The Department for Education, in collaboration with NHS England and Public Health England, hosted this free webinar for school and college staff on 9 July on how to support returning pupils and students mental wellbeing. You will hear from experts on the impacts of the pandemic on children and young people’s mental wellbeing and recovery techniques, and from education leaders about the actions they have been taking.
On Tuesday 14th July, Professor Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching, awarded Professor Barry Carpenter with a Fellowship of the College for his distinguished service to Education.
At the Reflections on Recovery Conference today (www.recoverycurriculum.org) on 15th July, Hinton House Publishing MD, Sarah Miles, launched this latest contribution from the prolific author and Psychologist, Dr Tina Rae.
Professor Barry Carpenter , CBE , ( Professor of Mental Health in Education , Oxford Brooks University) said of this new book:
“This is a timely and invaluable contribution to the work all schools will be undertaking to re- ignite the flame of learning when children return to school . As ever Tina Rae brings her deep and profound understanding of children’s emotional needs to bear on the rich array of strategies , interventions and activities presented in the book. Modelled on the principles of the Recovery Curriculum this is easy- to- use book, will enable teachers to one more embrace each child as an active, engaged learner. Highly recommended, in fact.. a must!”
Ross Morrison McGill of Teacher Toolkit has just produced one of his 5 minute reflection planners, based on the Recovery Curriculum constructs .
Three years ago, Forest Oak school, of which Amanda is Executive Principal (alongside Merstone School,) developed SMILE, an ethos based approach to promoting positive mental health and well being for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The approach took the NHS 5 Ways to Well Being, and adapted them into child speak, augmenting the key messages with pictures, drawn by a student. The approach was holistic and included all staff members as well as pupils.
Building on the positive outcomes for Forest Oak school, Amanda commissioned a 2 year evidence based trial of SMILE across 10 Primary and Special Schools. Each participating school has found a significant shift in the culture of the school, and that SMILE has enabled them to put the well being of the whole school community at its heart.
We are delighted that Amanda has chosen to launch SMILE for wider use in Education, through the Recovery Curriculum website (see below), as a constructive contribution to the response schools are making to the pandemic.
“There has never been a more crucial time to support our schools and equip our teachers, to build emotional resilience in our children & young people.
The mental health of our children is eroding before our eyes…we need to bring back their SMILE. These are perfect resources for implementing a Recovery Curriculum .”
Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE, PhD.
Professor of Mental Health in Education, Oxford Brookes University. (January 2020)
The title and theme of Amanda’s presentation is:
SMILE: A Well Being Approach… A Route to Recovery
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In this episode the eminent Child and Educational Psychologist, Dr Tina Rae, explores how we can resource a Recovery Curriculum.
Through nurture approaches Tina targets specific interventions, which enable the Teacher to support the child who is demonstrating bereavement, trauma and anxiety as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. She applies her wealth of experience to specific resources that she has developed, for example the Bereavement Box, and the Transition Toolkit, (a must for all Primary schools trying to prepare year 6 pupils for transfer to Secondary school).
Her insights are rich and deep; her approach enabling and empowering for teachers trying to create resilient children in these times of challenge and crisis.
Tina shares her wealth of expertise and experience through a presentation and talk that she has prepared especially for this episode.
The title and theme of Tina’s presentation is: Resourcing a Recovery Curriculum through Nurture.
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In this episode we hear from Sharon Gray, OBE. Sharon has extensive experience in all sectors of education, but especially in the field of Social, Emotional and Mental Health, (SEMH), and with students who could be described as ‘on the margins’.
Sharon provides a presentation that shares the approach and some of the work that is being done to support the recovery process across a family of schools in and around Derbyshire, led by the Embark Federation.
Sharon and the team at Embark have developed a Recovery Curriculum model, “Rising Strong”, that enables students in all age phases, to reconnect and re- build emotional resilience. The strategy developed never loses its focus on relationships at the heart of everything. The development of a Museum of Hope and Recovery. captures children’s experience of lockdown and reminds us all that we are survivors.
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For more detail about SMILE including how to use these resources, training or school to school support opportunities contact Issy Jerrard, Forest Oak school and see: https://www.forest-oak.solihull.sch.uk/topic/smile
“There has never been a more crucial time to support our schools and equip our teachers, to build emotional resilience in our children & young people.The mental health of our children is eroding before our eyes, we need to bring back their SMILE. These are perfect resources for implementing a Recovery Curriculum.”
Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE, PhD. Professor of Mental Health in Education, Oxford Brookes University. (January 2020)
New Resources to support the use of SMILE, including Happiness Box stickers , are now available from: https://www.butterflyprint.co.uk/mentally-healthy-schools/smile-emotional-health-and-wellbeing/
In this episode Professor Barry Carpenter interviews Beverley Cockbill, who has extensive experience of children with Complex Needs through her research and practice, especially in relation to the Engagement Model.
Bev describes how engagement is key to effective teaching and learning for this group of pupils, and how it provides a lens through which the teacher can guide the child to positive learning outcomes.
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We hear from a leader in Special Education, Martin McKenna, currently Deputy Head of Palmerston School in Liverpool, and about to take up the Headship of Foxfield School on the Wirral.
Martin articulates his philosophy around interdisciplinary teamwork which has a shared focus on a personalised curriculum through a pedagogy rooted in Engagement. The Evidence for Learning app (EfL) is used to capture each pupil’s learning against their personalised goals.
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