The Art of Being Brilliant: Your Wellbeing Launchpad
Based on the science of positive psychology, this session is evidence-based but with the big words surgically removed and replaced with common sense, doable principles and great fun. The challenge is quite straight-forward; it’s about raising your ‘new normal’ to world class.
HOPE – Being at your best, more of the time
How do you find, Live and Give the Magic through your fantastic work? Being in top form all of the time just isn’t possible, and we shouldn’t allow that unattainable goal of perfection to leave us feeling inadequate and deflated. But there ARE ways we can deliver our best game more often, and in this inspiring session, Sid Madge will help us develop the confidence and skills to do that.
Music Therapy and Communication
You don’t’ need to talk. Music can speak to everyone. Music Therapy can help everyone to speak, even without words. We will examine different ways of working with pupils who are non-verbal including those who have autism, are elective mutes, are profoundly deaf or any other significant communication difficulty. Using a variety of games, art, ICT stories and improvisation we will explore how we can develop communication, physically, visually and through sound making.
The Magic of Metacognition for Learning and Wellbeing
How and why ‘thinking about thinking’ impacts on learning and mental fitness. We need to help students develop the habits of metacognition every day in our classrooms. This session offers advice about how to manage your mind and develop emotional resilience, plus practical strategies and an introduction to Buddhism in a Box – my simple guide to building mental muscle for future success and wellbeing.
‘Let me tell you a story’
Our brains ‘privilege’ story. We’ll take a look at why this is so and share ideas for using stories in our curriculum plans. As Stephen Pinker, world renowned psychologist, says 'Cognitive psychology has shown that the mind best understands facts when they are woven into a conceptual fabric, such as a narrative, mental map, or intuitive theory. Disconnected facts in the mind are like unlinked pages on the Web: They might as well not exist.
Overcoming barriers to primary maths
We all know literacy and numeracy skills improve the life chances of our young people. However, a significant proportion of children are not at the expected standard in maths on reaching secondary school. This should not sit well with us and it does not need to be this way. Ben Harding is an experienced Headteacher, inspector and maths specialist. In this session he will identify some reasons for this concerning issue and look to share research and practical solutions about how it can be addressed in your school.
Mental Health Isn’t Rocket Science!
There are many theories around happiness and positive mental health but they all boil down to the same few principles - some say there are 3 factors!! Join this session to find out what those three factors are and how understanding them can help us effectively, and simply, support the mental health of our students and ourselves!
Outdoor Learning for the New Curriculum: Grab and Go
A workshop packed full of practical ideas to teach different aspects of the new curriculum across the whole of the primary age group. We’ll demonstrate plenty of engaging activities, using simple everyday resources, and show how they can be adapted time and time again to require minimal planning but maximum fun! Ideal for those who already have experience of Outdoor Learning and are looking for fresh ideas, or for anyone who is just starting out on their journey towards teaching outdoors more often.
Polly Snape & Carolyn Burkey