A Toolbox of Wellbeing – Helpful strategies & activities for children, teens, their carers & teachers

A Toolbox of Well Being – Dr Tina Rae

Highly recommended, as schools plan their Recovery Curriculum. Rooted in a secure evidence base, this book offers lots of practical suggestions for teachers as they support children’s return to school, and life after lockdown. There is a strong rationale and educational model for the activities, and I recommend it over some of the spurious materials being put out for commercial interest currently.

http://www.hintonpublishers.com/isbn_template.php?isbn=978-19-12112-55-5&x=73&y=84

 

 

 

 

Having a Test for Coronavirus: a new wordless story [Books Beyond Words]

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As lockdown measures ease, testing is more important than ever for controlling the spread of coronavirus. We felt, however, that more was needed to support people with learning disabilities and autism to understand what testing involves, how it feels and subsequently to prepare and give informed consent.

Working with Lucy Bergonzi who illustrated Beating the Virus, we’ve published: Having a Test for Coronavirus. The new story illustrates both a drive through testing centre and a home test, so that a person can decide which option is right for them and prepare. We’ve also published a shorter version of the story which shows just the home test option, as well as an A4 picture sheet illustrating just the drive through testing process. On the reverse of the picture sheet there is information for health professionals/ testers on how to make the test accessible.

As with all our coronavirus support resources, these are all completely free to download from our website:

https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/coping-with-coronavirus/#testing
Please spread the word about these new resources and pass them on to anyone who may find them helpful.

Episode 2: The Recovery Curriculum Part 2: Origins of the 5 losses and levers

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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.

Full post – please click here or the below link

https://www.evidenceforlearning.net/2020/05/28/learningshared-episode2-recoverycurriculum-2/

 

Launching – ‘The Recovery Curriculum.’

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How will it be for children when they return to school? It would be naive to think that they will pick up where they left off on the day their school went into lock down.

We have been analysing the loss children have suffered during this time, and the potential anxiety and trauma it may cause, with significant impact on their ability to learn effectively.

We have built the construct of a Recovery Curriculum, enabling schools to consider the processes they will need to put in place to successfully transition children back to school. As the word ‘construct’ suggests, this is a process of building, of co -constructing, a curriculum that is responsive to the needs of children, that harvests their experience and makes sense of it emotionally as well as cognitively.

In the coming weeks six school leaders will discuss their responses to the implications of a Recovery Curriculum in their school setting ( Primary, Secondary, and Special) In particular the pedagogy, resources and also the mental health of the children, will be considered. This podcast series will be available on: https://www.evidenceforlearning.net/recoverycurriculum

More details will be posted in the coming days.

We hope you find this thought provoking and insightful.

Stay well – stay strong.

Barry Carpenter
Professor of Mental Health in Education,
Oxford Brookes University

Matthew Carpenter
Principal, Baxter College, Kidderminster

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Emotional well-being at home

These journals, are perfect for home schooling. There are 4 journals – one for each key stage.

Being Me: KS1/2 (Yr 1-6)
https://www.butterflyprint.co.uk/product/being-me-emotional-well-being-journal-single/

Understanding Me: KS2/3 (Yr 3-9)
https://www.butterflyprint.co.uk/product/understanding-me-a-mental-wealth-journal-single/

Live Out Loud: KS3/4 (Yr 7-11)
https://www.butterflyprint.co.uk/product/live-out-loud-a-self-awareness-journal-single/

It’s All in the Mind: KS 4/5 (Yr10-13)
https://www.butterflyprint.co.uk/product/its-all-in-the-mind-dont-sweat-the-small-stuff-single/

It is important at this challenging time that we look after our children’s’ emotional well being too. I have used these journals many times with children in all types of schools , and across the ability range, ( including those with Special Needs/ Autism). They allow children, in engaging ways, to explore and deepen there understanding of complex emotions.

In support of the Coronavirus campaign the publisher, Butterfly Print , and its kind MD, Neil Walsh, are allowing single copy purchase by parents, and the delivery charge has been removed.

These are a perfect way of building a child’s emotional resilience in these turbulent times.

Barry Carpenter,PhD
Professor of Mental Health in Education,
Oxford Brookes University 

Online professional learning around Children and Young People with Complex Needs

At this present time , when teachers and teaching assistants are home based, and looking for worthwhile on line professional learning , you may like to visit  http://www.complexneeds.org.uk

16 modules of  teacher training , at 4 levels . Level A is specifically designed for Teaching Assistants. Level D , for example , is for those in Leadership roles, whether as SENCO, Assistant, Deputy or Headteacher/Principal.

The attached article details what the modules are , and their aims and purpose.

When first launched the user friendly nature of each module and the accessibility were highly praised.

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The Engagement Model

The DfE has now released the final guidance on The Engagement Model.
The guidance describes the formative and summative assessment of children as “not engaged in subject specific learning”. It will be statutory assessment in schools for those children and young people.

The guidance is an output of the Rochford Review , who have piloted the Model. It builds on the research led for the ‘DfE’, by Professor Barry Carpenter as part of the Complex Learning Disabilities and Difficulties project.

This project identified, through a systematic review of the international literature around learning in children with SEND, that ‘engagement was the single best predicator of successful learning in children with special needs/disabilities’ (Carpenter et al, 2015.)

From this solid evidence based, a pedagogy evolved through systematic research across UK schools, and a series of International trials , which created the Engagement Framework for Learning, ( www,engagement4learning.com) This includes the ‘Engagement Profile’ which aids baseline assessment, and gives insight into the learning pathways of the child with Complex Needs. The Engagement Profile is a classroom based planning tool which links to formative assessment . Both are compatible, and indeed inform , the summative assessment opportunities of the new Engagement Model.

Professor Robin McWilliam , Professor, Special Education and Multiple Abilities at the University of Alabama, USA , and a prolific writer on the subject of  Engagement  said of this new DfE publication ,”You are to be congratulated! In the U.S., we have “alternative assessment” for what, in the U.K., is known as pupils with complex needs. But states differ on what they use and none of them that I know of are focused on engagement. So, well done!

Professor McWilliam and Professor Carpenter, will present further on Engagement for Learning to an International Conference in Turkey in April, 2020 . The UK, which leads the World in so many aspects of special and inclusive education, has a major contribution to make in the area of assessment for children with Special Needs through this ground-breaking work from the Rochford Review.

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