From September 2021 our extensive range of subject and leadership networks is renamed Professional Communities.
Professional Communities are termly meetings led by experts from across the SWIFT partnership, where the focus is on providing updates on national and regional excellence, sharing local examples of effective practice, staging expert and practitioner inputs and curating and sharing resources.
Key Features of Professional Communities
Termly Events with Compelling Agendas
Agendas for Professional Community termly meetings are carefully planned to ensure they capture the priorities of community members, and connect these to the best of regional, national and available evidence.
Contributors to community events will include leading national voices on issues, key officials from national agencies like Ofsted, researchers from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and universities and leads from DfE CPD providers, including English Hubs and EdTech Demonstrators. In addition, local members of the Professional Community that are developing outstanding practice are able to share through events.
Expert Facilitation and Support
Our team of Professional Community leads provide a high level of expertise, enabling the design of high-quality agendas, recruitment of expert speakers and the identification of local expertise. Our Leads are supported by experienced administration teams that ensure we provide a high-quality experience.
Focus on Core Business
Because your time is precious, we commit to ensuring that the agendas focused on your core business. For subject Professional Communities, this means we focus on teaching, assessment, and curriculum. For non-teaching Professional Communities, we focus on priorities set by the community.
Tools for Sharing
For 2021-2022, we are introducing tools that support community sharing, including a new SWIFT Resource Library and will create simple systems to enable colleagues to share and connect between events across the year.
Primary Professional Communities
Event Title | Science Professional Community: Scientific Vocabulary & Closing the Science Gap
Start Date | Thursday 13 January 2022 from 1540 - 1700
Venue | Online
Event Title | Physical Education Professional Community
Start Date | Tuesday 18 January 2022 from 1400 - 1600
Venue | Willowbrook Primary School, Summer Lane, Beacon Heath, Exeter EX4 8NN AND online
Secondary Professional Communities
Event Title | Psychology Professional Community AQA Psychology Update
Start Date | Wednesday 12 January 2022 from 1400 - 1600
Target Audience | Secondary, Subject Leaders and Teachers
Venue | Online
Event Title | Health & Social Professional Community
Start Date | Thursday 13 January 2022 from 1530 - 1700
Venue | Online
Event Title | Business Studies Professional Community
Start Date | Monday 24 January 2022 from 1330 - 1530
Venue | Online
Alternative Education Professional Community
Event Title | Alternative Education Professional Community
Start Date | Tuesday 18 January 2022 from 1500 - 1600
Venue | Online
To find out more about our Professional Communities, please contact:
Welcome to RSHE Ready
The introduction of the new Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) 2020 guidance for September has put the holistic development of our young people back at the centre of education.
All schools will be required to deliver a broad, rich and appropriate RSHE curriculum to all pupils. This will be challenging for many schools and RSHE Ready is here to help address some of the most pressing challenges. SWIFT are leading the Department for Education training to support schools in the South West in readiness for the new Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) 2020 guidance.
All state secondary, special schools and PRU’s can register an interest now and will receive updates and access to training and materials as they are released.
If you are a primary school who would like to register for the Primary programme please see the booking link below. Torbay Teaching Schools Alliance are delivering the Primary programme.
This offer includes:
This support package is being delivered in waves with a capped number of schools in each wave:
To find out more about the RSHE team, the Learning Portal, and how to access the training and support available:
We have created a digest of some of the best resources for schools on Mental Health and Wellbeing. This includes the NHS and leading charities, like Young Minds and the Charlie Waller Trust.
cbt4schools | Printable resources to support mental health and changing patterns in children and young people to effect positive change.
Creative Education | Practical, engaging online video courses empowering everyone who works with or cares for children to help them develop their skills.
Activity Alliance | Resources to support disabled people to be active at home.
The Youth Sport Trust | A range of resources about sport, and how to support the mental and physical well-being of students.
Open Minds | Provides bespoke tools and sessions to manage emotions, encourage positive thinking and develop a healthy mindset.
Young Minds | Tools for young people to look after their mental health and empower adults to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives.
Charlie Waller Trust | Information and resources for mental health and well-being, adolescent psychology, childhood anxiety and depression.
Sunrise Psychology | A bespoke educational psychology service to schools in the South West providing mindfulness courses, therapeutic interventions and staff training.
Psychology Associates | A multidisciplinary practice that provides bespoke training, conferences www.psychologyassociates.org.uk/services-to-education/and support and also access to the Adoption Support Fund.
PSHE Association | PSHE educational lesson materials and planning tools for Association Members and free guidance documents, podcasts and articles for Non-Members.
Able Futures | Mental Health support for employees and apprentices. Employers and apprentice providers can also use the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service.
Education Support | The only UK charity dedicated to supporting the mental health and well-being of education staff in schools, colleges and universities.
Talkworks | A free confidential, NHS talking therapy service, part of IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), for adults in Devon (excluding Plymouth).
Support during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Anna Freud National Centre for Families and Children | Support and advice for young people, parents, schools and colleges, and mental health workers.
Mindheart #COVIBOOK | A book by author Manuela Molina for families to use to support and reassure children under the age of seven to help discuss the range of emotions triggered by the Covid-19 situation.
Public Health England | Information for children to help them understand about Coronavirus, the importance of hand washing and how to help stop the virus spreading.
Podcasts | Support During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Recovery Curriculum | Barry Carpenter CBE, OBE is the UK’s first Professor in Mental Health in Education at Oxford Brookes University and Honorary Professor at universities in Ireland, Germany and Australia. Awarded an OBE and CBE for services to children with Special Needs, he is included in “Who’s Who” in acknowledgement of his national and international contribution to the field of Special Education.
Government Websites | Support During the Coronavirus Pandemic
We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Chartered College to develop and grow the Chartered Teacher Programme. About the Chartered Teacher Programme The programme has three phases, each with supporting face-to-face events or webinars hosted online (in response to COVID-19). Within each phase, participants will consider their own professional development, explore research and evidence, and demonstrate and extend their knowledge and understanding in key areas.