EMOTION WORKS STAFF ORIENTATION

making sure we're all on the same page

1. Teacher Competencies Evaluation Tool

A great tool to help focus in on your teaching teams' existing knowledge, skills and confidence in teaching emotional literacy and supporting MEHWB.

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When investing in a programme to support pupils’ emotional literacy, it’s important that staff feel the training and resources provide them with what they need to feel confident and competent to deliver the programme.

This tool can provide a ‘before’ and ‘after’ measure for teacher competencies in the area of MEHWB.

The tool suggests a follow-up evaluation after 3-months, but you’re welcome of course to choose a duration to suit your school roll-out plan.Individual Teachers might also like to use this toll for their own PRD tracking.

2. All About Emotion Works Introductory Video

Please ensure that all staff (SLT, teachers, support staff, visiting services etc.) watch this video - ideally together with a follow up discussion to clarify initial expectations for introducing Emotion Works into your school or context.

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A note about face-to-face versus online training and support:

The video shows footage of our (pre-covid) face-to-face introductory training which we replaced with online training modules when social distancing measures came into force. 

Although a business challenge to address at the time, we’re now very happy to be in the position of being able to reach more schools to support the implementation of Emotion Works remotely.

To begin the process of familiarising yourself with the Emotion Works programme it will be helpful for you to watch this 5 minute ‘About Us’ video.

In the video you’ll meet Claire Murray, creator of the programme and founder of Emotion Works CIC, who outlines what Emotion Works is and how we work. 

You’ll see film footage of Emotion Works in action in a range of educational contexts and using a range of resources for work with learners at different ages and stages.

You’ll also get a sense of the practice support service we provide on an ongoing basis to all of our members.

Finally you’ll hear from a Principal Teacher and Head Teacher about their reasons for choosing the Emotion Works programme and the impact it’s having on learning and wellbeing in their schools.

3. Training Booklets

A first resource to hand out and browse altogether is the Training Booklet. Full Members should have a hard copy for each member of staff, Trial Members can browse/download below or on the Getting Prepared resource page. Hard Copies can also be bought in the members shop.

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Hand out the Training Booklet to browse before or after watching the Introductory Video to enhance your first discussions about what the Emotion Works programme is and can offer to your school alongside any other wellbeing and curriculum programmes

Teachers might then keep their own copy for training and planning, with the extras as back ups to each class for Support Staff to reference as the roll-out gets underway.

Full Members receive a hard copy for each member of staff, Trial Members can access the download below, or on the Getting Prepared resource page.

4. Resource Packs

School Leads should have received and familiarised themselves with the hard copy resources allocated with their school package (full members only) and have a plan for distribution to class teachers and the setting up of communal learning spaces.

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Hard Copy Resources are included with all Full School Memberships packages. 

When these arrive, School Leads should familiarise themselves with which resources to allocate to different classes and communal learning spaces.

It’s a good idea to have a starter pack and some of the extra resources on display and available to browse at your orientation session, but we’d recommend waiting to distribute to class teachers when you look at the Introductory Training content and programme progression together. 

5. Getting Started Overview Page - a quick look

Preview the Getting Started Overview web page. Is everyone aware that the starting path will be to work through the Getting Started modules, following a 1-cog-at-a-time approach in each class? Try not to get too distracted by the Next Steps content or Emotion Works Library until you have more experience of using the Emotion Works cog programme.

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The Getting Started Overview web page is your launchpad for engaging with the first part of your Emotion Works school journey.

Your staff orientation session should include a quick look at the page so that everyone has an understanding of how the programme will work – by looking at all the cogs together initially and then working through each one individually.

Note how the Getting Prepared and Baseline Assessment boxes have different content to each of the Module boxes. Click on each of the module boxes to demonstrate that each module has a corresponding Training and Teaching Page.

Make sure that everyone is aware that the first roll-out of  Emotion Works will involve following a 1-cog-at-a-time approach in each class?

It may be tempting to look over the Next Steps Programme content and Emotion Works Library. However we would advise not to get too sidetracked by that until you have more experience of using the Emotion Works cog programme.

6. Ongoing Practice Support

Take a quick look at the Practitioner Support web page to get a sense of the various ways Emotion Works as an organisation will be continuing to support you to get the best out of your school membership. Make a print out of the Practice Support poster for your staffroom wall.

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Take a quick look at the Practitioner Support web page to get a sense of the various ways Emotion Works as an organisation will be continuing to support to get the best out of your school membership.

Make a print out of the Practice Support poster for your staffroom wall and browse the different aspects of our aftercare service including:

  • Dedicated School Advisors
  • Online web chat (weekdays)
  • School Lead fortnightly emails
  • Private Facebook group
  • Lively Twitter feed
  • Fortnightly online meetings
  • Weekly resource blog