Course

  • 8 Modules

    Reduce Teacher Workload By Becoming an Ethical Leader

    In this course, Matt Bromley talks about the part school leaders can play in reducing teacher workload. We have a teacher retention crisis in our schools.  One in 10 teachers left the profession in 2016.  Of these, an increasing proportion left the profession for other sectors rather than retiring, suggesting working conditions rather than age were driving them out. Although there are myriad reasons why teachers quit the classroom, topping the table in nearly every survey is teacher workload. This online course explores the issues and offer some practical solutions for school leaders to implement immediately. As well as being useful for individual CPD, this course could form the basis of in-school 121 coaching for prospective members of SLT.
  • 9 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

    Support Staff Mental Health & Make Reasonable Adjustments

    This course will provide you with information to help you to spot the signs and symptoms of poor mental health in your colleagues, give examples of helpful conversations about mental health, consider reasonable adjustments you can make to support colleagues in their recovery and learn about useful resources/support services you can signpost your colleagues to for further help.
  • 8 Modules

    Take Control of Your Time to Reduce Your Workload as a Teacher

    In this course, Matt Bromley shares practical ways for teachers to manage their workload in order to promote good health and wellbeing.  One in 10 teachers left the profession in 2016.  Of these, an increasing proportion left the profession for other jobs rather than retiring, suggesting working conditions not age was driving them out of the classroom.  Although there are myriad reasons why teachers quit the profession, topping the table in nearly every survey is teacher workload. So, how can teachers manage their time more effectively and ensure they strike a healthy work life balance, in order to protect their health and wellbeing?  This online course offers some tangible tips teachers can put into immediate practice.  As well as being useful for individual CPD, this course could form the basis of in-school 1-2-1 coaching for prospective members of SLT.
  • 8 Modules

    Physical Education Curriculum Design for Primary-Aged Learners

    This course provides some simple practical steps in designing an effective, inclusive, and progressive PE programme for key stages one and two and takes the pain out of curriculum design for PE. Physical Education is a key element of a child’s all-round development and the learning in primary school provides the bedrock of all future success in physical activity. In addition, there is ample evidence to show that learners who regularly engage in vigorous activity and who develop excellent levels of coordination make greater progress in other academic learning. Yet, despite the vital role PE has to play, it is often a subject which takes a back seat, partly because of other seemingly more important educational focuses or sometimes lack of teaching knowledge and expertise.
  • 5 Modules

    Day-to-Day Success as a Subject Lead or Head of Department

    Day to day management is often about being reactive rather than proactive, dealing with issues as they arise.  However, there are ways of being better prepared for the unexpected and of creating the conditions within which unforeseen crises are minimised or mitigated. This course is perfect for Subject Leaders and Heads of Department leading any discipline and is ideal for those new to the role and those just seeking their first middle leadership position.  It is a practical course, anchored in the day-to-day reality of running a department.  It follows a focused, logical sequence, and is full of real-life learning.
  • 6 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.
  • 8 Modules

    Become a More Mentally Healthy School or College

    Having supported a wide range of schools both in the UK and internationally, on their journey towards becoming more mentally healthy, I believe that there are six areas which can give a quick insight into how mentally healthy a school is and potential areas for development.  This framework has been adopted by hundreds of schools and is the focus of my best-selling book ‘The Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook’.
  • 8 Modules

    Be a Successful Subject Leader

    Subject leaders are actually leaders and managers.  They must juggle the day to day operational management of their department with longer-term strategic planning.  Effective leadership is about setting direction. This is done by agreeing and articulating a shared vision, then by setting clear goals and performance targets that help bring that vision about. Effective subject leaders model the behaviours they expect of others (such as positivity and optimism, passion and determination); they develop their colleagues through support and understanding and re-design their departments (through a process of collaboration) in order to become - or continue to be - excellent. This course is perfect for Subject Leaders and Heads of Department leading any discipline and is ideal for those new to the role and those just seeking their first middle leadership position.  It is a practical course, anchored in the day-to-day reality of running a department.  It follows a focused, logical sequence, and is full of real-life learning.
  • 10 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.
  • 1 Module

    Staff Wellbeing: 4 Ideas for Leaders Who Care

    This is a playback of a past live webinar.  Aimed at middle and senior leaders who are keen to support the wellbeing of their team, this webinar will explore four simple ideas that will help you to lead with empathy and compassion and look after the wellbeing of your incredible teams during these… interesting… times.
  • 1 Module

    Simple Steps to Boost Staff Wellbeing

    This is a playback of a past live webinar. Schools are challenging workplaces at the best of times and 2020 has been quite a year for us all! With this in mind, we’ll be exploring some simple strategies to ensure that our staff are happy and healthy and that they feel heard and valued in their roles.  We’ll explore a range of strategies from high impact, quick fixes to longer term ideas to address underlying issues with culture and ethos.
  • 1 Module

    New to the Role- Mental Health Lead

    This is a playback of a past live webinar. What exactly is the role of the mental health lead?  How should you prioritise your time?  How can you persuade others of the importance of your role and work and what happens if some people just don’t get it?  You’ll explore all these questions and others commonly asked by those new or aspiring to the role of mental health lead with Pooky who’ll help you maximise your impact in the role without risking your own wellbeing.
  • 1 Module

    Leading a School in the Context of COVID

    This is a playback of a past live webinar.  During this one hour webinar, you’ll explore a range of ideas for effectively and confidently leading your department and curriculum through the pandemic. Common questions including safety, catch up curriculums, effective use of the Coronavirus Catch Up Premium, exam uncertainty and remote learning will all be addressed.
  • 1 Module

    Getting Parents with a Fear of School Onsite and Onside

    This is a recording of a past webinar, Pooky explore 5 simple ideas for engaging with parents and carers whose personal experiences of schools mean that they are fearful or untrusting of school and are less likely to engage. There is no quick win, but these simple ideas which don't need to cost anything to implement have worked well in many schools.”
  • 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.
  • 1 Module

    Subject Leadership in the Context of COVID

    This is a playback of a past live webinar. During this one hour webinar, you’ll explore a range of ideas for effectively and confidently leading your department and curriculum through the pandemic. Common questions including safety, catch up curriculums, effective use of the Coronavirus Catch Up Premium, exam uncertainty and remote learning will all be addressed. This session is suitable for heads of department and subject leads and deputies or those aspiring to the role.
  • 1 Module

    Supporting Autistic Children to Return to School

    This is a playback of a past live webinar.  In this webinar, Pooky explores how we can ensure that autistic children and young people are able to successfully return to school, especially if it feels like a bit of an impossible task right now.