ATL

North West

Welcome to the North West region learning page. In this region we work collaboratively at a regional county and branch level to deliver high quality and relevant learning opportunities.

The North West group has seen ATL members access a variety of learning opportunities in the last 12 months and the group which includes ULRs, branch secretaries and reps have sourced CPD and other training to develop a learning portfolio that includes sessions such as dealing with dyslexia, creativity in the classroom, assessment for learning, behaviour management, getting ready for OFSTED, and protecting your professional identity.

You can get involved in the North West by completing a learning needs survey, attending an event or getting involved by becoming a union learning rep.

Mental Health First Aid – One-Day Accredited Course

MHFA for Schools and Colleges has been designed especially with education professionals in mind, based on the Youth MHFA course but targeted to meet the needs of educational environments. MHFA Schools will cover key topics around young people's mental health and wellbeing, with a strong practical focus on how support young people experiencing mental distress.

Mental Health First Aid Schools will support individuals and schools apply a whole school approach to mental and emotional health.

Outcomes from the day: 

  • MHFA for Schools and Colleges teaches practical skills that can be used every day
  • Introduces Public Health England's "Whole School Approach to Young Peoples Emotional Health and Wellbeing" and considers application in participants' workplaces.
  • It gives a deeper understanding to the complex issues relating to young people and mental health and the wider community
  • It helps people recognise the signs and behaviours that could be associated with mental ill-health
  • It enables participants to establish pathways to care and support recovery

What will I learn about ton the MHFA Schools course?

  • Why Youth MHFA for schools and colleges?
  • What is mental health and mental ill health?
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • The five steps of mental health first aid
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Non-judgemental listening skills
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis

Candidates will receive:

  • Accredited MHFA qualification
  • Comprehensive 130 page course book which will offer valuable on-going guidance
  • Workbook containing exercises and lesson plan templates
  • Ongoing support to take forward to work

Places are limited and this session forms part of a project for ATL members to become MHFA ambassadors in their workplaces. As part of the session members will act as a contact point for ATL and for MHFA and will be offered support to take work forward in their workplaces from the ATL team, along with a reduced price offer if their workplace wishes to bring in the training (£50 per candidate).

Who is the course for?

  • Any ATL member who would like to become a Mental Health Ambassador in their workplace
  • Any ATL member interested in gaining a accreditation in mental health

Booking

  • Cost: £20 for those who are becoming mental health ambassadors in the workplace. £75 for those who want the accreditation on, without becoming ambassadors in the workplace. This course is heavily subsidised by ATL the fee is to cover accreditation and materials (normal price for the session is £117 per candidate)
  • Date: Saturday 15th October 2016, 10am-4pm (lunch provided)
  • Venue: Village Hotel Club Bury, Waterfold Business Park, Rochdale Rd, Bury BL9 7BQ

To book a place on this course, please first register your interest by emailing Laura Flynn.

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SafeTALK: Suicide awareness for everyone

'SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone' is an International qualification awarded by world leaders, Livingworks Education.

This is the 'next-step' for members who have completed the full-day Mental Health First Aid for Schools course, but is also suitable for those who have not attended that training.

Having the courage and knowledge to understand and talk about suicide can be daunting with stigma and misinformation about suicide preventing people connecting with others.

This half-day session seeks to bolster suicide prevention knowledge and encourage open discussions about suicide that will increase the safety of a person at risk.

Its practical first aid approach takes candidates through the T.A.L.K acronym:

  • T - TELL
  • A - ASK
  • L - Listen
  • K - Keep-safe

The aim of the session is to make individuals more confident to connect, communicate and care in an effective way.

Connect, Communicate, Care: if we are to impact on the global 800,000 estimated deaths everyone has to play their part. Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24 so this continues to be a whole-school issue.

There is a cost of £10 for the accreditation: a course book, wallet card and ASK ME stickers.

Please note that lunch is not provided.

Who this course is for

  • Members who have completed the one-day Mental Health First Aid Accreditation.
  • Health & Safety reps.
  • Any teacher or TA who feels they would benefit from training on the subject of suicide awareness.

Cost

£10 to cover accreditation and materials.

The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT 9.45am-12.45pm 01/10/2016
Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS 10am-1pm 17/12/2016
Supporting the mental health of primary SEND pupils

Understanding the needs and developing positive strategies to support the mental health of SEND pupils.

SEND pupils have mental health needs like any other pupils, and some may be far more vulnerable to depression, self-harming and social withdrawal. However, their specific challenges, sensory, behaviour and learning needs may mask the fact they are actually dealing with poor mental health.

This two hour course aims to help teachers understand and identify the mental health needs of their SEND pupils and know where they might turn for help.  There will be practical ideas to use in the classroom to support pupils with SEND from day one, to develop good mental wellbeing and positive coping strategies.

  • SEND and the difficulty in recognising mental health issues.
  • What to look out for and what to do if you are concerned.
  • Promoting wellbeing from day one in your classroom.
  • Practical ideas, resources and links to develop wellbeing in SEND pupils.

Teacher's Standards Covered 1a, 1b, 1c, 5b, 5c, 5d, 7c.

Who this course is for

  • Primary staff, SENCOs, teachers, TAs, SLT.

Cost

Free

Nelson Cricket Club, Seedhill Ground, Surry Road, Nelson, BB9 7TY. 4.45pm – 6.30pm 04/10/2016
Mindfulness in the classroom environment

Following on from our well-received introductory session in October 2015, ATL Cumbria and holding a follow-up CPD event on the subject of Mindfulness, with Dr Rachel Chin. This session is suitable for members who attended our previous session, and those who have a new interest in the practice.

Attendees will learn about mindfulness, both formal and informal practices. There will be a focus on mindfulness practices which can be facilitated with staff and pupils in the classroom environment and audio recordings of several exercises will be available for attendees to use following the session. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in several practice exercises to offer an experiential understanding of mindfulness. 

This session will provide an overview of what Mindfulness is and the key benefits of practising it. For example, people who regularly carry out mindfulness exercises report experiencing the following benefits:

Feeling calmer and more relaxed

Increased levels of energy and enthusiasm for their job and life in general

Increased efficiency when carrying out tasks

More enjoyment out of the activity

Increased confidence, self-compassion and compassion for others

A reduction in stress, anxiety and low mood.

Session outcomes

  • Delegates will learn about the principles of mindfulness to:
  • Integrate mindfulness practice into their own lives
  • Consider how they can bring mindfulness meditation into the classroom to support the staff team and pupils.

Who this course is for

  • All ATL members, teaching and support staff.

Cost

Free

Tebay Services Hotel (formerly the Westmorland Hotel) Tebay Services M6 North, Orton, Nr Penrith, CA10 3SB 5.30 – 7.30pm (refreshments and registration from 5pm) 11/10/2016
Creating a calm classroom to tackle low-level disruption

The Calm Classroom has been designed to prepare children for learning and support this process by managing low-grade disruption. Low-grade disruption has been shown to cause the most teacher stress as well as prevent learning taking place and includes for example: disturbing others, calling out and fidgeting, not getting on with work, answering back and questioning instructions.

Using a variety of techniques developed over many years and including 2 programmes (Ready, Steady, Learn and Mindfulness) you will find that daily practice makes a positive difference to the levels of disruption with the consequent improvement in well-being and performance. These techniques can be adapted for all ages and abilities.

Benefits - Prevention and Intervention:

  1. Brief calming techniques for the beginning of lessons
  2. Learning through better behaviour
  3. Safe boundaries and expectations of positive behaviour
  4. Confidence for staff to use an effective in- class intervention

Outcomes - Improvements in:

  1. Concentration
  2. Focused attention
  3. Listening skills
  4. Following instructions

This session will help you meet Teachers' Standards 1a and 7.

Who this course is for

  • Trainees.

Cost

Free

Ince Blundell Village Hall, 1 Victoria Rd, Ince Blundell, Liverpool L38 6JE 5-7pm (food and registration from 4.30pm) 12/10/2016
A toolbox for teaching SEND in the mainstream school

This session will help you in your ability and confidence to support pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Using the SEND Code of Practice, it will include practical strategies that you can immediately include in your lessons. We will also be looking at how to use twitter as a means of support for SEND teaching.

This session will help you meeting Teachers' Standard 5 and you will receive a certificate for your portfolio.

It will be a particularly useful session for trainee and Newly Qualified teachers, but experienced teachers and TAs who are looking for a refresher on SEND teaching are very welcome to attend.

Who this course is for

  • Trainee and Newly Qualified teachers

Cost

Free

Bolton Cricket Club, Bishops Road, Bolton, BL3 2JB 4.45 – 6.45pm (food served from 4pm and a short Bolton Branch Meeting from 4.30pm) 19/10/2016
New to teaching conference

ATL Union is convening a free, one-day conference for trainee teachers in the North West. The aim is to provide sessions on subjects that will help you at this point in your training and to aid you in meeting the Teachers' Standards.

The day will comprise of the following sessions:

Behaviour Management – Lisa Miller

The session will look at Managing The Tricky class' – How to help students and NQT's use behaviour management techniques which diminish attention seeking behaviours, deal with low level disruption and promote a positive learning environment for all.  May provide evidence towards Teachers' Standards: S7

e-safety – Alan Earl (Serving Police Officer – Child Exploitation & Online Protection

Online safeguarding has become increasingly more important as new and changing platforms become popular and expand their influence. This session looks at how children and young people can often access and utilise new technologies in a dynamic and engaging way. With this engagement can come issues and threats which the presentation will address:

  • Online threats: Content, Contact, Conduct the Government review of the safety issues and challenges young people face.
  • Ofsted: SWGfL work closely with Ofsted and the session will discuss their expectations around online safeguarding practices during a school inspection.
  • Issues in safeguarding: Practical discussion and challenge around policy, practice and professional engagement in the school arena.
  • Your professional integrity: Understanding your own online presence and vulnerabilities in the challenges of privacy – v – social networking. Including reflections on schools.
  • Resources: Discussion on and links to award winning free resources for schools, staff and children. This includes self-review tools designed to help staff develop good practice around online child protection and safeguarding.

May provide evidence towards Teachers' Standards: S1, S8, Part 2

A choice of session, either:

  • A) Meeting the Parents: This is all about how to deal with parents in various situations, from dealing with difficult situations to how you and the parent(s) can get the most out of parents evening. The session will also look at some of the most common questions that parents ask of teachers and how you can be best equipped to deal with any situation that may arise. May provide evidence towards Teachers' Standards: S8
  • B) Apply Yourself: Apply Yourself will cover the application process and give you tips and suggestions on how to improve your chances of getting that NQT job. Specifically: looking at vacancies, written applications, application form, researching a school, preparing for interview, possible scenarios, what interviewers are looking for, interview questions, after the interview, and supply teaching.  May provide evidence towards Teachers' Standards: S8

Who this course is for

  • Trainees and NQs.

Cost

Free

Warrington Campus, University of Chester, Crab Lane, WA2 0DB 9.30 – 4pm 12/11/2016
"Let's Talk Autism": An introductory session

An increasing number of children with autism are attending mainstream schools. This session will help you to support and progress children in your class who have the condition.

The first part of the session will cover what autism is and the ways it presents in different children, including:

  • communication skills
  • social interaction
  • flexible thinking differences
  • sensory processing
The second part covers the main strategies for supporting pupils in the mainstream school, including:
  • the right environment
    communication and using visuals
    access to learning
    social skills.

The session will provide an overview with a practical activity and visual resources to look at. It will help you meet Teachers' Standards 2, 5 and 7.

Who this course is for

  • All ATL members.

Cost

Free

Central Liverpool (venue to be confirmed) 5-7.30pm (refreshments from 4.45) 15/11/2016
Delivering differentiation in your lessons

There are a number of common misconceptions about differentiation. Some believe that it is something 'added on' to normal teaching and that it just requires a few discrete extra activities in the lesson.

What is differentiation? Why do we need it? And how do we link differentiation to ability? In fact, differentiation permeates everything a good teacher does and it is often impossible to 'point' to a discrete event that achieves it.

Effective differentiation is key to enabling every learner to achieve at their maximum rate. In addition, Ofsted are increasingly focusing on the progress of a variety of different groups during inspections, ensuring that all must be challenged to achieve a Good or Outstanding grade.

This session will help you meet Teachers Standards 2 and 5 and you will receive a certificate for your portfolio.

Who this course is for

  • Teachers looking for ideas to improve their differentiation, Trainees, NQs and TAs.

Cost

Free

Bury Golf Club, Unsworth Hall, Manchester Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 9TJ 5-7pm (food served from 4.30pm) 16/11/2016
Supporting the mental health of secondary SEND pupils

SEND pupils have mental health needs like any other pupils, and some may be far more vulnerable to depression, self-harming and social withdrawal. Puberty and anxiety about growing up can also have a detrimental effect on the mental health of young people with SEND.

Understanding the needs and developing positive strategies to support the mental health of SEND pupils.

However, their specific challenges, sensory, behaviour and learning needs may mask the fact they have additional mental health needs.  This two hour course aims to help teachers understand and identify the mental health needs of their SEND pupils and know where they might turn for help.  There will be practical ideas to use in the classroom, for tutor groups and SENCOs to support pupils with SEND to develop good mental wellbeing and positive coping strategies. The course will cover: 

  • SEND and the difficulty in recognising mental health issues. Is it puberty, their condition or mental health?   
  • What to look out for and what to do if you are concerned.
  • Promoting wellbeing through a coordinated approach in the secondary school. 
  • Practical ideas, resources and links to develop wellbeing in SEND pupils.
Teachers' Standards Covered 1a, 1b, 1c, 5b, 5c, 5d, 7c.

Who this course is for

  • Secondary teachers, SENCOs, TAs, SLT, Year group leader.

Cost

Free

Preston Grasshoppers, Lightfoot Green Lane, Preston, PR4 0AP 4.30pm - 6.30pm 22/11/2016

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