ACTIVE RECOVERY | Launched Today!

A new Active Recovery Hub is launching to provide schools, local authorities, and families with easy access to free resources to get children moving before, during and after the school day , co-ordinated by the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England.

The hub has hundreds of free resources available on it to help all children of all ages and abilities achieve the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation of an average of 60 active minutes a day.

Supporting the launch Professor Barry Carpenter CBE, said: “The pandemic has had such a devastating impact on the social and emotional wellbeing of our children, causing high levels of mental distress. Active Recovery offers a positive and proactive route to recovery which builds physical fitness, stamina and social skills.”

The Active Recovery Hub is available by visiting

Read the full press release below:


Recovery Curriculum – Interview Reflections

In this article Michael Surr, Editor of NASEN Connect interviews Barry and Matthew Carpenter about their reflections on the implementation of the Recovery Curriculum during the last 12 months.

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What you really need to know about Engagement – Podcast series

Professor Barry Carpenter, Bev Cockbill, and and expert panel, discuss the use and application of Engagement as pedagogy, formative, and summative assessment.

All three podcasts have now been released.

The links are below:Episode 17: Engagement (Part 1) Lecture Presentation – What you really need to know about Engagement

Episode 18: Engagement (Part 2) A Panel Discussion – Reflections on Engagement

Episode 19: Engagement (Part 3) A Panel Discussion – Innovations around Engagement

Here’s the videos for each



EfL Networking & Development Virtual Event 25th Mar 2021: Engagement in Action
Here’s the video for the event:

Episode 17: Engagement (Part 1) – What you really need to know about Engagement

The episode explores the genesis of Engagement, its relevance and application to vulnerable children with a whole range of learning needs. In a lecture presentation entitled “What you really need to know about Engagement”, Prof. Barry Carpenter CBE OBE FCCT and Beverley Cockbill ask the question, of all children, of all ages and abilities, “how does this child learn?”

Discussion is given to how Engagement illuminates the learning pathway; how the lens of Engagement can refine the focus of the learning process, leading to the capture of attainment and achievement.

They look at the research evidence for Engagement, and its contribution as a fundamental building block in child development. A multi – dimensional perspective is adopted – to pedagogy. to the processes of teaching and learning, to its use for formative assessment, through to the existing initiative for the Engagement Model, (DfE 2019), as statutory summative assessment for children ’ not engaged in subject specific learning ” – a recommendation from the Rochford Review (2016).

The message of the podcast is timely, not only for the statutory implementation from September 2021, but for the consequences for children’s learning and well being arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic. Many children will return to school, post Lockdown, with a ‘spikey profile‘ of learning , and are disengaged from the curriculum. Monitoring the ways the child can be re engaged, identifying the ‘hooks’ that can draw the child back to authentic engagement in the curriculum, is key. On this journey of re-engagement, the Engagement Profile is an invaluable tool, for baseline assessment, observation and formative assessment.

Through case studies which define and clarify the 5 Areas of Engagement, the podcast illustrates how the Engagement approach can ‘wrap around’ each child, and illuminate their learning pathways. This will be a much wider group than originally conceived, but the capacity of Engagement to be a bedrock upon which teachers can rebuild the child as a learner is unequivocal, and its potential for change and transformation in learning, undeniable.

Here’s the episode page (below) which includes the episode overview, links to articles and the Engagement4 Learning website .


Check out the SEND extension (from the DfE) to new Relationships, Health and Sex Education curriculum framework

The training module on teaching RSHE to pupils with SEND (MS Powerpoint Presentation, 318KB) should help you:

  • Understand your duties regarding SEND and relationships, sex and health education
  • Recognise some of the challenges pupils with SEND may face in these subjects
  • Appreciate some of the approaches you might take to mitigate these challenges

Grief in Children – using ‘The Bereavement Box’ (Updated)

In this recording, Professor Carpenter discusses the issue of grief, loss and mourning in children during this pandemic period.

The Bereavement Box resource can obtained from the following website link: nurtureuk

‘A Little Guide for Parents on Home Schooling During Lockdowns.’ – Laura Purser, University of Buckingham

As the author says in her introduction to this excellent resource guide for parents.

“Knowing how to home school is not something parents are born knowing. Even fully trained teachers and those working directly in education, may find themselves thrown as to how to navigate their way through these circumstances flung upon them. Balancing the emotional turbulence of the pandemic and all that comes with it is enough to throw us off kilter. Add to that the media diet of fear and breaking news, social media notifications and a constant stream of conflicting and ambitious information, it can be a minefield to know what to do for the best”

This booklet not only offers thoughtful guidance, (from someone who is home schooling her child) but a reflective piece that enables parents to frame their own emotions and experiences of home schooling in Lockdown. On top of that it offers some useful tips,  and points to invaluable resources.
At a time when there is nothing to support parents in these most challenging of times, this free guide is extremely welcome.


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Help using the Evidence for Learning App to support Home-based Learning


Hi Barry

We wanted to get in touch to offer our support in light of the latest policies and rules around school closures and home-based learning.  

If you would like any assistance with setting up EfL Parent (Engagement & Empowerment) Tools and/or starting to create and use EfL Activities to support home learning then we are here to help.

As ever there are lots of step by step guides and videos available within the EfL Online Resource Centre and we are also available to have a Zoom meeting with you and some of your colleagues to explore these tools further.

We're planning an EfL LearningShared Community event that will look at how a number of schools have used the Activity Channel and Library to facilitate home-based learning, both during lockdowns, shielding and in supporting general home-school transitions and learning. More details will follow over the coming days.

We've also listed details of some of the other community events and networking/development opportunities that are planned for 2021 at the bottom of this email.

EfL Parent (Engagement & Empowerment) Tools

EfL Parent (Engagement & Empowerment) tools enable you to quickly and easily share evidence and PDF reports directly with your Learners parents/carers, through a secure web-based parent website that works on PCs, Macs, Chromebooks and all mobile devices (tablets and phones). School can also share Activities (see below) with learners and their families that can be done at home or outside school. Parents/carers are also able to record videos, take photos and collect evidence of learning and good work at home or anywhere else outside of school.

Here is a link to the dedicated section within the EfL Online Resource Centre:

The EfL Activity Channel & Activity Kit and The EfL Activity Library

The EfL Activity Channel & the EfL Activity Kit, lets teachers, therapists and other authorised staff create rich video-based activities containing written and visual instructions, links to your school’s favourite resources, other web links and downloadable and printable resources.  

The EfL Activity Library allows you to create, share and swap Activities with other schools via the EfL Activity Library. You and your teachers can browse shared Activities in the Library and import them into your school to adapt and then share with your own learners and their families/carers via the EfL Parent Portal.

Here is a link to the dedicated section within the EfL Online Resource Centre:

Arrange a Zoom meeting to help you set up and use Parent tools and/or EfL Activities?

Please get in touch if you'd like to arrange a Zoom meeting to explore your options and to help you to move forward getting these tools set up. 

Email us at and we will be in touch with our availability.

As always, please let us know if we can help in anyway.

We wish you well during what are once again extremely challenging and uncertain times.

Many Thanks,

The EfL Team


Upcoming Online EfL Community Events & Working Groups in 2021  

Starting in 2021, we are planning a number of meetings and are going to be establishing working groups and interest groups covering a range of areas related to SEND. These include:

- Post 16 (11th January 2021. Register here:

- Family / Parent Engagement

- Developing Mental Well Being

- The Engagement Model/Profile

- EfL & SEND in Mainstream (inc ARPs/IRs/Specialist Resource Bases/Units)

- Remote / Home-based Learning

- Curriculum

- Multi Agency Approach 


Please visit the link below to let us know of any topics that would be of interest to you, or if you are interested in connecting with colleagues/schools around specific topics or areas of interest and practice:

Please also get in touch if you'd like to suggest a topic or Interest/Working Group, or if you're interested in co-hosting a future meeting.

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Caring for vulnerable children: Put listening at the heart of schools

Fiona Carnie draws on examples from practice at home and abroad to explore the vital role of listening in pandemic recovery, for children, families and staff.