Calm to Learn

Training for working with young people in education (this training does not involve horses)

In order to access the higher level parts of the brain needed for learning children need to feel calm.
For some children feeling calm can be harder to achieve than for others. Some children may never have experienced feeling truly calm and not understand what it is.

Children need this physical internal feeling in order to access parts of the brain needed for processing information, planning, listening, concentrating, thinking through consequences and showing empathy to others.

This course is suitable for any professional working within any type of education setting.

The course will be of most benefit to education professionals who work with children, who find it hard to stay in their seat, distract others, find it hard to focus on one task, find it hard to make and/or maintain relationships with staff or peers, find it easy to get into conflict, find it hard to recognise and manage their emotions, find it hard to concentrate, find it hard to listen and follow instructions, find it hard to participate appropriately in a group situation, need to be the centre of attention or are skilled at blending into the background. Typically (but not exclusively) these children are most likely to be those from a vulnerable group, such as Looked After Children, or those who have some type of additional need.

Professionals will learn about the neuroscience relating to learning and the impact that early development has on the brain. They will learn creative and practical strategies, through experience, that can be used within their learning environments, to support children who have some of the needs described above. Professionals will also have the opportunity to discuss any specific experiences they may have had, and be given the time to reflect on current practice. They will also learn about the powerful role their own feelings have on these children and young people, so should be prepared for a certain amount of self-reflection.

This is a highly practical, half day workshop, which was has been led at The Education Show, as well as in numerous schools.

“A good lesson is one where children are attentive, challenged, acquire knowledge and make good progress. Our judgements about the quality of teaching are predicated on the amount of useful learning that takes place in the lesson”.

Ofstead – (Michael Wilshaw, The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector2012/13).

“I would like to say how much I enjoyed this course, in fact quite inspirational”
“This is a fantastic course. It was extremely well explained and had good practical activities”