Connected Classrooms - Bringing empathy and wellbeing into the heart of teaching

Connected Classrooms - Bringing empathy and wellbeing into the heart of teaching

Connected Classrooms CPD
Key Info: 
  • Explore key issues affecting emotional health and wellbeing, causing disconnection in the classroom
  • Engage in three core areas of connected learning: Self, Society and Environment
  • Develop a range of simple, practical SMSC and connected learning ideas to take back and implement into the classroom and whole school environment
  • Access an integrated Connected Learning programme for KS3-KS5
  • Residential and Non-Residential Options Available

With Rachel Musson

£ 320.00
Course fees include a two-night stay in private accommodation with shared bathroom and all vegetarian meals.
Fee also includes any field trips, materials as well as all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. Non Residential option is £260.00. To book as a non-residential particiant, enter voucher code "Non-Res-CPD" at checkout.

Become the teacher you wish you'd had. Transform your classroom with empathy and compassion.

According to the World Health Organisation, by 2020 depression will be the second largest cause of disability in human populations.  This increase is in part due to the growing pressures within our schools and classrooms, with students (and staff) suffering from overwhelm, disconnection and burnout.

This course uses both SMSC (Spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development – a key touchstone for Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) – as well as permaculture design ethics, of care for the earth and care for people, as a template for connected learning. 

It focuses on connecting to self, society and the environment, exploring some of the key issues facing students and educators in the 21st century, whilst sharing methodologies to feel resilient and empowered facing these challenges.

You will explore some of the root causes of mental health issues in our schools, and some of the long-term supportive practices, using a range of approaches to nurture resilience, empathy and connection.

You will explore facilitation as a method of teaching and learn a range of pedagogical techniques to transform your classroom.  These methods allow students to feel more engaged and connected to themselves and to some of the wider issues happening around them and also develop stronger connections to the school community.

“Excellent session! It was engaging, relevant and well presented. Rachel offers a great balance of theory and supporting examples to illustrate how to put new ideas into practice.”— Head of PSHE, Marine Academy Plymouth

You will spend time understanding how to nurture connection to SELF – focusing on positive emotional health and wellbeing - to SOCIETY – developing skills to teach empathy and compassion with a focus on key global issues - and to the ENVIRONMENT – focusing on ways to encourage more connection to the natural world.

Each of these three stages of connection will offer you a range of ideas and practices to take back to teach your colleagues and to practise with your students. This course offers the unique opportunity to spend time with fellow educators exploring some of the wider issues impacting your teaching experience, helping you to develop a range of simple, effective techniques to empower you to be the inspiring educator you set out to become.

*The Booking Deadline gives us an accurate idea of course participant numbers at approximately 6 weeks before the course is due to run, at which point we confirm the course, add additional time for people to book on or cancel the course. We encourage people to register early for courses as places are limited.

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With Rachel Musson
Rachel Musson

Rachel Musson

Rachel Musson is an English teacher, traveller and writer with extensive experience teaching and working in schools in the UK, in Tanzania, Nepal, Peru, Ireland and Australia. Her work and experiences as a teacher and teacher trainer led her to set up ThoughtBox Education – an integrated connected learning programme for schools to support young people with key life skills to face an uncertain future.

Originally working as a Secondary English teacher, Rachel left the formal profession in 2012 to spend time researching and writing on connected learning in schools across the world. Using her own experience as a classroom teacher for 13 years and the experience and knowledge gained from time living and working in a range of countries and cultures, Rachel developed a series of programmes to support schools and young people in feeling more connected to their futures and the world around them. 

Bringing methodologies learned through immersive time in a range of pedagogical systems and time studying innovative education, her work and practice explores connected learning, focuses on innovative ideas in education, and examines ways to nurture emotional health.

If you would like to book onto one of our short courses, you will need to create an account. This is a simple process of choosing a username, email address and password. Once you have created an account you will receive a verification email. Please click on the verification link within to have full access to the site and to make your booking. (You may need to  check your spam folder if you do not see this email.)  We will email you confirmation of your payment and any further communication about your course application.

Residential accommodation for "Changing the Frame"  is at Higher Close, a 20 minute walk from Schumacher College. All meals will be provided at the college.

A place can not be guaranteed unless we receive your deposit or payment on your chosen course. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please do this before making your course application.

Short Course Bursaries create an opportunity for an individual to experience the powerful transformative learning by joining a course that assists the participant to inspire their wider community and benefits from the participant’s own unique contribution. It is our hope that our bursaries support a wide cross section of participation on our short course programme. The number of bursaries available is limited, competition is strong and funding is not always available for every short course. Please be aware that most bursaries are in the region of 10% – 20% of the course fee so please be prepared to raise funding from other sources.  A bursary award is not intended to cover travel or incidental expenses.

Applications are viewed on a case-by-case basis and we are unable to enter into discussions on any decisions. We generally have many more applications for bursaries than we have funding available. We can only offer one bursary per person per year and priority is given to those who have not attended the college or received a bursary before. To help us support as many people as possible, please only apply if you would be unable to attend the course without a bursary.

How to apply for a bursary

Six weeks before the course is due to start all bursary applications will be considered and responded to.  If successful you will be required to accept our Bursary Terms and Conditions.

Please answer the following:

  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
  2. How will your attendance on this course benefit the wider community?
  3. If your financial situation justifies you applying for a bursary, how much are you able to contribute towards attending this course?

Please be prepared to supply an appropriate reference in support of your application.