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Coping with Anxiety in students @ St John's Marlborough
Jun 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, is a charity that provides mental health training talks, and resources to young people and those who work with or care for them.

The session will cover the following areas:

To consider what is meant by ANXIETY In the context of children and young people by:-

  • Identifying the causes and triggers of anxiety in children and young people
  • Examining how anxiety may play out within the classroom and broader school setting
  • To consider strategies for supporting the anxious learner

This session will be delivered using a mix of information slides and film clips plus discussion exercises and a chance to share good practice.

Who’s it for?

Primary & Secondary teachers and support staff

Managing Behaviour Positively: Bill Wright @ St John's Marlborough
Jun 14 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

This training, delivered by Bill Wright, is aimed at all staff working in Primary Schools, Secondary School, Special Schools and Alternative Provisions. It aims to support staff in developing a consistent and acceptable team approach to managing behaviour, while, crucially, maintaining positive relationships and minimising risk for all.

The course combines positive, preventative verbal and non-verbal de-escalation strategies with care handling strategies to keep both pupils and staff as safe as possible.

Who’s it for?

All staff working in Primary Schools, Secondary School, Special Schools and Alternative Provisions

The Neuroscience of Stress -for Better Personal & Classroom Management: Laurel Pyne @ St John's Marlborough
Jun 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Based on sound neuroscience and psychology, this session offers practical techniques for managing and reducing stress, defusing conflict  and getting a more satisfying work-life balance.

Do any of these apply to you at times?

  • Feelings of overwhelm, or never being able to catch up with yourself
  • Negative feelings crowding your mind
  • A never-shrinking to-do list
  • Poor-quality sleep or waking with anxiety during the night
  • Feeling stressed, irritable, over-focused or tending towards OCD-type behaviours (though we may not wish to admit to them!)
  • Predominant or low-level feelings of anxiety, low self-esteem or inadequacy
  • That this isn’t the life you ordered when you went into teaching?!

If any of these are familiar to you, then come and learn some cutting-edge techniques for understanding the causes and actions of stress within the body and mind. We will also practice some proven techniques for managing and reducing anxiety and overwhelm.

Bring your current issues to practice on, so you can see that this approach really does work!

Laurel Pyne (B.A.(Hons), PGCE Psych-K Adv.) is a trainer and workshop facilitator, and a former Head of an Expressive Arts Faculty in a large secondary school.

Her focus is on developing co-operative, enjoyable and calm interactions in all areas of life, whilst reducing staff and student stress and raising the general level of happiness!

She believes that understanding how stress and anxiety is created in the body is vital, along with practising techniques to reduce it.

Who’s it for?

Primary & secondary teachers, and support staff

Engaging Children Through Poetry: Joshua Seigal @ St John's Marlborough
Jun 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this session, suitable for both KS2 and KS3 teachers, Joshua will provide some concrete, tried-and-tested methods for getting your students to produce creative, imaginative and heartfelt poetry, at the same time as developing their confidence in communication.

By the end of the session, you will have written several short poems of your own, which you can then use as models in class. You will discover that everyone has a poet within them! During the session Joshua will also perform some of his own dynamic, interactive poetry.

Who’s it for?

KS2 & KS3 teachers

Communication and De-escalation of Conflict with Young People: Tom Pyne @ St John's Marlborough
Jun 26 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Communication and De-escalation of Conflict with Young People.

Powerful, immediately usable strategies for managing challenging behaviour inside and outside the classroom.

Drawing on recent insights from neuro-science and including: • personal space, body language and scripts • learning from the ‘Window of Tolerance’ model • the importance of review

Tom Pyne has worked for 25 years in mainstream and BESD schools in class teacher and leadership roles. He is also a founding director of Catchpoint Consultancy.

Who’s it for?

All Primary & Secondary teachers and support staff

Special Educational Needs and Behaviour – Emma Rossiter @ St John's Marlborough
Jun 27 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Emma Rossiter is Deputy Headteacher at Rowdeford School. Emma provides expert training and support about the strategies that enable young people to overcome their challenges and achieve their potential. Emma is an outstanding practitioner and experienced trainer with expertise in both mainstream and specialist settings. Emma’s training is inspiring, reflective and practical.

This full day course will further your knowledge of:

  • The impact of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Attachment Difficulties,
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder,Dyslexia and other learning difficulties on behaviour for learning.
  • Practical strategies to resolve difficult behaviours.
  • Preventative strategies to stop the emergence or reoccurrence of challenging behaviour.
  • Solutions to the specific difficulties you are currently having with groups or individuals in your setting.

You will also receive information resources to share with colleagues to maximise the impact of this training in your setting.

Who’s it for?

For SENCos, teachers from all settings, senior and pastoral leaders,

ELSAs, HLTAs, teaching assistants and anyone supporting young people in an educational setting.

KS4 Programming: Searching and Sorting Algorithms: Pete Marshman @ St John's Marlborough
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Become more confident when using and combining common programming constructs to understand and code sorting and searching algorithms. We will also build on your understanding of 16 essential programming skills and provide guidance on pedagogical approaches that can be used to incorporate these skills in your lessons.

Course overview

You will:

  • Gain a clearer understanding what is expected of you in your GCSE Specification
  • Develop a solid foundational knowledge and practical sills set that can be applied in the classroom in both block and test-based languages
  • Focus on strategies for evaluating the efficiency of algorithms and take away activities with a literacy and numeracy focus.
  • Receive guidance on assessing and evaluating the quality of code produced by learners against the GCSE criteria
  • Develop strategies for evaluating the efficiency of algorithms
Foundations of KS5 Computer Science : Pete Marshman @ St John's Marlborough
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Become confident with dynamic data structures, concurrency, parallelism and recursion through the use of 16 essential programming skills and pedagogical approaches that will enable you to provide excellent blended learning experiences in your classroom.

Course overview

You will:

  • Gain a clear understanding of the differences between examination boards for given topics
  • Explore recent research on how to scaffold learning using the latest pedagogical approaches
  • Learning how to use unplugged approaches alongside programming to enforce complex theory topics in A-Level specifications
  • Know how to use the topics explored to enrich the programming project.