considers the major platforms that children use (social media, gaming and live streaming) and examines how each of those platforms poses a different risk to children. We will consider how children can abuse each other online and then examine how we can work to keep children safe.
  • 12 Modules

    Establish Relationships Quickly with Students You Don’t Know

    Supply teaching, NQTs, trainees, cover supervisors, Covid19 lockdown rotas and ‘oh, Sue’s away – can you just cover her year 9s period 4?’…throughout our teaching careers there are many times that we will be required to cover classes and teach lessons that we may have had little or no time to prepare for. This course gives you an overview and practical solutions to establishing relationships with pupils when you might only have 47 mins with 34 of them. The course has been developed by Adele Bates, Behaviour and Education Specialist. She is an educator and advocator for inclusion in education and students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. With over 18 years’ experience, Adele teaches these pupils in a variety of educational settings and trains others to do so. She is a TEDx Speaker 2020 and a forthcoming author of the Behaviour Guide “Miss, I don’t give a sh*t.”  with Sage Publications.
  • 9 Modules

    Promote Resilience Using Pooky’s 4Ps

    During this course, Pooky summarises a simple, evidence-based approach to promoting resilience in the face of adversity.  You’ll learn about the evidence underpinning the approach and how the 4Ps of parents, peers, problem-solving and passion can be used as a framework for promoting resilience in the children in your care using a very simple action planning template which focuses on both risk and protective factors. This course has been developed by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally recognised mental health expert and author. The content is based on a paper commissioned by Health Education England and Young Minds as part of the ‘Addressing Adversity’ project.  Pooky has run workshops on the 4Ps approach across the UK and internationally and this simple, evidence based approach has provided a practical focus colleagues from across a wide range of settings.
  • 7 Modules

    Support Attainment in English for Autistic Pupils

    This is a course for anyone who is working with pupils with autistic tendencies or diagnosis. Following on from our ‘Spot and Support Autism’, we take a more in depth look at how being on the Autistic Spectrum can affect attainment in school. We will unpick the triad of impairment; the 3 core areas that help define ASC and develop our understanding of how a child may be operating within these. From here we can unpick the areas of the English curriculum which present the most challenges. Most importantly we’ll look at what practically we can do to support our pupils navigate what can often be a very difficult, confusing and unfulfilling journey. 
  • 7 Modules

    Understand Your Role within Safeguarding and Child Protection

    This is an introductory course for all staff and volunteers working directly with children in schools. This course will help you to understand the differences between safeguarding and child protection, what your key responsibilities are and most importantly, what to do if you think a child is suffering, or is at risk of suffering, harm.
  • 7 Modules

    Spot and Support Autism

    This is a course for anyone new to Autism 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 traits 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

    Support Young People with Eating Disorders

    Eating disorders are really hard to understand and can leave us very worried about doing and saying the wrong thing, fearful that we’ll make things worse. Consequently, many people do not try to help at all. In this course I’ve tried to help you build your current strengths and understanding to give you some ideas about how to support a child or young person with an eating disorder even though you’re not an expert. You won’t get it right all the time, none of us do… but these simple ideas will build your confidence and enable you to make a difference to any child you are working with or caring for regardless of your role and experience.
  • 1 Module

    COVID and attachment: what’s the impact, how can we help?

    This is a playback of a past live webinar. Pooky Knightsmith explores the potential impact of lockdown on the ability of small children to build and maintain relationships and what this might mean when restrictions are lifted.  She considers the potential risks of the current situation and how to mitigate these and she thinks too about how we can lean into some of the benefits that the pandemic can bring for bond building.
  • 9 Modules

    How to Create a Personal Wellbeing Action Plan

    Wellbeing action plans are an evidence-based approach to promoting wellbeing.  They can be used by children or adults and give a clear, simple framework for staying well. This course gives you an overview of the different elements of a wellbeing action plan and some clear pointers for developing an effective plan.  The framework provided can help to clarify your thoughts and actions whether it’s your own wellbeing that you’re looking to promote or if you’re supporting a pupil or colleague.  The process of writing the plan is every bit as important as actually implementing it and this is especially true when it comes to planning ahead for the holidays with more vulnerable pupils. This course is suitable for anyone interested in developing a wellbeing action plan for themselves or in supporting a child or adult to write one. The course has been developed and delivered by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, a mental health expert who has supported hundreds of adults and children to develop wellbeing action plans through workshops and also through her book “The Mentally Health Schools Workbook” which has an entire chapter dedicated to supporting staff to develop wellbeing action plans.
  • 9 Modules

    Help the Demand Avoidant (PDA) Child in Your Class

    In this course you will learn about the characteristics of Pathological Demand Avoidance - PDA, a profile of the autism spectrum. Children who present as demand avoidant will also have high levels of anxiety, making everyday tasks seem overwhelming to them and result in refusing, withdrawing or shutting down to avoid doing things.  This can be very challenging in a school environment and can often be overlooked or misinterpreted. We will look at all the ways that a child may present with PDA and how to spot the triggers alongside strategies to help support these children. While autism approaches may be helpful for addressing sensory issues we will also look at the flexible and collaborative approaches that are needed for the child who is demand avoidant.  This course will help you to learn new creative strategies and knowledge to support the child in school as well as enabling the child to feel understood and supported through their time in education. This course is for anyone who would like to gain greater knowledge of PDA and be better equipped to support the child in feeling able to engage with their environment and learning.