COVID-19 webinar series for schools
Schools are facing unprecedented times during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers and Leaders are working continuously and are doing everything they can to provide a safe, supportive learning environment in school and online for children.
As a thank you for the huge undertaking that schools have coped with, we are offering a whole week of free CPD for the whole school. The webinars focus on supporting pupils, staff and the wider community during, and after COVID-19 and include subjects such as: The Recovery Curriculum, Mental Health and wellbeing, SEND, Autism, Looked After Children, Appraisals, Teaching and Learning, Governance, Payroll, recruitment, HR concerns and much more!
For information about each webinar, please see the individual agenda for every day. All webinars will be available to watch at a time to suit you and your busy schedules. In order to receive the links please sign up for each day that you are interested in. When registering, please use your school or organisation name as the account name to help us process the order more quickly.
Webinar 1: Modifying your curriculum - supporting children’s learning when schools return after COVID-19
Delivered by Jo Gray, Head of School Development and Literacy As children will have missed a significant amount of time away from school during COVID-19, we need to look at our curriculum and the needs of our children when they return. We would be wrong to assume that children will be able to pick up the curriculum at the point that they would usually be at. Using texts as a focus, Jo will explore ways to plan an engaging whole school unit of work: helping children to adapt back into learning gradually, whilst thinking of their well-being, emotional literacy, social skills, and the risks that may still be present with COVID-19.
2. Back to Basics in Literacy: re-establishing the foundations for learning During and After COVID-19
Delivered by Sarah Dean, Education Consultant A focus on the impact COVID-19 had has on children's learning and strategies to re-establish their confidence and understanding in the basic skills of English. Sarah will explore what concepts to prioritise in English, ideas of how to support children to progress by addressing gaps within learning and teaching children where they are, rather than where they may have been without the current pandemic.
3. Using Books to Support Children's Emotional Literacy during and after COVID-19
Delivered by Laura Lodge, Senior Education Consultant Developing emotional literacy is a key life skill and is needed now more than ever. Books are a wonderful tool that can be used to support children's understanding of emotions and encourage conversations around wellbeing. Discussing current research and exploring a wide range of quality texts, this session will provide delegates with ideas on how to use books to support children to become more emotionally literate, giving them tools to cope with challenges and helping them develop their language to explore how they feel.
4. Let me tell you how I am feeling (Communication during COVID-19)
Delivered by Helen Marriott, Speech and Language Therapist and Specialist Inclusion Teacher This presentation will look at ways to enable non-verbal and SEND pupils to express and discuss emotions, fears and concerns. It will explore ways in which you can support non-verbal and SEND pupils with how they are feeling. Helen will also share resources to help pupils understand how and why school, home and the community are different from the impact of COVID-19.
5. SEND and the impact of COVID-19
Delivered by Claire Pressdee and Lynne Swindlehurst (Specialist Inclusion Teachers) During this presentation we will be looking at SEND guidance and legislation - what's changed and what remains the same? How to support pupils with EHCP'S - What elements must be provided? What is the best use of SENDCos time during this time? We also share useful resources online for supporting pupils with SEND.
Who's it for?
Whole school including Teachers, TAs, Leadership, SENDCo's, SBM and Governors