Course

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 8 Modules

    Provide Pastoral Care and SEND Support During Your NQT Year

    In this course, Matt Bromley turns his attention to the pastoral role that teachers fulfil in school. He shares his advice on being an effective form tutor and talks about what NQTs need to know about the SEND Code of Practice. He then walks you through the three waves of intervention and support that tend to work best for disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND. Matt also summarises your legal duties and tells you what you need to know about child protection. As well as being useful for individual CPD for new teachers, this course could form the basis of coaching and mentoring activity in schools.
  • 9 Modules

    Provide A Whole School Mental Health Offer in Primary School

    Do you want to provide a high-quality mental health offer for your primary-aged pupils? Perhaps you’re doing bits and pieces of mental health but want to pull it together into a more cohesive product? This course will give you practical advice about building your whole school offer from policy to simple classroom strategies and techniques to support mental health.  
  • 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.  
  • 11 Modules

    Get Health Education Right

    The introduction of statutory health education in September 2020 is a watershed moment; but the hard work has only just begun.  Now we need to ensure we get it right!  This course will help you to fully engage with the process of developing and delivering a health education curriculum that meets the needs of your learners, staff and families.  Whilst it’s impossible to give you all the answers, this course will make sure that you’re asking the right people the right questions and give you some clear direction and starting points to help you get Health Education right in your school.   The course has been developed and delivered by Dr Pooky Knightsmith who is an advisor to the PSHE Association and the Department for Education and who has been involved in the development and delivery of PSHE and Health Education in a wide range of schools and local authorities.  This course was inspired by a keynote presentation Pooky originally delivered to colleagues at a Headteacher Update conference which Pooky chaired.
  • 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.
  • 1 Module

    Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Your School Community

    This is a playback of a past live webinar. During this webinar, Pooky explored some simple steps to take us a little closer to meeting the mental health needs of every member of our school or college community.
  • 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.
  • 10 Modules

    Support a Grieving Adult

    When a friend, colleague or member of your community is bereaved, it can be difficult to know what to say or do.  In this course, I walk through some simple ideas to give you confidence in providing the right kind and amount of support to an adult who is grieving.  
  • 7 Modules

    Enable Children to Feel Safe so They Can Flourish

    Safety is a theme that I return to again and again in my work whether it’s about taking a trauma informed approach, enabling children with special needs to thrive or simply about creating an environment in which every child can flourish.  One of the most basic needs that must be met for every child is a feeling of safety and in this course I pick that apart and go beyond the built environment, exploring how we can enable a child to feel safe physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. The course is suitable for anyone working with or caring for children and young people and requires no specialist knowledge.
  • 14 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

    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.
  • 12 Modules

    Build Your Students’ Study Skills

    This course will explore some of the essential skills needed to help students store information in a way that it can be remembered retrieved and used when needed. The modules are sequenced to help you see the importance of making connections between nodes of knowledge, practising in unfamiliar contexts and encouraging learners to go deeper into topics. 
  • 10 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.
  • 7 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.