Our REACH (React with Compassion and Heart) INSET workshops are aimed at all school staff. In this training, we look at developing awareness, new habits and techniques for positive relationships while supporting staff wellbeing in schools.
“Taking care of those that take care of others”
Creative perspectives for working with challenges in school; developing ideas for positive behaviour management
In this INSET workshop we focus on developing and maintaining strategies for self-awareness for staff to use in challenging situations. We aim to create a supportive and enjoyable environment for you to explore challenges and share best practice with colleagues. We know that in your staff team, you have a wealth of knowledge and expertise and this workshop will give you the time and space to share, create and support one another to the team’s full potential.
Through supporting staff to strengthen their inner resources, everyone will be better equipped to generate shifts in difficult relationships and find fresh approaches to the challenges faced each day.
What will happen in the INSET training
We tailor our workshops to your specific needs and requirements; we will work with you prior to your session/s to ensure that content is relevant to your setting and your staff needs.
Here is a basic outline:
- Workshops are usually around 2 hours long (can be tailored longer or shorter to meet requirements).
- They comprise elements of structured group discussion, presentations from the facilitator and experiential learning in the form of games and exercises tailored to bring out transferable skills.
We have run this successfully for whole-staff INSET training as well as smaller groups of staff.
Themes for discussion
- Common classroom struggles and helpful/unhelpful ways of coping with them.
- Learning our own ”triggers”.
- Developing coping strategies and shared supportive techniques.
- Dispelling myths and “monsters” – why does a child behave aggressively/undesirably? What are they communicating?
- Learning our own limits (finding compassion for ourselves and hopefully for others!)
The power of play
We always incorporate playful activities into our session and make specific time to focus on the positive impact of play and creativity on the teaching relationship. Studies have shown that when a child sees their teacher in various roles other than that of teacher/pupil it can bring about a closer more fruitful relationship.
Taking into consideration the time constraints your schedule and mindful not to add more to this, we offer realistic suggestions of games, exercises and ideas which can contribute to a happy and trusting classroom. All activities develop transferable skills and a sense of creativity and joy which can be channelled back into the classroom or your own projects – and you’ll have fun whilst taking part – win/win!
Just want to support your staff to let off steam? Try our Playful Team Building Workshops
Explore our play skills for staff CPD which offers ideas and practice for facilitating games in a classroom and playground setting
“A joyful, playful and thoughtful workshop for school to end the term. We will look forward to having Jess back to work with us again next term”. Perdy Buchanan-Barrow, Head of Alexandra School, Harrow