Teachers & Practitioners

If you’re currently making good use of Emotion Works in your practice we’d love to hear more about your experiences and support you towards becoming a recognised practitioner and mentor in your school or setting.

Please click on the title boxes below to explore our step-by-step pathway to becoming accredited as an Emotion Works Practitioner, or scroll down the page to view some case examples of practitioners who’ve been through the process.

Step 1: Emotion Works Introductory Training and Familiarisation

Our training can be accessed via face-to face in-service or open sessions, or via our online modules. The associated practice ideas and examples will help you get started using the approach and resources.

Once you are familiar and comfortable working with Emotion Works levels, processes and resources you may decide you’d like to gather your own ideas and practice examples and share them to gain practitioner accreditation.

Step 2. Evidencing Practice using Emotion Works Criteria

The following criteria should be kept in mind as you engage in practice and gather evidence for your accreditation…

Criteria 1: My practice demonstrates awareness of Emotion Works levels and progression.

Criteria 2: My practice makes use of Emotion Works resources and learning processes at appropriate levels

Criteria 3: My practice makes use of meaningful stimuli and contexts for learning/communicating about emotion

Criteria 4: My practice considers and addresses support needs and learning challenges using the Emotion Works Additional Support Framework and tools (required for Additional Support submissions)

Relationship considerations/knowing a child well
Communication Supports and Adjustments
Relevance and Personalisation
Managing Arousal Levels

Criteria 5: My practice involves a team approach to planning and delivery (required for Additional Support submissions)

Criteria 6: My practice is reflective and evidences the impact it is having on learning, language development, behaviour and wellbeing

Mainstream/General Practitioners should provide evidence for Criteria 1, 2, 3 and 6.

Additional Support Practitioners should also provide evidence for Criteria 4 and 5.

Step 3. Practitioner Accreditation Submission & Certification

We offer a standard application form for you to include reflections and examples against each criteria, or we’re happy to accept submissions in a variety of formats.

For example, submissions so far have included written reports, powerpoints, scrapbook, video journal and practice discussions.

Please note, a nominal fee of £30 is charged to process practitioner submissions and contribute towards admin and certification costs.

Step 4. Add Mentor Status

Once accredited as an Emotion Works practitioner you are welcome to take on a mentoring role in your school/place of work to help new users to get started using the approach (subject to them purchasing resources for themselves)

If you would like to be recognised as an Emotion Works, we ask that 2 colleagues vouch for you as someone who has supported them with their understanding of Emotion Works  and use of ideas and resources.

The process involves each refereree completing a single page questionnaire.

Practitioner Accreditation Example – Mainstream Teacher

Pauline McKibben is a Principal Teacher at St. Joseph’s Primary School Glasgow. She was introduced to Emotion Works when she attended our first ‘Mainstream Primary Champions’ training session in September 2015. By the second practice sharing session a month later it was obvious that Pauline...

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Practitioner Accreditation Example – Additional Support

Lisa Rowlinson is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Hillside Specialist School, Lancashire. She attended our first ever English training day in January 2017 and began introducing Emotion Works to her caseload of pupils with Autism thereafter. She submitted her accreditation in September 2017 sharing...

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