Improving learner outcomes

Circles for Learning


Circles for Learning courses are hosted by OLT for Alison Waterhouse. To enrol on one of the courses please contact Alison using the form below – you cannot purchase a place through the OLT website.

About Circles for Learning

Circles for Learning is a series of courses covering five key (currently two are available online) areas that act as foundations for positive mental health and wellbeing:

This module is created for all those practitioners who want to:

  • Explore the concept of relationships and why they are important to our mental health and wellbeing
  • Understand the concept of attachment theory and how important early relationships are to the developing child
  • Develop an understanding about how our early relationships shape the developing brain
  • Define social skills/competencies and explore how these develop
  • Define empathy and explore its role in developing strong relationships
  • To develop an understanding about how Attachment Theory can shape the way we work with schools

This module is created for all those practitioners who want to:

  • Explore how the brain influences our behaviour and learning and how it impacts on our mental health and wellbeing
  • To introduce the concept of ‘The Learning Relationship’ and the impact this has on learning
  • To understand the impact of Trauma on brain development
  • To explore how trauma affects learning and behaviour
  • To develop the knowledge and understanding to be Trauma Sensitive Practitioner
  • To develop the knowledge and understanding to help develop Trauma Sensitive Schools.

The courses are designed for teachers, teaching assistants, higher level teaching assistants, emotional literacy support assistants, learning mentors, wellbeing champions or other professionals working with children and young people (CYP).

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Each course is divided into chapters that have been shown to have a positive effect on the wellbeing of CYP within the education system. These can be undertaken separately to support a specific CPD need, or they can be studied as a complete package.

If practitioners wish to deliver the Circles for Learning Project within their schools, all five courses need to be completed. They can then work with a trained Circles for Learning Coach who will support and mentor them to deliver the project to their class or group for the first year.

Circles for Learning is a research driven project that develops strong foundations for positive MHWB in the classroom. It has been shown to have a positive impact on relationships, emotional literacy, skills and attitudes for learning, self-esteem and resilience.

For further information about the project

Please go to www.circlesforlearning.co.uk 

Please enter your details in the attached form, including any questions you have, and Alison will get back to you.

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