Whilst schools are beginning to reopen, you can continue to use this time to undertake some CPD and read practical, informative blogs and articles on how to support children in school.

Lots of online learning platforms have made their courses free and accessible to all during the lockdown period. These courses cover a wide range of topics including supporting SEN pupils, injecting creativity into lessons, and behavioural management techniques.

Books

Divas and Dictators, Charlie Taylor

Behavioural expert Charlie Taylor has the answers in this practical handbook which is full of simple, effective techniques for improving children’s behaviour.

Teach Like a Champion, Doug Lemov

One of the most influential teaching guides ever updated! Teach Like a Champion 2.0 is a complete update to the international bestseller. This teaching guide is a must-have for new and experienced teachers alike.

Fun Teacher’s Toolkit, Rob Plevin

This book is for teachers who are looking for ways to inject fun and laughter into teaching and learning. In line with Rob Plevin’s hugely popular “Needs-Focused Classroom Management System” for teachers, this book is packed with ready-to-use activities, resources and ideas to bring smiles, energy & humour to the classroom.

Online Courses

Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice, King’s College London

Learn about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, the symptoms, treatments and latest research.

Managing Behaviour For Learning, National STEM Learning Centre

You’ll explore first how your behaviour influences your students’, looking at how you control emotional responses and interact with students. Then, you’ll learn techniques and develop your capability to achieve consistency in managing behaviour, recognise positive behaviour and build trust in your classroom.

Teaching Students Who Have Suffered Complex Trauma, Queensland University of Technology

In this course, you’ll get an introduction to what complex trauma is and how it affects young people’s development at school. You’ll understand the neuroscience behind the behaviours presented by students who have experienced complex trauma.

Exploring Play; The Importance of Play in Everyday Life, University of Sheffield

You’ll go through and discuss definitions of play and current debates about how the nature of play changes. Does play help us to learn? Can it prepare young people to be successful in the adult world? Are all forms of play good for us?

Supporting Adolescent Learners; Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Griffith University

Learn to support adolescent learners with their social and emotional wellbeing through a variety of approaches.

I hope these resources can be of help to any teachers or TAs looking to continue their professional development during this lockdown period.