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Inset for support staff, ideas please
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Greengr · 08/06/2022 10:19

I’m involved with a working party looking at CPD for support staff to be delivered at inset days.
What would you like and what has worked well in your school? Also what training have you taken part in with both teaching and support staff.
Thanks

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JanglyBeads · 08/06/2022 23:43

Primary or secondary?

De-escalation techniques always seems a good one, whatever phase.

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JAS02 · 09/06/2022 12:38

AFL. Questioning techniques. Independent learning.I addressed with a large team of secondary Teaching Assistants but the approaches could be used cross phase. Perhaps your school development plan prioritises something ? Also consider the setting’s priority learning need ( data will tell you ) and front load your CPD accordingly ?

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Greengr · 09/06/2022 18:48

JanglyBeads · 08/06/2022 23:43

Primary or secondary?

De-escalation techniques always seems a good one, whatever phase.

It’s secondary

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JanglyBeads · 09/06/2022 19:19

@JAS02 it depends what 's meant by support staff. Questioning techniques etc hardly relevant to anyone who isn't a TA or cover supervisor?

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JAS02 · 09/06/2022 19:40

On the contrary anyone working with students should be modelling good questioning techniques - It makes thinking visible . If you consider the importance / rôle of questioning in AFL for example then for it not to be a ‘ tick box ‘ there needs to be a whole school approach.This by definition does not exclude those staff members who are routinely and regularly in a position to influence the performance of students in their charge.I have produced guidance for TAs to support in this way. A good focus for observation in class and discussing PM targets too.

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JanglyBeads · 09/06/2022 19:50

Relevant to eg Finance staff? Site supervisor?

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Piggywaspushed · 09/06/2022 20:05

Dealing with difficult people is quite safely generic.

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MrsHamlet · 09/06/2022 20:06

Have you asked the support staff what they would find valuable?

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JanglyBeads · 09/06/2022 20:09

Whole school training recently following the publication last summer of the report on sexual abuse in schools (Sorry have forgotten its proper title).

Re reading the OP I assume you mean only those support staff who attend INSET days? Although I think this differs from school to school.

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MsAwesomeDragon · 09/06/2022 20:31

I agree with pps that we need to know which support staff you're targeting. What a TA needs is very different to what the site team need, which is different again to what the finance officer or exams officer needs.
All student facing staff should have basic safeguarding training fairly regularly, so that might be somewhere to start (or could be something you're already very good at, I don't know). Our TAs and office staff have appreciated first aid training and training about specific medical needs that some of our pupils have, because they're the people who deal with any medical issues. Site staff appreciated (ish, with some grumbling) manual handling training, etc as a reminder of how to avoid injuries in the course of their jobs.

The main thing our TAs have asked for is time though. Time to talk to teachers they support so both parties have a clear idea of how best to arrange things. I'd love an inset session where I can just chat with the TAs I work with and decide together on the most effective use of their time in my lessons.

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Greengr · 09/06/2022 20:38

In the past we have had a robust inset for teaching staff, however often nothing in particular for support staff. To be fair there are often sessions with teaching staff for our LSA's.
It's other support staff, reception, first aid, catering, finance, etc that we are focusing on. I have to access 25 hrs CPD a year for my role ( Careers advisor) but still think it would be good to have a whole school approach.

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MrsHamlet · 10/06/2022 06:43

The finance staff are going to want very different things from the catering staff. Why not just ask them?

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Greengr · 10/06/2022 07:10

I am asking but wanted to find out if anyone had planned sessions that were exemplary

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