In this episode Vijita Patel considers the strategic implementation of the Recovery Curriculum for her school, Swiss Cottage School, Development & Research Centre in London. She does this from a stance of compassionate leadership, with a clear focus on engagement in learning.
Her penetrating analysis shows how child need should inform organisational judgements, and that a constant focus should be the emotional well being of the child. A mutually respectful relationship with families as co educators, is vital at this time she says.
‘International evidence is clear that using picture books in primary schools post-disaster is an important and useful pedagogical tool. The picture books we have selected provide opportunities to discuss significant issues from living in lockdown and what the return to school means, to the fears and worries children might now have about the future.’
In conversation, Barry and Matthew reflected on the origins of the Think Piece, and Matthew, who is Principal at Baxter College, a mainstream secondary school, shares his thinking behind the 5 levers and how he and his team are applying them to plan the recovery process at Baxter College.
Reflecting on each of the 5 levers, Mat talks about the importance of ‘nimble leadership’ and being responsive to the individual needs of the whole school community in co-constructing the post pandemic curriculum, ensuring transparency throughout the journey.
The prolific Dr Tina Rae, is offering series of Coffee Time chats on youtube. This second in her series covers the really important issue of Anxiety, which will be a major emotional well being factor for many children, during and post pandemic.
The are easy to listen too, packed with information, and refreshingly practical. Highly recommended.
Oxford Brookes University, in partnership with SEBDA offers two online postgraduate certificate courses for professionals working with children and/or young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Each course carries 60 credits at Masters level and we are currently taking applications for a September 2020 start.
This question deserves at answer at this time of crisis. We have witnessed some incredible acts of kindness in our communities and in Society as a whole.
Now is the time to re evaluate what kindness can give to our own sense of well being, as well as in acts of kindness towards others. It is an essential component of the compassion that will be so essential to our school communities in the processor reconnection and recovery.
This new report from the Mental Health Foundation is timely, and worthy of consideration and implementation.
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