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Our training is empirically-informed and is customized to fit your specific needs.  We provide a range of training formats and content. We can host training at the University of Edinburgh, or we can come to locations which suit you within your local authority.

We provide a range of training formats. Which format would suit your session?

One-hour staff development presentation with limited hands-on opportunity.  This works well as part of an INSET day with an inclusion focus.  We often include people from mobile cultures or their educators in these sessions to provide first-hand insights.
These sessions are an opportunity to turn theory and knowledge into practice.  The sessions are balanced to ensure you participate in creative activities, collaborate and co-produce with colleagues and, most importantly, leave with a clear idea that will influence your own practice.
For a whole day session we combine ‘starters’, ‘mains’ and ‘afters’.
We also provide practitioner-led workshops for pupils.  Practitioners usually have a range of art and digital skills.  These sessions develop visual and critical literacy. Examples include gaining pupils’ views on ‘big issues’ or ‘questions’.  Other times we invite pupils to create their own issues that need exploring. This is ‘agency’ at its best!    

Training option 1: What do educators need to know about educational legislation and how it relates to Gypsy/Traveller culture, traditions and contemporary mobile lives?

These sessions offer direct insights and collaboration with an adult or young people from the Gypsy/Traveller community. Learn what matters to them, their values and attitudes, what their greatest challenges are, what inspires them, and their experiences of community and education.

We begin these longer sessions with a brief familiarisation with the policy and legislation relating to mobile learners’ educational experiences, rights and entitlements. You will be able to discuss the different ways that mobile culture can impact on engagement and achievement. Learn how teachers can support children both in the class and learning at a distance.  Share strategies for making the school more welcoming, flexible and accessible.

 

How well do we ensure that all staff undertake regular professional learning around legislation, statutory requirements and codes of practice for mobile and interrupted learners?

Try out some of the creative software packages we use relating to rights and entitlements and modify for your own use in class.

Training option 2: How well does our school and curriculum celebrate mobile culture and promote equality and diversity and eliminate discrimination?

These sessions offer direct insights and collaboration with an adult or young people from the Gypsy/Traveller community.  Learn about identity, the ways in which individuals and groups feel included or excluded, what opportunities do families feel are available and what would they like to change?…

For longer sessions you can discover strategies to enable you to reflect Gypsy/Traveller culture ethically in your school or classroom and learn how to create resources in partnership with pupils.

To what extent does our school celebrate the diversity of mobile cultures? How well does our school ensure that the curriculum is designed to develop and promote equality and diversity and eliminate discrimination in relation to mobile cultures?

Try out some of the creative software packages we use in developing citizenship across the curriculum with all stages.

Training option 3: Engaging families in the life of the school

These sessions offer direct insights and collaboration with an adult or young people from the Gypsy/Traveller community. Learn first-hand about push/pull factors, interests, motivations, future aspirations and attitudes toward learning and education.  What sort of things could you do differently to engage families in your school?

For longer sessions you can plan strategies to enable you to support engagement and involvement in various aspects of school life. Learn how to create engaging activities in partnership with pupils and parents. You will be prompted to think about groups or events which would resonate with mobile families – drawing on culture, traditions, values, and existing skills.

Try out some of the creative software packages we use to support parents and carers to work with their children at home. These packages and approaches are unique in making creative connections between formal and informal learning.

Training option 4: Using visual methods for creative and democratic participation

Enjoy a visual learning methods taster session.  Learn all about visual methods, how they can be used, their different purposes, and their unique strengths in engaging reluctant learners.  Find out why visual methods have been particularly effective for engaging mobile families through case study examples – illustrating families’ culturally embedded learning and communication styles.

Longer sessions can take the form of  ‘How to’ approaches, which offer practical examples and workshop templates for using visual methods and creative approaches to address important issues concerning mobile families.  These include: ‘I AM…’ sessions tackling the theme of identity.  The session will demonstrate how to use visual and creative methods to explore the topic of identity with pupils and consider Inspiration, Attitudes and Motivation (I AM) in learning. You will also learn how to use visual methods to prompt and support dialogue about bullying and discrimination for a non-threatening means of approaching sensitive subjects.

Using visual methods in an immersive and stimulating CPD workshop.   Through visual methods and creative intervention, practitioners will be able to critically examine their assumptions about education and mobile communities, and identify ways in which their practice can be positively influenced by new knowledge and processes.  Activities include case study mapping exercises, object-elicitation and concept models – all with the aim to encourage new thinking, challenge and broaden concepts around education, pedagogy and mobile cultures.