This year I was invited by Nigel Ellerby-Jones, Head of Enfield Primary Behaviour Support Service (soon to be called the ‘SWERRL Team’ standing for Strengthening Wellbeing, Emotional health, Relationships and Readiness for Learning) to run a Train The Trainers course to accredit his whole teachers team and other school representatives from a number of enthusiastic Enfield primary and special schools, in my Quality Circle Time Golden Model,.
I was thrilled to learn that his whole team is committed to the model and have been practicing it for years. Given that it’s been such a bleak time in education for so many years in terms of putting the whole child at the centre of education – this is a miracle. Now, however, there is a wave of positivity and there are key government initiatives which are lifting up my model and sweeping it back again towards schools. Having said that, there are many schools that have never let their listening initiatives become swamped by the curriculum. The listening systems we promote in my Golden Model i.e. one to one Bubble/Chat Time, non-verbal listening, Think Boxes and weekly group listening and circle time are key to being pro-active in building children’s mental health. When we embed these for the adults too, we have some truly splendid practice. It has always been essential to boost the energy, resilience and mental health of the adults first before you can support children. As an example, the wonderful Watercliffe Meadow Primary School in Sheffield, which now has my Gold Award, holds circle time once a week with 80 staff… and offers ‘Bubble Time’ and a Think Box (actually a donkey!) for the staff as well
And then what do I find out from Nigel’s shiny, positive, warm-hearted and relaxed team? That they too model all the key features of circle time in their staff meetings. Nigel leads them in weekly meditations to ground and calm people, and the staff take responsibility for introducing group games throughout their meetings to energise and uplift. BINGO!
I am so excited about this team of people, I’ll try and write a little blog each week. To make it easier for his staff I am running the Train The Trainers every Friday over a period of 6 weeks.
It’s the small things that count… his centre is a small house-like building which is very welcoming but sometimes gets cold… I couldn’t believe it that he had rugs all ready for people’s knees should they feel a chill!
Website Managers Notes
- Jenny runs Train the Trainers courses to work in-depth with groups of staff over a period of a few days (days together or spread out). These trained trainers become accredited in Jenny’s model and can use it to train and support other staff within their own setting.
- This year Jenny has run her Train the Trainers course in Chile and in New Zealand.
- Jenny Mosley is available for better behaviour and lunchtimes and playtimes INSET training days, Working In School Days and for different length projects involving several schools for schools training.
- Find out about booking Jenny or attending open training conferences around the country throughout the year. Jenny also excels as an educational presenter at schools conferences, LA conferences and Headteacher conferences.
- The areas of Jenny’s expertise include training for positive behaviour for learning, early years training, training for midday supervisors and lunchtime supervisors, to promote calm dining halls and healthy, active playgrounds, also training for promoting social and communication skills for learning and training for mental health and wellbeing. To find out more about Dining Hall Helpers please ask.
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