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‘ A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary  things’

Barack Obama

Week beginning 4th May 2020

Welcome to the first edition of CPD online for support staff, teachers and leaders. As we continue in these unprecedented times it is clear that the wellbeing of our pupils becomes even more important than ever. This edition will focus on PHSE and developing our understanding in how best to support the children now and on their return to school. The second area of focus is on reading and developing our understanding about the way children learn to become really effective readers.


Teachers and Support Staff

Over the last few months we know children are not only facing challenges around their academic learning but also their personal and emotional wellbeing. As well as supporting the children and their families during this time of lockdown we are aware that once the children return to school, they will need lots of support too.

This excellent Early Trauma online learning course focuses on adverse childhood experiences. It's a 50-minute course that has modules on Brain Development in the Early Years, The Impact of Childhood Adversity, Social, Health and Community Impacts of ACEs Early Trauma, Protective Factors, Building Resilience. You'll even get a certificate at the end of the training!

Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) have produced a range of resources available on their website that are worth looking through. The Young Minds website is particularly useful for helping children to come to terms with Coronavirus and the related anxieties.

CAMHS Resources

This short article looks at building resilience during lockdown and is applicable for both the children and ourselves. It focuses on five practices for growth amidst pressing challenge and is worth considering when setting online learning tasks.

Building Resilience During Lockdown


“Reading for pleasure is more important for children's cognitive development than their parents' level of education and is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background." Sullivan and Brown 2013 Institute of Education London.

A bit of fun - Catherine Tate

Support Staff

"Our pupils’ success will be defined by their ability to read fluently and skilfully. But despite universal acceptance of reading’s vital importance, the reading gap in our classroom remains, and it is linked to an array of factors, such as parental wealth, education and book ownership, as well as classroom practice." Alex Quigley. In Closing the Reading Gap, Alex Quigley explores both the history and science of reading, looking at children develop most efficiently as successful readers.

Alex Quigley - Closing the Reading Gap

These resources are worth downloading and reading through to support your work with pupils.

Closing the Gap Resources

James Clements webinars are always really useful and easy to access. This one provides a really good explanation behind the science of reading as well as exploring the deeply human aspects to reading too.


"Learning to read and discovering the wonder of books changes people's lives." James Clements. James is a senior leader in an outstanding school in London. He has helped develop effective reading provision and was consulted on the new National Curriculum for primary schools. He is offering a series of webinars over the next few weeks which look at the science behind becoming an effective reader as well offering practical classroom ideas. Definitely worth tuning in to.

James Clements - Decoding, comprehension and fluency

Reading Webinars

Friday 15th May 11.00 a.m. Better Think Alouds for Comprehension Monitoring.

Friday 22nd May 11.00 a.m. Small-Group Work – 3 great strategies for developing in-depth reading

Friday 29th May 11.00 a.m. Beyond Hot Seating: broadening the repertoire of drama strategies to support reading