Wellbeing Toolkit 2 for Professionals

When: 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. 30th Jauary 2018

Rationale:  Considering that staff in schools are now more likely to be in contact with children with mental health problems, it is of the utmost importance that they receive appropriate training. Wellbeing in schools is a fundamental prerequisite for healthy and productive quality teaching and learning.  Both children and teachers need to feel supported, fit and well to be inspired and inspiring.  The Wellbeing Toolkit 2 is a programme of professional development to promote and maintain resilience and personal effectiveness.

Brief overview of the course:  The 20 sessions (all of which have their own powerpoint presentation) in this toolkit aim to provide the necessary resources to enable staff to enhance their own wellbeing. Staff who come on this one-day training course will gain a deeper knowledge on these sessions, including:

•    Understanding and assessing your mental health and wellbeing
•    Developing wellbeing through creative activities
•    How to be an emotion coach
•    Managing your stress – building your tool box
•    The resilience snake – building resilience using key tools and positive psychology.

For more information click here

Target Audience:  This course is of particular relevance to all staff in the education sector who understand the importance of developing their own repertoire of skills and therapeutic tools for working with children and young people, but they also use these skills as part of their own approach to maintaining their own wellbeing/mental health.

Delegate Resource pack will include:  You will receive your own copy of the Wellbeing Toolkit 2, which includes all the powerpoint presentations that you can take back to your school and implement confidently.

Please click here if you would like to apply for Wednesday 30th January 2018 for up to two members of staff.

Staff Sharing and Peer Supervision

When: 29th November  3.00—5.00 p.m.,  6th and 13th December 3.30—5.00 p.m.

Audience: For pastoral leaders and  pastoral workers interested in leading staff sharing or within their school or peer supervision within wider networks

Using the existing resources within a team or network, staff can participate in this peer supervision group, focussing on an in depth discussion of a pupil and using an evidence based, holistic, solution-focused approach to respond to their needs.

Course Objectives:

  • Recognise and utilise the existing resources within a team
  • Realise the impact of sharing ideas, theories and reflective practice
  • Facilitate a non-judgemental problem solving environment
  • Generate strategies or changes in thinking to support vulnerable pupils
  • Develop the skills to facilitate the group within your school or network

To apply for a place please click here

DSPL3 SENCO Briefing in partnership with HfL

When: Thursday 7th December. The meeting is from 1.00 – 4.00 p.m. with a networking buffet lunch available from 12.30 p.m.

The full agenda will be published here mid November

Click here to apply.

Spaces are limited to 40 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

WellComm Speech and Language Screening Project PAST EVENT

Our WellComm project has  been very successful, with 90 settings already trained and  using it.  We have organised a training session in each term next year.  The training will be for colleagues from the final thirty or so settings that are not yet signed up to our project and also for new members of staff in our current WellComm settings who have not  attended any training and wish to do so.

For further information click here

Summer 2017 Tranche 10:

Date of training: 9.15 a.m. – 12.15 p.m. Tuesday 23rd  May at Wodson Park, Ware

Date case study due: February 2018

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List of partipating schools and settings


Supporting the pupil with autistic spectrum condition PAST EVENT

Audience:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Teachers, SENCOs and/or Learning Support & Teaching Assistants supporting a child with Autistic Spectrum Condition

Course Objectives:

  • To raise awareness of the impact of the pupil with Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • To explore strategies to support learning
  • To provide an opportunity to share ideas


Funded by DSPL3 – lunch included

Participant Expectations:

To complete a summary sheet outlining three changes that have been made in school as a result of attending the course and the impact of those changes, including where appropriate pupil voice about the changes.


Wodson Park, Ware


Secondary  – Tuesday 7th March

Primary – Wednesday 22nd February and Wednesday 22nd March

Click here to see settings that are attending the primary course

Click here to see settings that are attending the secondary course

Dr Margot Sunderland PAST EVENT

Date: Tuesday 21st February 2017
Time: 8.45 – 3.30 p.m.
Where: Amwell View School
Who is it for:  Teachers, SENCOs, Deputies and Headteachers only (THIS EVENT IS NOT FOR LSAs/TAs etc)
Cost: There is no cost to schools as it is being funded by DSPL3
Expectation of attendees: Submit a  very brief report outlining three changes that they have made in their classroom/school as a result of attending the course.  This will be due 31st March 2017.

Click here to see the course evaluations

Click here to see who attended


‘An Introduction to Children and Young People’s Mental Health in School’.  PAST EVENTyoungminds

Due to demand we have organised further ‘Mental Health Awareness’ training that is being delivered by YoungMinds – we previously ran this course in Spring 2015, people who attended then should not attend again as it is much the same course.

For further information click here

Click here to see the course evaluations

Click here to see list of schools that attended the training.


Protective Behaviours Foundation PAST EVENT

This is a 2-day course for anyone who lives and/or works with children, young people, or adults. The day sessions are separated by a week to allow time for reflection and practice.

The learning outcomes for the course are that each participant will be able to:

  • understand what makes up the Language of Safety and be able to use this in order to communicate in a way that enhances relationships and empowers all involved
  • explain some of the possible effects of Unwritten Rules
  • describe the relationship between Feelings, Thoughts and Behaviour and use this model to problem solve events
  • clarify Rights and Responsibilities
  • define a personal concept of Safety
  • describe the function of Early Warning Signs in the PB process
  • describe how a person might use the idea of Personal Networks of support
  • describe how someone could use the seven PB Strategies as an integral part of the Protective Behaviours process in practice
  • devise a Personal and/or Group Plan to use the Protective Behaviours process
  • make links with the Protective Behaviours process and things that people may already statutorily have to do or choose to do

Places are limited to two per school/setting and there will be an expectation that each participant will produce a case study (no more than 2 sides of A4) during Spring Term 2017 that demonstrates the impact of the training in their school/setting.

The training is at Wodson Park from 9.30 – 4.30 on Thursday 1st and 8th December.

Click here to see list of schools and settings that are attending the training

Click here to see the course evaluations

 ‘Attachment Aware Schools: Supporting learning, promoting resilience’.  PAST EVENT

This  course is for  anyone working with vulnerable and traumatised children and young people in an education setting. Participants will develop an understanding of the impact of unmet attachment needs and trauma on education throughout childhood, and will have an opportunity to reflect on what they can do to develop an attachment aware setting.

The training is from 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. at Ware Priory on Wednesday 8th February 2017.

Click here to  see list of schools and settings that attended the training

Click here to see the evaluations