The Educational Psychology Service has been involved in supporting the development of nurturing approaches within Aberdeenshire schools. Our aim is to support all schools to develop nurturing approaches so that children and young people have the best chance to learn in school.
To do this we have developed a training package which is a combination of face-to-face and online learning. This has been delivered to over 500 staff from primary and secondary schools across Aberdeenshire and there are currently more staff being trained.
The sessions focus on developing an understanding of the core theories underpinning a nurturing approach before moving on to explore how nurturing approaches can be delivered at a whole-school level. A follow-up course has also been developed which supports practitioners who are looking to introduce a more targeted approach to nurture develop this for within their setting.
Staff are invited to engage with an audit tool throughout the training which supports their own professional learning and goal setting. In addition, staff are supported to identify different self-evaluation tools which can help them to evaluate the impact of the approaches they implement. The evaluation information gathered thus far indicates that for the staff involved, the sessions have increased both their knowledge of nurture and their competence to put the ideas in to practice.
On-going advice and consultation will be provided by the school’s Educational Psychologist as practitioners move forward.
Emotion Coaching is an approach which supports children and young people to understand the different emotions they experience, why they occur and how to handle them. It is based on the principle that all behaviour is communication and emphasises the importance of nurturing and emotionally supportive relationships. They approach recognises that all emotions are natural, normal and valid. It uses empathy in moments of heightened emotion to teach children and young people how to develop effective responses to the various emotions they experience.
The Educational Psychology Service offers training on Emotion Coaching that provides insight into how to use the approach universally in educational establishments and also provides opportunities for reflection on classroom based scenarios. The training is delivered over three sessions with an opportunity for a follow up session to explore effective implementation of the approach and any further training requirements.
Inspired and Passionate Teachers
This is a two part series designed to be delivered in one and a half hour inputs. The series explores:
- What is meant by an inspired and passionate teacher
- What makes an ‘expert teacher’
- 10 mindframes of Visible Learning
We have developed a Staff & Parent Wellbeing Toolkit- this toolkit has a variety of resources and activities which can be used by managers with their teams. To access our toolkit click here.
We also have an ALDO course which can be accessed via this link .
Solution focussed approaches
This is a 30 minute ALDO e-learn. This is an introductory course to the principles and practices of solution focussed approaches. These can be applied to working directly with young people or within your work team.
To access this course please click here
Restorative Approaches are used in schools as a planned response to relationship and/or behaviour difficulties and has been shown to be a more effective response than traditional punishments. Based on the idea that all members of a community have needs/values which must be met before they can achieve their best, the approach ensures that these needs are addressed and become the responsibility of the entire school community. We have prepared a presentation which can be used by schools to promote Restorative approaches in their schools.
Other topics & areas of interest
Through planning with individual schools and settings EPs can provide bespoke professional learning inputs in a number of other areas
- Understanding anxiety
- Growth mindset
- Cognitive behavioural approaches
- School refusal & non attendance
Schools should discuss their training and development needs with the allocated school EP.