Week 17: Guest Speaker – Gill Sommers


Learning Objectives:
1. Develop and recommend strategies for inclusive learning.
2. Describe the type of support and procedures available to safeguard learners.
3. Analyse a range of behaviour management strategy for effective learning.

The starter activity was to write down examples of negative classroom behaviour, then to pin these up on an ‘Agony Board. This was revisited towards the end of the session, where we examined each scenario to try and identify any common issues. This was quite difficult, as the overall issues were negative behaviour, which was evidenced in either poor attendance, language or attitude. The objective was to get to the root, the possible causes of the learners negative behaviour.

A flow model was examined on what to do to follow through with such behaviour.
1. Identify the possible cause
2. Research and analyse possible solutions
3. Apply strategy

Guest Speaker – Gill Sommers
To support our understanding and knowledge of safeguarding, we had a guest speaker. Gill is the Director of Student Recruitment at Fareham College, alongside being part of the ‘Safeguarding Team’. The overall role and duty of the safeguarding team is to support and safeguard learners. The talk was very informative and was contextualised through recent events; it was pointed out that new safeguarding policies have been put in place as a result of past events. I feel that this supports the old idiom of ‘Closing the barn door, once the horse has bolted.’

It was reiterated that it is everyones duty to protect and safeguard children; no one should ignore any potential issues, not matter how small they may be. Actual events were described, where people were in a position to report an incident/crime against a child and failed to do so, in which the result was the death of a child. It was recommended that it is better to report any incident, not matter how small, as this information can be added and examined to paint a larger picture. 

A question was posed, that who do you contact if you believe a learner/child is experiencing abuse?
The answer was simple: call Children Services on 03005551384
If you are in an organisation, such as a college, then raise the concern with the safeguarding team, who can then assess the situation and contact Children Services. 

In addition to observation and awareness the importance of record keeping was addressed; rigorous documentation provides evidence for cases and can, upon the correct procedural request, be shared with the appropriate agency/organisation. Aside from providing evidence of concern/abuse, record keeping can be utilised to inform other educational institutes of a learners requirements; for example a learners profile can be passed from a secondary school to a college, which can then be used to further develop learning strategies to better support their progression.

The final part of the session was practical based in the IT room, where we could work upon out group profiles and other assignments.

• Complete the team role questionnaire found at www.123test.com/team-roles-test

• Continue Group Profiles
• Research the assessment procedures used in your own practice, bring an example.
• Challenge task for me: Start examining Task 03 on creating an induction leaflet on assessment guiding.

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