School Recovery Programme
Covid-19 has turned the world upside-down. It's forced us to completely rethink our offer. So we've set up the Recovery Curriculum Action-Research Project to learn about the fears, anxieties, and emotional needs of pupils coming out of lockdown, and to help us devise suitable materials for Leicester(shire)'s recovery curriculum.
With an investment from Pathways (a partnership involving the University of Leicester, De Montfort University, Loughborough University, and Leicester College), and following consultation with teachers, we have developed a programme of CPD and Sandpits and then, following the outcomes of these, a number of micro research and development commissions will seek to address how, through our collective efforts, we can create work that place recovery and wellbeing central to children's learning.
SAVE THE DATE:
Wednesday 2nd December, 4.00-5.30pm
Following our very successful first Sandpit back in September, we will be continuing our discussion with Professor John Maltby along with other academics, teachers and artists around resilience and the school community.
More details to follow.
CPD - Room to Grow; Renewing Wellbeing Creatively
Three virtual CPD sessions focusing on Wellbeing and Learning Readiness, took place in August and September. There were separate sessions for Primary, Secondary and SEND/Vulnerable pupils, and each was packed with information and strategies for use in the classroom. These sessions were aimed at Heads, Senior Leadership and those with a responsibility for whole school mental health and wellbeing.
So far, nearly 100 City Classroom Members and teachers from schools engaged in the Pathways Programme have accessed these CPD sessions.
The first City Classroom Sandpit took place on Tuesday 15th September, 4-5.30pm. 37 teachers, academics, artists and organisations joined, via Zoom, to listen to our three guest speakers offer their thoughts around resilience.
Professor John Maltby (University of Leicester) shared with us his Resilience Model, which framed subsequent discussions; Andria Zafirakou, Associate Deputy Head and Art Teacher, Alperton Community School, Brent spoke about 'Why do we teach? Understanding your Value', and Sameena Khan (City Classroom Member artist) spoke about 'Supporting resilience through creativity/artistic practice'.
After the guest speakers, we were treated to a communal drawing activity, led by Andria, after which participants joined one of four breakout groups to reflect on what they'd heard, and to discuss their own challenges, and how we might support teacher, pupil and whole school resilience going forward.
Tell us what you need for your recovery curriculum
We need your input, too. To better understand what children in Leicester and Leicestershire need, we're consulting as widely as we can. Your thoughts and ideas will help us develop materials for a recovery curriculum that's relevant to the lives of pupils in Leicester(shire).
- What are the social, emotional, and educational issues that we need to tackle here in Leicester(shire)?
- What sort of content and presentational style would make our support absolutely right for your school's recovery curriculum?
- Is there anything else you'd like from us?