• Pooky Knightsmith

Bitesize CPD: being a safe adult

Updated: May 30, 2019

Short sharp bursts of CPD can be highly effective - so I'm going to start building a series of suggested bitesize CPD sessions with brief, practical ideas that could be incorporated into your regular meetings.


This time I suggest sharing a snippet from an interview I did with Clinicial Pscychologist Tony France.

You may find this quite naturally generates discussion in your staffroom, but some questions you could use to direct the discussion include:


  • Why is it important for children to have safe adults?

  • Are there any children in my class who don’t have a safe adult?

  • If so – who and what can be done to address that?

  • Who do we think does this well? What can we learn from them?

  • Are there any small changes I can make to my approach to make a safer adult?

I've included these questions in a pause point at the end of the video.


The penultimate question can be a great one as the answer is often a member of support staff who is a bit of an unsung hero, often quietly getting on with being brilliant. Taking a moment to stop and reflect on what it is they are doing each day that enables pupils (and maybe staff too) to feel safe and grounded in their company can both be a great celebration of that staff member and also a great learning opportunity for the rest of us.


If you have a little more time, this whole video would be really worth a watch. I found Tony to be down to earth, practical and engaging.

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