Global Learning London

CARE – Compassionate and Restorative Education

Gain support for your school’s teachers, pupils and communities in a compassionate and restorative educational approach to aid transition, recovery and learning following COVID-19

Our partners at CDEC have developed CARE – Compassionate and Restorative Education, which is a new training course and toolkit, in response to the challenges schools are facing at the moment as a direct result of COVID-19. We recognise that the effects of COVID-19 for children, families, schools are not short-lived.

The main aim is to support teachers, pupils, schools and communities in a compassionate and restorative educational approach to aid transition, recovery and learning following COVID-19.

CARE empowers young people to become more compassionate, resilient learners and active citizens of the future.

What methodologies is the course based on?

  • Philosophy for Children (P4C)
  • Storytelling
  • Creative practices
  • Outdoor learning opportunities
  • Community building

How will this course be delivered?
This course will be delivered face-to-face online through ZOOM.

Whole-school training
We are flexible as to how we will deliver it but we have one suggested model:

  1. Half a day (3hrs with break) online initial training for all teachers. This will include a short section on staff well-being, introduction to CARE with underlying principles and progression and the resources toolkit (we think that the CARE approach works really well through a creative project).
  2. Two fortnightly twilight catch up online (1hr) to review progress and develop further or specific skills (for instance P4C in the outdoors, mindfulness activities, more ways to use storytelling, or community building).
  3. A one-hour online session at the end of a term or agreed length of time to review progress and identify any long-term needs.
  4. Offer of half a day’s Inset training three to four months after the initial session – face to face or online (this training will be decided in the review stage above).

Over the next year, we will host a series of webinars that will further support this CARE approach.

What is the CARE Toolkit?
The CARE Toolkit contains a rich variety of activities, outlines of projects to carry out, resources to facilitate discussions (including a unique set of Blobtree images) and advice sheets to help all teachers. There are tools to use with Year 6s who are transitioning to Year 7, others that are specifically for secondary school children, while most can be used with pupils of a wide range of age.

It is split into seven themes which include well-being and mental health, creating spaces to talk, projects to carry out as a class or school, looking at different perspectives, and teacher well-being.

For the Secondary CARE programme as part of the CARE toolkit, we have developed a 6-week scheme of lessons to support non-specialist teachers of PSHE.

The lessons focus on building skills in social and emotional well-being and investigating the importance of compassion and restoration to empower students for the future, particularly in the light of Covid-19.

Each session comprises a starter, well-being activities, resources for whole-class discussion and reflection, plenary and a creative home task. There is also a selection of stand-alone activities that could be used during a collapsed curriculum day and well-being journal activities for students own interest.

This series of lessons are ideal for the return to school in September.

What is the cost of the CARE package?
The cost of the package for all school staff is £1,000.00 for schools subscribed to Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service and £1,200.00 for schools that are not subscribed.

How do I book my school onto the course?
To book or enquire about the course, please contact the team at HEC Global Learning Centre.