An introduction to Supervision Skills

An introduction to Supervision Skills – to help you support your pastoral staff

There continues to be increasing demand on education staff to support children, young people, and their families on a regular basis. Many of these children have complex social and emotional issues.

In addition some services are experiencing cuts. Dealing with risk, trauma and uncertainty for school staff can have a negative impact on stress levels and if left unattended can lead to absence and  burn-out. If you are interested in providing safe, supportive, and effective supervision for your team, this course is for you.

By the end of the one and a half days you will;

  • Have a greater understanding of the purpose of supervision
  • Have strengthened your communication skills for supervisory practice
  • Have had a go at putting  into practice a model of supervision
  • Be more confident to offer a basic level of supervision to pastoral and support staff in your organisation

The one and a half day course uses a mixture of theory as well as practical, hands on and experiential learning.  A must do for anyone who is interested in supporting staff to be the best they can for the children and young people they work with. A really useful course which compliments many of the other mental health courses we run.

NB This does not aim to replace specialist supervision which some staff often access, it is simply an introduction to supervision skills to help provide better daily support.

We are providing this training in response to school requests and Julie Castleman is highly experienced in this area, to view her biography please click here.

Childhood Bereavement

On average, 1 in every 29 children will be bereaved of a parent. That’s one in every class. This is before the Covid-19 Pandemic. Now we have a situation with many children having lost someone they love recently including lots of grandparents. Children and young people need support from the school community to ensure that they can cope with their grief. That’s why it’s vital that teachers and staff understand how to support the grieving children and young people in their school.

Our online bereavement training course will help you understand:

  • What is childhood bereavement?
  • How grief affects a child or young person
  • The stages of grief
  • How you can help them cope with bereavement in schools

Aimed at both primary and secondary school teachers, the course will cover:

  • The importance of communication
  • Planning and preparation
  • When to seek further support
  • Help, support and self-care
  • Useful strategies to help

 

Helping children and young people manage anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue with children and young people.  This has been exacerbated with the current pandemic, with many more children feeling anxiety and those who already experienced it, finding their symptoms increasing.  Our children’s return to school is very likely going to present many of these issues in the classroom.

Help prepare yourselves to help your students. This is a very practical hands on course that you will immediately be able to put into practice.  Filled with activities and techniques that you can use with both individuals and groups of students. 

By the end of the course you will be able to;

  • Have an understanding of the physiological effects of anxiety on our physical health, our emotions and importantly for our children and young people, how it impacts on their behaviour
  • Use grounding techniques to ease anxiety overwhelm
  • Effectively Talk to students about emotions and feelings
  • Discuss specific anxiety around Covid-19
  • Use creative and imaginative ways of helping our students understand their anxiety and how to help themselves

Mindful Leadership

Mindful leadership is a leadership practice focused on cultivating very high levels of self-awareness, wisdom, and self-mastery, allowing a leader to bring his or her best self to all aspects of leadership and daily life, and to inspire greatness in others.  Mindful leadership significantly improves both the “soft” and “hard” skills of emotional intelligence and business acumen.

The three hour session gives delegates an opportunity to understand what mindfulness is, how to bring it into schools in a meaningful and manageable way, and also how to use mindfulness to support the well-being of staff in schools as well as children. It is a practical three-hour workshop where delegates can take time out to focus on their own well-being as well as learning how to teach mindfulness to children.

Emotional Wellbeing Audits

The Alliance for Learning Emotional Wellbeing Audit is based upon the Sandwell Well-being Charter Mark which has been co-developed by Educational Psychologists and Sandwell Council’s Public Health Department as a way to recognise the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing in Sandwell schools.

Our Alliance for Learning audit addresses the wellbeing and mental health of all those in the school community by gathering the views of parents, staff, and pupils.

Our audit takes into account a wealth of good practice and we look at the eight principles described by Public Health England.

We also aim to ensure that schools are active, happy places for all.

It requires collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team within the school, using an action research approach to engage and support the school through the process.

Benefits of an audit:

  • Supports a whole school approach that embeds the promotion of well-being throughout the culture of the school and curriculum
  • Allows staff to reflect on and consider the curriculum offer, which promotes emotional wellbeing
  • Considers the experiences and views of pupils, parents and staff
  • Allows specific strategies and ideas to be reflected into an action plan
  • Accesses specialist knowledge and resources from the audit team
  • Considers the wellbeing offers at a wave 1, 2 and 3 level and offers ideas for further development
  • You will receive a full written report

The audit usually lasts two days and costs £1250

Emotion Coaching

Emotion Coaching provides a value added dimension to behaviour management strategies and creates opportunities for long term solutions to children’s wellbeing and resilience.

Emotion Coaching has an evidence base that children achieve better educationally and socially if teaching staff are trained in it.

This course is the PERFECT follow on from our MHFA and Trauma Informed Support courses.

What is it?

Based on research by American Psychologist John Gottman, Emotion Coaching uses moments of heightened emotion and resulting behaviour to guide and teach the child or young person about more effective responses. It entails validating children’s emotions, setting limits where appropriate and problem-solving with the child to develop more effective behavioural strategies. Through empathetic engagement, the child’s emotional state is verbally acknowledged and validated, promoting a sense of security and feeling ‘felt’.  This activates changes in the child’s neurological system and allows the child to calm down, physiologically and psychologically.

Emotion Coached children and young people:

  • Achieve more academically in school
  • Are more popular
  • Have fewer behavioural problems
  • Have fewer infectious illnesses
  • Are more emotionally stable
  • Are more resilient

Advanced Safeguarding Workshop for Designated Safeguarding Leads

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Safeguarding and child protection is always evolving and government guidance seems to impose continual change and challenge.

Specialist Safeguarding Consultant, Andrew Hall explains how his ‘Advanced Safeguarding Workshop for Designated Leads’ helps school develop outstanding safeguarding to keep all children and young people safe from harm.

This Advanced Safeguarding workshop is an ideal opportunity to find out about the latest guidance, collaborate with colleagues and identify priorities for action.

This workshop is suitable for Headteachers and Deputy Heads, Designated Safeguarding Leads, Safeguarding Team Members, Learning Mentors and Family Liaison Workers.

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The Aims

  • Understanding of the signs and symptoms of child abuse
    • including a deeper understanding of neglect
  • The latest additional safeguarding concerns, including:
    • Female Genital Mutilation
    • Child Sexual Exploitation
    • Tackling extremism
  • Strategies to raise awareness in staff
  • The legislative framework and statutory compliance
  • Understanding safeguarding risks
  • Thinking the Unthinkable
  • Learning the lessons from Serious Case Reviews
  • Creating best practice systems and procedures
  • Key elements of a professional code of conduct
  • The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead

Youth MHFA – one day

Our Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for anyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. We train the adults in a young person’s life to have the skills and confidence to step in, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, they can speed up a young person’s recovery, stop issues from developing into a crisis, and ultimately save lives.

But more than that, by giving these adults the information and skills to look after their own mental health, we want them to set an example for young people. We want adults to be able to show young people that mental ill health is a part of life in just the same way as physical ill health, that it’s OK to talk about and it’s OK to ask for help.

We hope that by giving people the tools to open up these conversations, we can empower them to create mentally healthy, supportive environments in their families, schools, youth groups and communities.

Let’s create a future where we all know how to look after our own mental wellbeing, so preventable issues don’t arise in the first place. A future where every young person has access to support if they need it

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The Aims

Our Youth MHFA One Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Champion Youth Mental Health First Champions have:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues and how they can affect young people
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health in young people and guide them to a place of support
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

The Programme

We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn. Young people are welcome on the course but if you’re under the age of 16 we need consent from your parent or guardian.

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. When you complete the course you will get:

  • A Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Youth MHFA Champion

Adult MHFA – half day

Healthy people are happier, more engaged and more productive. Employers across the UK are acting now to support the wellbeing of their people and create mentally healthy businesses.

Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. Mental ill health is responsible for 91 million working days lost every year, and our course aims to promote positive wellbeing in the workplace – aiming to create a culture of support and open discussion around Mental Health allowing colleagues to feel more supported.

Simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace will allow employers to save 30% or more of these costs – at least £10 billion a year. This is where we can help.

Mental ill health costs UK employers an estimated £34.9 billion each yearthe equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in the UK workforce. Broken down, that’s £10.6 billion in sickness absence, £21.2 billion in reduced productivity, and £3.1 billion in replacing staff who leave their jobs for mental health-related reasons. Of course, these statistics simply look at financial implications and while this is of value, our training helps to consider the individuals in the workplace experiencing these mental health struggles and explores what can be done to help.

The Aims

Our half day course is an introductory four hour session to raise awareness of mental health.

It is designed to give you:

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. We limit numbers to 25 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are Mental Health Aware

Adult MHFA – one day

Healthy people are happier, more engaged and more productive. Employers across the UK are acting now to support the wellbeing of their people and create mentally healthy businesses.

Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. Mental ill health is responsible for 91 million working days lost every year, and our course aims to promote positive wellbeing in the workplace – aiming to create a culture of support and open discussion around Mental Health allowing colleagues to feel more supported.

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Simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace will allow employers to save 30% or more of these costs – at least £10 billion a year. This is where we can help.

Mental ill health costs UK employers an estimated £34.9 billion each yearthe equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in the UK workforce. Broken down, that’s £10.6 billion in sickness absence, £21.2 billion in reduced productivity, and £3.1 billion in replacing staff who leave their jobs for mental health-related reasons. Of course, these statistics simply look at financial implications and while this is of value, our training helps to consider the individuals in the workplace experiencing these mental health struggles and explores what can be done to help.

The Aims

Our one day mental health awareness and skills course qualifies you as an Adult MHFA Champion.

MHFA Champions have:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities. We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are an MHFA Champion
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