At Landewednack, ongoing staff CPD is a priority and staff take responsibility for their own CPD, making sure that as a staff, we stay up to date in all areas, whether it is curriculum, safeguarding or children's wellbeing.
Back in September 2019, our teachers and some of our TAs attended a 'SEND Managing Challenging Behaviour'.
Since the first lockdown in June we have been attending many online courses or webinars:
All staff have attending Safeguarding Tier 2 Training and Extremism and Terrorism (prevent).
Two of our new members of staff in our nursery and EYFS classes have completed a paediatric first aid course. The majority of our staff are already suitably first aid trained, but those who aren't are going to complete an online course before next term.
Our 3 Fire safety officers have completed a course on 'How to be an effective fire warden', to allow them to take responsibility for Fire Drills and checks to keep everyone safe.
A number of staff did a series of webinars to qualify them to help children who are going through the grieving process.
Our SENCo Mrs Green has been doing some course by THRIVE called 'Change and Loss' and 'Time to Change'. With her love of music, she also attended Songfest to improve our delivery of the music curriculum.
Traumatic experiences can impact learning, behavior and relationships at school. Recent neurobiological, epigenetics, and psychological studies have shown that traumatic experiences in childhood can diminish concentration, memory, and the organizational and language abilities children need to succeed in school. Our PSHE TA, Kate Hughes, attended a course on 'Trauma in Schools' to help her recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. Paige Tonkin, our newest member of our nursery team completed a number of courses in this area, including Child Exploitation, Harmful Sexual Behaviours, Overcoming Loneliness and Adverse Childhood Experiences.
Some of our nursery staff's Food Hygiene certificates had run out, so they have completed new Food Hygiene courses.
Most recently our teaching staff and TAs got together for some socially distanced Phonics training to support this year's focus on reading. Miss Wells attended a course earlier in the year called Talk for Reading.
Mr Green attended a course in Maths - for new Primary teachers.
Over the last year, our specialist Speech and Language TA and Autism Champion, Mrs Humby, has attended a series of courses on Autism Champion training, and Letters and Sounds and Guided Writing courses.
Mis Kennedy (our DSL) and Mrs Jones (our deputy DSL) are currently doing a safeguarding course specific to Designated Safeguarding Leads to stay abreast with the most up to date regulations and information.
Mrs Jones, Miss Carey, Miss Kennedy and Mrs Tattersall are also doing a course on Safer Recruitment to make sure they are up to date with the most recent advice and regulations on Safer Recruiting.