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Addiction and Substance Use – Pedagogy in practice

This free session is exclusively for teachers and school leaders, and Chartered College of Teaching Members.  The Chartered College of Teaching is delighted to have partnered with ACAMH to present a FREE online training series, ‘Pedagogy in practice’, exclusively for teachers and school leaders.

Pedagogy is the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept. This series gives teachers an incredible opportunity to take part in interactive expert webinars looking at how to teach key topics in school.

About the session

This webinar brings together teachers from a range of settings to consider how they are supporting pupils in the school to understand addiction and substance use.

Event attendees will have access not just to the event itself but to supporting materials and resources to help them embed effective practice in their schools.

Presentations will be given by: Helen Masters MCCT (Director of SEND and Safeguarding, Chiltern Learning Trust),  and Steven Porter (Alternative Learning and Progression Service (ALPS), Luton Borough Council).

Helen Masters MCCT is the Director of SEND and Safeguarding for Chiltern Learning Trust in Bedfordshire. Previously, she sat on the Senior Leadership Team of an OFSTED Outstanding School, with her remit including DSL, SEND, DT LAC, Mental Health Lead, Fair Access Protocol and educating students with medical tuition. She has been a SENCo for over twenty one years.

In her current position Helen oversees the quality of education and school improvement for SEND and Safeguarding within the MAT. This entails providing support to staff in schools and auditing systems and processes for best practice. She facilitates the NASENCO award for Best Practice Network through the Trust’s training hub, home growing SENCos within the local area.

Helen also works with Anita Devi, within Team ADL, facilitating their TA forum. This forum has been created to develop teaching assistant practice, which is then disseminated back in their own schools. Some of the topics covered: Cognitive Load Theory, The Nurtured Heart Approach and supporting students with anxiety. Helen also is part of the Team ADL SEND

Steven Porter has worked for Luton borough council for 7 years as the Manager of the Behaviour and inclusion support service. The service is one that provides support and intervention to vulnerable children, those who have undiagnosed special educational needs, those children who become embroiled in gangs and those children who have some significant trauma and mental health issues.

Panelists:  Jan Forshaw (Head of Education, Coram Life Education) and Jonathan Baggaley (CEO, PSHE Association).

Recommended reading: This recommended reading provides useful wider, related reading on this topic but is not required in advance of the event.

A review of the evidence on gaming addiction and its relationship to depression or aggression in young people:

An article about the impact of family substance abuse on child well-being:

About the ‘Pedagogy in practice’ series

This webinar is part of a series of FREE online events exclusively for teachers and school leaders, and offer insights into best practice in supporting children and adolescents building on the latest evidence base. They are brought to you as part of an exciting new partnership between The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) and the Chartered College of Teaching, two charities who are dedicated to supporting teachers to make a difference to the mental wellbeing of children and young people.

These sessions are designed to help close the knowledge gap in a range of topics that now form part of the statutory Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum.  We think it is important to help equip teachers with knowledge in areas that may be less familiar to them and to help them consider how they might most effectively deliver these topics to children and adolescents as part of the curriculum.

These sessions will build on previous webinars run by ACAMH, attendees are strongly encouraged to watch back the ‘Ask the Expert’ series, delegates for this session are strongly encouraged to watch back the Ask the Expert: Addiction and Substance Use.  All of these sessions plus a host of other free resources for teachers can be found on ACAMH’s Teacher Hub.

The Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) is a unique multi-disciplinary organisation, and charity, established for over 60 years committed to ‘Sharing best evidence, improving practice’.


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