SSAT’s Children’s Charter webinar series: What our learners need now
The current reality in our classrooms is that the impact of the pandemic is still affecting learners of all ages in a wide variety of ways. SSAT’s Children’s Charter digs deeper, giving schools the opportunity to hear the national picture around the six core principles and apply findings to their own learners, in their own context.
Monday 6 November 2023
A 2-year webinar series
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Would you like to have a greater understanding and consider how best to meet the needs of children and young people in your unique context?
In the years following the pandemic, a multitude of reports, including Ofsted’s Covid-19 briefing in 2020, highlighted the detrimental effects it had on all learners, including those with SEND. What’s even more concerning is the longer lasting impact we continue to witness in classrooms nationwide, affecting learners’ well-being, mental health, learning behaviour, social interactions, and beyond.
We invite you to join this webinar series to reflect on the needs of children and young people, in your context, through the lens of the six underpinning principles of SSAT’s Children’s Charter. You will have the opportunity to develop your own practice to effectively meet all children’s and young people’s needs now and in the future.
To maximise the impact of these webinars we recommend that school teams watch together in the same space to enable discussion and action planning opportunities for which will be built into each of the webinars.
The webinar series will build on and enhance the work all leaders, teachers and support staff are currently doing to meet the needs of learners.
It will provide you with an opportunity to have a deeper understanding of the national picture for children and young people across each of the six principles, hearing from guest speakers at each event, as well as time to discuss and reflect upon how the wider themes impact and relate to your own school community.
Join us to:
- Gain valuable insight into the current national picture, research and data from academics and thought leaders.
- Take time to collaborate with members of your staff team during the webinar to identify current priorities for your learners.
- Hear examples of good practice from other schools.
- Create next steps and further actions to take forward in school after the webinar.
Webinar series overview
Webinar series launch event (Free for everyone to attend)
Hosted by SSAT with Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE, OBE, PhD and Professor Mina Fazel, Professor of adolescent Psychiatry, University of Oxford.
Monday 6 November 2023, 16:00-17:00
Join us to hear the national picture of why this work is needed now with insight, latest research and data in conversation with Professor Barry Carpenter and Professor Mina Fazel. An opportunity to explore SSAT’s Children’s Charter and the six principles that underpin the webinar series.
Webinar 1: Behaviour and communication
Hosted by SSAT and Laura Purser, Academic Programme Director and Lecturer in Education – University of Reading
Monday 22 January 2024, 16:00-17:00
Join us to explore principle 6: Children’s behaviour should be viewed as a form of communication and as such be viewed with curiosity.
After hearing more about the National picture from Laura, there will be opportunity to discuss within your own staff teams how the key messages and themes relate to your own learners in your school, as well as sharing practise with other schools joining the session. You will leave with next steps to take forward back in your own schools.
Laura Purser, University of Reading, Academic Programme Director (BA Primary Education, QTS) and Lecturer in Education
Laura currently works at The University of Reading as the Academic Programme Director BA Primary Education QTS. She lectures and delivers keynotes at conferences around the topic of trauma informed pedagogies and mental health within education. Laura was previously the Head of Primary, Prep and EYFS Teacher Training at The University of Buckingham, leading on SEND, inclusion and neurodiversity. She also trained SENCOs leading the NASENCO programme. Laura has delivered a wide range of specialist lectures across QTS, iPGCE & international cohorts: (Neurodiversity, Neuropsychology, Executive Functioning, Polyvagal & Trauma Informed Practice).
Laura has over 20 years’ experience working across Primary & Secondary sectors, across state and independent schools. Laura is a Chartered BPS Psychologist (CPsychol) with an interest in paving a bridge between psychology and educational practice. Laura contributes to BELMAS SEN Rig, nasen 0-11 advisory board & EfL Learning Shared as an educational consultant, specialising in mental health & trauma. Laura is studying for her EdD exploring Mental Health and Trauma Informed Practices in Initial Teacher Education.
Webinar 2: Safety of Children: Social and digital awareness
Hosted by SSAT and Louisa Rose, CEO – Beyond
Wednesday 6 March 2024, 16:00-17:00
Join us to explore principle 4: Children should have skilled and trusted support to understand and become socially and digitally aware in order that they remain safe. Louisa Rose, CEO of mental health charity Beyond will share key national themes and considerations for schools before teams will have opportunity to discuss and reflect upon current areas of priority in your own setting. Using Louisa’s input, as well as your collective understanding of your learners’ needs, you will begin to explore priority areas and next steps.
Webinar 3: The right to be well and to thrive
Hosted by SSAT and Vicci Wells, Head of Sport – Youth Sport Trust
Tuesday 21 May 2024, 16:00-17:00
Join us to explore principle 2: Children and young people have the right to be well and provided with an environment where they can thrive. After hearing more about the latest research, data and insight from Vicci and the work they are doing across Youth Sport Trust, you will have opportunity to identify relevant areas of focus with your team as well as identifying areas of strength which can be shared with other schools joining the session.
Webinar 4: Children at the centre: “nothing about us without us”
Hosted by SSAT and guest speakers
Join us to explore principle 1: Children and young people should be central in developing a shared understanding of what they need at any point in time “nothing about us without us”. Following an input from a leading expert in this field, you will have opportunity to discuss and reflect upon key themes and priorities, identifying areas of focus for your learners within your context.
Webinar 5: The joy of life, living and childhood
Hosted by SSAT and guest speakers
Join us to explore principle 3: Children should experience the joy of life, living and childhood. Following an input from a leading expert in this field, you will have opportunity to discuss and reflect upon key themes and priorities, identifying areas of focus for your learners within your context.
Webinar 6: Belonging and community
Hosted by SSAT and guest speakers
Join us to explore principle 5: Children should experience a sense of belonging and community where they are treated with respect and authenticity. Following an input from a leading expert in this field, you will have opportunity to discuss and reflect upon key themes and priorities, identifying areas of focus for your learners within your context.
Laura Burton, Senior Education Lead, SSAT
Laura joined SSAT in 2019 as a Senior Education Lead for the Primary Network. She has worked in a diverse range of primary schools as a senior leader and has also worked for her local authority. Laura is passionate about enabling meaningful collaboration to share best practice and empowering schools to refine their practice.
Pauline Holbrook, Head of SEND, SSAT
Pauline is the Head of SEND and has worked in the special education sector for over 30 years. She has experience of teaching, leadership, training and undertaking research. Her philosophy is that all students require outstanding teaching that takes into account their needs, abilities and aspirations in order to prepare them for adult life.
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