Equity and Well-being Professional Learning Spring 2021
Economic Impact of Covid 19
Existing economic inequalities have been exacerbated by the impact of Covid19. Those learners from lower socio-economic households are more at risk of falling behind in their education1
Children in Wales will be delivering 2 short information sessions on January 19th @ 10:00 and 28th @ 13:00 to talk through a toolkit they have developed. The toolkit has been designed to give schools a practical poverty proofing resource to help them support their most disadvantaged and vulnerable learners.
All schools and settings in ERW have access to a FREE online professional learning programme developed by Challenging Education : ‘Thinking differently for disadvantaged learners’. There are 6 modules that provide schools with an opportunity to examine and explore their strategic approach to supporting disadvantaged learners.
If you have any questions regarding the above please contact Dylan.Williams@erw.cymru
The Impact on Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
The emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people were already a cause for concern before the pandemic 2 Covid19 has highlighted the urgent need for developing whole school , evidence based approaches which promote and support emotional and mental health.
Empathy allows us to understand and share the feelings of others. It can help us to build social connections, it can promote acts of kindness and develops personal emotional regulation. Emotion Coaching is an evidence based, whole school approach which normalises talking about feelings and builds empathy skills. It helps children and young people to understand the different emotions they experience, why they occur and how to handle them. Emotion Coaching UK are delivering a 2 day training course on February 3rd and 11th and attendees will have the option to become accredited practitioner trainers.
ERW is partnering with EmpathyLab to deliver training in how to build empathy, literacy and social activism through a systematic use of high quality literature. Utilising EmpathyLab’s tried and tested approach of teaching empathy as a learnable skill, and supporting reading to build real-life empathy skills we are offering up to 100 schools the opportunity to be part of this exciting project.Training consists of 2x2 hr sessions on Feb 5th and March 5th.
Interacting with nature can be not just enjoyable but also beneficial to our mental health and wellbeing 3. Dr Coral Harper is running 2 training sessions on Biophilia for ERW schools and settings exploring the science and benefits of playing and learning in a natural environment and connecting with animals and living species. This training will aim to build the knowledge and understanding of practitioners to give them the confidence to take learning outdoors. Training is 2x90 minute sessions on Jan 11th&25th / March 22nd & April 26th
If you have any questions regarding the above please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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