Learning Links

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Here are all the links mentioned at  the recent meetings of teachers

Fantastic Class Bogs!

Russell Scott School – EYFS – @marky120

St Anne’s Catholic Primary, Tower Hamlets -click on ‘School blogs’ tab

Nottingham High School 

The Ins and Outs – @Palmyteacher

Crumpsall Lane EYFS – @DrChips

Leopold Primary, Australia – @kathleen_morris

Blog Dipping

Help for Writing

100 Word Challenge

5 Sentence Challenge

Live Writing Using Cover-It-Live

Blogging Hints

Tim & Moby explain about blogs – @BrainPOP_UK

Children’s Thoughts

Teacher’s Thoughts

Blog provider

ed.gs  @edgsweb


Facing delays on the school trip

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Travelling with Students: Facing Delays

Useful post from Kate Burgess over at My Academies

Travelling with students is a great way to get to know them better as young adults, as well as pupils, and can be an excellent way to entice youngsters out of their shells to explore the great outdoors! But as we all know, travelling doesn’t always go without any hiccups, and the current airport staff strikes in Europe have disrupted a huge number of school trips, leaving teachers and students stranded! So here’s our advice on what to do if you face delays or cancellations during your trip:

Choose a spokesperson
In case of delays, up-to-date information and advice can be hard to pin down if everyone is trying to find out details themselves. If suffering, designated one member of staff to act as the spokesperson for the group, and only that person should be relied upon for the latest news. If possible, have your chosen staff member repeatedly speak to the same person from the airline, ferry or bus company in order to ensure you don’t keep being given the same information from a variety of sources, which can be frustrating, and also confusing.

Draw attention
Use a marker of some kind to draw attention to the luggage of your party incase of cancellations or changes of plans that mean your luggage (and that of fellow passengers) will be left for collection by yourselves or other members of your party. A great way to mark your luggage would be to tie ribbons in your school colours around the handle of each student’s bag or suitcase, as this will be instantly recognisable and distinctive enough to describe to a member of transport staff should the need occur.

Don’t phone home
Hear us out! When leaving on a trip with students that involves extensive travel time, take a school mobile phone with you so that parents know they will be able to contact you or their child in case of an emergency. However, if you are facing delays that can be monitored online or via radio, suggest to concerned parents that they track their child’s journey via the official carrier’s website, as that way they will have access to the most up-to-date information available. This will also allay fears that may arise for families if they can’t get through to you on the school phone due to high volumes of calls, as they will be able to find out details themselves without too much worry.

Have you ever been affected by delays or cancellations whilst travelling with pupils? How did you ensure minimal disruption to your journeys?

Great resources for mental health

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My dear friend Pooky Knightsmith has selected a number of resources around the topics of well being and mental health. She is an experienced and expert practitioner supporting these issues in schools and is much respected for her work. Rather than them staying with me, I have reproduced them here (with her permission of course!)

I have promised myself I will get better at sharing helpful resources and book recommendations with colleagues so today I’m going to make a start by highlighting a few things that might be of interest to you re mental health / emotional wellbeing.

I’ve been sent some wonderful books to review recently. You can see all of my recommended books in one place here. Most recently I’ve added full reviews for
Parenting OCD which provides down to earth advice suitable for parents and practitioners too; Can I Tell You About Depression? A lovely little book designed to explain depression to children as young as 6 or 7 and Banish Your Body Image Thief – a workbook full of ideas for children needing extra support.

I’ve been busy writing too – you may find the PDF I’ve written for young people about getting ready to stop hiding their self-harm scars is a useful way in to these difficult conversations, whilst this guide, also aimed at students, will help them to get ready to make an initial disclosure about self-harm or eating disorders. Here’s the info you’ll need in order to respond appropriately: Talking to pupils when they make mental health disclosures (authored in my role as Mental Health Advisor for the PSHE Association, hence their branding).

As we hurtle towards the Easter Holidays (hurrah!) you may be worried about how vulnerable students will manage without the current support they’re receiving at school. You can help them prepare using my holiday planning form.

There is plenty more where this came from – please see my blog and free resources. A veritable treasure trove (or at least that’s why my Mum says ;)

Let me know if there are any topics you’d like me to write about next or if you have a great resource, lesson plan or book recommendation you’d like to share. If you need staff training (or pupil or parent workshops) I’m now booking in sessions for Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016 (yes, really!) and I’m happy to hold provision dates if you can’t confirm dates that far ahead but don’t want to miss out on some Pooky time..

Oh… oh and before I go – please do consider pre-ordering a copy of my book. It’s focused on practical strategies for supporting self-harm and eating disorders in school, including how to teach about the topics safely. It’s full of case studies and quotes from young people and I’m really rather proud of it.

I’m going to try and be a better correspondent and keep you updated with things you may find helpful. If that doesn’t sound like your idea of fun you can unsubscribe below. On the other hand, if you think colleagues may also be interested, they can sign up in 30 seconds here.

I hope there was something you found helpful here and that you have a good day.