This month I was thrilled to be a part of the For Flourishing’s Sake book launch. I am a contributor to the book (in fact a quote from me is on the first page, which got be a little bit excited!) and I chaired the first panel with some of the other guest contributors.
Headteachers, Governors and School Leaders have had to make some impossible decisions lately. In the UK our lack of clear guidelines from government, has led to many Heads having to interpret – but not really know if they are doing the right thing.
A free, easy tool to support wellbeing AND academic progress (during lockdown, transition AND in the classroom)
Whilst writing a chapter for my book I found myself getting all re-excited about one of my favourite classroom practices. It’s free, can help you build relationships, prepare pupils for exams, work with any year group and can be adapted for foreign learners, SEND and different subject – Free writing
This week, fellow Midlandser Mark Goodwin shared a blog post that moved me – it encapsulates many of my own thoughts and hopes for our eventual transition back into schools. Mark has allowed me to share it with my community here.
During lockdown I was honoured to help form and join the Education Wellbeing Collective. We are a group of teachers, heads and consultants who are supporting and championing the evolution of wellbeing in schools and their communities.
The one big thing I have learnt from remote teaching – (which will be useful for schools *when/if/ahhh* we go back…)
Teaching pupils with behavioural needs is fun at the best of times – and now we’ve been doing it remotely. Aside from the the steep technical learning curve, I have learnt some new things about teaching.
I was recently asked to write on this topic for Optimus Education. Here is the opening extract, the full article is on the Optimus Education website.
What is SEMH? How do we differentiate for them? What is it like to have EBD – and why can’t they just follow instructions and behave? In this post I look at ways of understanding and supporting SEMH pupils.
This week I was invited to host a live webinar for the members of The Adopter Hub on Homeschooling for children with additional Behavioural Needs – during lockdown Covid19. This blog post outlines the main points we covered.
This week’s guest blogger is someone I regard as an esteemed colleague – really moving and shaking the educational world at its core! Kate McAllister re-caught my attention recently during a live panel discussion we were both invited to contribute to – Mental Health & Wellbeing Panel in Education during Covid19.
Guest blogger Anna Harrington; Occupational Health Advisor and co-founder of Wellbieng & Health in Business (WHIB), offers us some practical tips on how to manage ourselves, our staff and our schools during times of high stress.
At the end of March I was part of the Mental Health & Wellbeing Panel for #Covid19MHWBpanel. Among other things we discussed homeschooling, how teachers can support carers and parents, how adults can support children, how we can all look after ourselves, and what this might mean for approaches to education.
If challenging behaviour is leaving you tired, frustrated and dreading certain lessons, here are some simple steps you can take to start shifting the behaviour issues in your classroom, and get pupils learning!
Pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health issues need support and differentiation both in the classroom with the work and across the whole school. What have you got in place? In this post I look at some of the questions and offer some tips.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is compulsory from September 2020 for all pupils. How are we going to get this right for the often ‘harder to reach’ – and SEND pupils?
The obstacles to pupils reading are rarely to do with the skill itself, but more often associations of reading in their educational journey. So how do we work with pupils who may have Social Emotional Mental Health difficulties (SEMH) as well as more traditional difficulties, such as dyslexia?
February is LGBT+ History Month.
It feels a special one this year, in September 2020 it becomes compulsory for all schools to teach about LGBT+ relationships, sex education (RSE) and health education in England.
At the end of 2019 I had some very exciting news, not only I was invited to speak at my first TEDx event, but I also secured a publishing contract with Sage & Corwin, so January this year has seen me begin the process of birthing my first book…