Virtual Workshops for Children
The Educate to Flourish team were due to come and deliver a
wellbeing and character education workshop to Key Stage 2 children from across
our schools when we had to close our doors to most children due to the
Undeterred, the team contacted us ahead of time as the
situation developed and suggested alternative ways to deliver the content to
our children, who needed it more than ever under the circumstances. Instead of one workshop, they ran five virtual
workshops - one per day - so they could reach our children in each school.
Teachers and school leaders present in the
workshops got in touch with me spontaneously afterwards to tell me how
wonderful it was to see the children laughing and having fun while learning
valuable practical wellbeing tools.
Additionally, the team created a video version specificallyfor our children being educated at home that we could distribute to parents.
Educate to Flourish - you have been a pleasure to work with virtually and we
look forward to working with you again in person once circumstances allow!
Virtual Training for Staff
As part of their ongoing work supporting teachers from
across our Trust with their Action Research projects into positive and
character education, the Educate to Flourish team were due to run a catch-up
CPD session when we had to close our doors to most children and staff due to
the Coronavirus outbreak.
This was a
crucial session during which staff were going to be able to discuss their
progress on their individual projects, get support from the team and each
other, and plan the writing up stage.
Many staff were concerned that their months of hard work would be wasted
due to the disruption to teaching and their projects.
The team contacted us ahead of time as the situation
developed and suggested alternative ways to work with our staff. They ran a virtual support session with staff
attending from their respective homes, giving each participant time to discuss
their individual project and providing specific feedback and support to each
staff member present, discussing options for the best way forward for each
participant. They also offered - as they
had done throughout the project - to support any staff member that needed it
individually via phone or video chat.
Thank you Educate to Flourish - throughout this project, you have been a pleasure to work with and we look forward to continuing our Action Research journey with you into the next academic year!
We first became aware of the Educate to Flourish team when we attended the Challenger Multi Academy Trust action research presentations. We were so impressed by the research output and professionalism that we wanted to bring the team on board at the LEO Academy Trust to run a similar project.
We have now been working with the Educate to Flourish team for a few months. In that time, they have pro-actively helped us attract participants from across the Trust’s schools into the project group. They have delivered lively and informative positive and character education workshops and a full-day immersive research methods INSET that has left our staff enthused and ready to progress with their projects.
It is a pleasure to see the work unfold in our schools and I
can’t wait to see the outcome at the end of this pilot year, which marks the
beginning of our exciting journey into action research as a means to keep
developing our staff, their teaching practice and our Trust’s contribution to
knowledge about wellbeing in education.
In my previous role as CEO of the Challenger Multi AcademyTrust (CMAT), I brought in the team to support staff across the Trust in carrying out Action Research projects into character education.
The team began by delivering an inspirational and rallying keynote at our annual Character Awards evening to draw interested staff into the project, then delivered a series of engaging training sessions (character education, research methods and report-writing) to participating staff - known as our ‘Character Champions’ - from across the Trust over the course of an academic year, supporting them via e-mail and telephone between training sessions. They also liaised with our creative agency, working to tight timescales, ensuring a professional research report document was produced in time for our Character Champions to present their research to an audience from within and outside the Trust.
This project empowered our staff to challenge themselves, developing their own character strengths as they explored character education methodologies to adopt in their classrooms, while also enabling them to share their findings with a wider audience to improve teaching practice beyond their own setting.
I would thoroughly recommend the Educate to Flourish team to other schools and Trusts wanting to undertake similar projects.