Weekly Newsletter: Issue 229 – Friday 19th July 2019
In the newsletter this week: a message from Brin Martin, Director of Learning, Pupil Exclusion and Independent Review Panel Training for Headteachers & Governors, Hares About Town! SEN Bulletin, Southend NQT Getting it Right from the Start Programme, NQT Welcome Event, Safeguarding in Southend - “Changes to Governance”, Southend Children's JSNA Schools Survey 2019, Governor Focus, events and document deadlines for July and the latest news from the Department for Education, Ofsted and the Southend Learning Network.
Designated Teacher Training Conference 2019
On 27th June 2019, Southend Virtual School held their annual Designated Teacher Training Conference at Southend Pier Royal Pavilion. The theme of the day: ‘Self-Care and Wellbeing’, with key conversations surrounding how teachers may best look after themselves, in order to be effective in their support of vulnerable young people.
Mike Armiger, an experienced practitioner and Foster Carer, spoke on mental health and the ways in society currently deals with these topics, along with an in-depth look at our biological emotional responses to trauma. Sheila Mulvenny, an experienced Virtual School Headteacher, led a thought provoking presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impacts on physical health and life expectancy. This was followed by group sessions, using virtual reality headsets to give a 360 degree perspective of traumatic childhood experiences, which our Looked After Children often face.
A networking lunch in the sunshine and bracing winds of Southend Pier was followed by a question and answer session with the Virtual School staff. The conference concluded with the gift of a ‘self-care bag’ to attendees, filled with tools and treats, in recognition of the brilliant work that the Designated Teachers of Southend, do.