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Online training – Supervision in Schools

May 13, 2020 @ 4:09 pm


Has the time come to introduce supervision into  your school?


Jo Rowe and Penny Sturt, co-authors of a guide to introducing supervision into schools  are offering supervision training online, targeted at school leaders, Designated Safeguarding Leads and pastoral leads. Supervision has long been available to social workers, psychologists, counsellors, school nurses and others working with schools, it is surprising that it has not been more available to staff in schools and is beginning to be recognised as a gap that needs filling.


As schools prepare to resume face to face teaching how will they do so safely with sufficient support for students and staff. What will the ‘new normal’ look like, what adjustments to learning will be needed, e.g. the recovery curriculum? The Integrated Model of Supervision is a framework for enabling emotional support, reflective practice and critical thinking. It is also key to the development of a safe organisation where the safety and wellbeing of children is at the core of day to day practice. We have piloted  it in schools and have ideas and experience about what makes it workable in schools. There are similarities to coaching methods which many schools already use.


In recognition of the unique challenges facing schools we are proposing the following online training. Book here


2 x 2 hours online training seminars for 10 delegates.


  1. What is supervision and why do it? Aimed at those in school leadership to think about what the current challenges are as schools prepare to resume. How supervision may be a useful space to explore the  needs of staff and students arising from their experiences of life under lockdown.




  1. How to introduce supervision to school – 16 pieces of a jigsaw This follow up training builds on the first session and prior attendance on the first seminar is required. Explaining the Integrated Model of Supervision and how to put it into practice drawing on our experience of working with staff in schools to introduce supervision to schools. This session will look at how to put the building blocks in place for introducing a supervisory framework.


The most effective handout for this course is a copy of our book, designed to support training and to assist in introducing supervision into schools, we have provided templates and ideas that are integral to our approach.


Additionally there is the option of ongoing supervision/consultancy to support school leaders embed supervision into a school framework. Without the experience of your own supervision it can be hard to offer it to others and for that reason we would encourage Heads or DSLs to take up the offers of consultancy or supervision either from Penny or Talking Heads.




Trainers Jo Rowe and Penny Sturt


Penny Sturt is an independent trainer, consultant and registered social worker. Following her advanced social work training, which developed her interest in supervision, Penny has been delivering supervision training as an associate with In-Trac Training and Consultancy Ltd/ Research in Practice. Penny ran the pilot for schools having followed up requests for supervision training in schools. Penny has a long-standing interest in safeguarding and supervision across multi-agency settings.  She has run training courses and consulted with health, social care and educational settings around supervision.


Penny Sturt tweets @practicematters



Jo Rowe is an Educational Psychologist working for a Local Authority. Jo currently provides group supervision in a range of settings, and participates in group supervision with her team members in the Educational Psychology Service.  Jo has 20 years experience as an Educational Psychologist, with familiarity of working in a range of school settings, and supporting children and young people with additional needs and school staff in these settings. Jo is keen to apply her knowledge and experience of group supervision to the wider school community. She recently extended this interest by researching the impact of supervision for school staff with a safeguarding role.


Jo Rowe tweets @JoRoweAuthor




Next Course  Day 1 Thursday 2nd July 9.30-11.30am

Day 2 Thursday 16th July 9.30 -11.30am


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Recent Work

My new book Using Supervision in Schools is published. I am very pleased that this collaborative effort with Jo Rowe and colleagues in education settings is now in print and available. Training in supervision is also available through In-Trac Training and Consultancy . Please read on to find out more.

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Delighted that this article, co-authored with a fellow In-Trac Associate, Bridget Rothwell, has just been published. We are keen as trainers to keep a dialogue going between practitioners and academics about how supervision continues to be useful in practice and what supports the conditions to be an effective supervisor. I continue to offer supervision training through In-Trac to supervisors working in children’s services, early years and school settings.

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