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Social media 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 to understand the use of social media, including:

  • the relationship between health and social media usage (e.g. for those with mental health disorders, but also impacts on sleep, physical activity levels)
  • social media usage in different age groups
  • educating young people about staying safe online.

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.

Presentation given by: Helen Masters MCCT (Director of SEND and Safeguarding, Chiltern Learning Trust), Jeremy Heath (Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Putteridge High School) and Martin Watson (Safeguarding Training and Partnerships Manager).

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.

An article about young people’s views on social media:

Online safety: what young people really think about social media, big tech regulation and adults ‘overreacting’ (

An article highlighting the complexity of people of all ages’ relationship with social media:

Your style of social media use may be connected to your wellbeing (

A myth-busting dude around mental health and social media:

Young people’s mental health, social media and myth busting – Minds Ahead

Our Presenters

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.

Jeremy Heath is Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Putteridge High School in Luton who are part of the Chiltern Learning Trust. He has worked in leadership roles across schools in Luton for the past 8 years supporting the safeguarding needs of students and their families whilst leading on all things personal development. He is passionate about empowering the youth of today to develop healthy relationships in both the physical and online worlds and ensuring young people are aware of online dangers in order to keep themselves safe.

Martin Watson – Currently the Safeguarding Manager at the Avenue Centre for Education, a pupil referral unit in Luton, Martin has worked in education for 21 years across mainstream, local authority and alternative provision. Passionate about contextual safeguarding in particular Martin spends a lot of time training professionals in areas such as online safety, gangs and contextual safeguarding.

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.

Jonathan Baggaley, CEO, PSHE Association – Jonathan is Chief Executive of the PSHE Association, leading efforts to ensure all children and young people receive high-quality PSHE education. Jonathan led the Association’s campaign for statutory PSHE, bringing together over 100 leading organisations to call for curriculum change. He is now working closely with government and wider stakeholders to ensure the new statutory requirements for Relationships, Sex and Health education achieve their transformative potential. Jonathan has worked in education at a national level for many years, bringing particular expertise in educating young people about risks, harms and opportunities of online technologies. Prior to joining the PSHE Association he was Head of Education at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (now part of the National Crime Agency).  He is currently a member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety Digital Resilience group and sits on the DCMS Media Literacy Taskforce Steering Board. He is Vice Chair of the National Youth Jazz Collective.

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.  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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