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Eating Disorders – Pedagogy in practice

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.

This series focuses on pedagogical approaches and practical strategies that can be used to support a range of aspects of pupil mental health in school.  It gives attendees a unique opportunity to take part in interactive expert webinars looking at how to approach key topics in school.

About the session

‘Eating Disorders – Pedagogy in Practice’ will explore what Eating Disorders are, how to spot the signs in students across key stages, barriers that may arise for students (and staff trying to support them) and practical strategies to overcome these barriers.  This webinar will also signpost attendees to suggested further reading links in order to substantiate what they will have learned during the webinar itself.

Presentations will be given by:  Saira Saeed, Victoria Wilson and Rebecca Lipscombe of Beat, who will be joined by our panelists: Jan Forshaw (Head of Education, Coram Life Education) and Jenny Barksfield  (Deputy CEO & Director of Education, PSHE Association).

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.


Our Presenters

Saira Saeed – Experienced Leader, DSL, SENCO, Medical Lead, Senior Mental Health Lead within the Secondary sector.  Saira has worked in Secondary education for the last 17 years and has extensive experience as an English and PSHE teacher, DSL, SENCO and Medical Lead in a number of inner-city Secondary schools in the West Midlands. She was a key member of teams in two separate Secondary Schools that worked effectively to see the removal of Special Measures and receive ‘Good’ Ofsted judgements. Saira has successfully devised and strategically led the implementation of effective SEND, Medical and Safeguarding systems in a number of schools throughout her career to date. As she is passionate about all things Safeguarding and SEND, she always strives to share her knowledge with others whenever she can in order to support best practices becoming the norm in as many settings as possible.

Victoria Wilson, Consultant Nurse and School Nurse, Girls Day School Trust Victoria has a background in various paediatric nursing settings, has been a school nurse for an independent school in Newcastle for 11 years and is the Consultant Nurse for the Girls Day School Trust. Passionate about young people, her role is to support pupils in school access health care for them to reach their academic potential. In the role of Consultant Nurse, Victoria supports nurses and staff in the GDST schools, with training, policies, and access to appropriate health information to support the pupils they care for.

Rebecca Lipscombe, LMS Co-ordinator, Beat – Rebecca has worked at Beat and is an LMS coordinator. Her role is to ensure that the online platforms (SPOT & POD) run smoothly and that any issues are resolved swiftly.  Rebecca also works towards the continued development of the platform in terms of creating new e-learning modules and making sure the sites are user-friendly.  Rebecca also works on the promotion of SPOT & POD and attends events to spread the word on how great the platforms are!

Jan Forshaw, Head of Education, Coram Life Education – Jan began her career teaching across primary and middle schools, including senior leadership roles, in Bradford, West Yorkshire.  Children’s wellbeing and mental health was always at the heart of her work as a teacher and influenced her move to children’s health and wellbeing charity Coram Life Education.  She has been Head of Education at Coram Life Education since 2009, having been Director of Training and before that an educator and senior trainer.  Jan oversees development of the diverse education programmes at Coram Life Education which include provision of high-quality education workshops in school and its acclaimed SCARF online PSHE (including statutory RSHE) curriculum.  She understands that within education the teacher’s role is crucial in helping children to thrive – socially, physically, mentally and academically – and works hard to ensure that Coram Life Education’s ethos and practices prioritise relevant, practical and timely support for teachers, alongside the provision of the highest-quality, inspiring programmes and resources that children deserve and need, to be their best.

Jenny Barksfield, Deputy CEO & Director of Education, PSHE Association – Jenny has worked in PSHE education for over 25 years. She was Head of PSHE and Citizenship at a large secondary school for 10 years before joining the Association team, initially as Training and Development Lead.  She is now the PSHE Association’s Deputy CEO and Director of Education, leading on partnership projects with government departments, local authorities, MATs, charities, and corporate partners, as well as leading the Association’s team of subject specialists.  Jenny’s team are the leading national experts in PSHE education, splitting their time between writing teaching resources and guidance, quality assuring materials from others, delivering training, and providing advice and support to members around the world.  Jenny has a Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Research and her co-authored book Understanding PSHE education in secondary schools was published in October 2016.

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, and can now watch back here  ‘Ask the Expert: Eating Disorders’, hosted on 13 September.   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’.  

Full membership information and the benefits of being a member of the Chartered College of Teaching can be found here 

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