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Webinar: Connection, community, relationships: social-emotional learning to rebuild after Covid-19

  • Webcasts
  • 15 Jun 2020
social, emotional and mental wellbeing
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The Covid-19 lockdown has had a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in our school communities, including of course those with SEND.

This webinar will illustrate three practical tools that can be used to re-energise a learning conversation with parents and carers and help children and young people to identify and develop the social and learning skills vital to successful learning. The webinar will cover:

  • the STAR Framework for capturing small-step improvement;
  •  the Skills Builder Expanded Framework that gives employers, practitioners, parents/carers and learners a progressive small step learning matrix to support the explicit learning of eight essential skills, and;
  • the Core Strength Framework that helps with identifying, acknowledging and building skills for learning, employment and life.

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Marius Frank


Marius is currently strategic lead for E-Learning Development and Youth Justice at Achievement for All. After a spell as a neuroscientist and teacher, Marius became Headteacher of Bedminster Down in Bristol and led the school community to a remarkable transformation, becoming one of the first in the region to gain the Inclusion kitemark and trebling performance outcomes in a decade. In 2010, Marius became CEO of ASDAN Education, a large curriculum development and innovation charity and awarding organization, before eventually joining Achievement for All in 2015. Marius led a DfE-funded programme to reduce the impact and incidence of bullying on children and young people with SEND before turning his attention to youth justice, leading a two-year DfE contract aimed at securing better outcomes for young people with SEND in the Youth Justice System. He continues in his prime role editing and building online professional development programmes.

Tom Varley

Tom Varley is a Senior Associate for The Skills Builder Partnership, which brings together more than 700 organisations to build essential skills through a common mission, joined by shared language, principles and outcomes. At the core of this is the Skills Builder framework, a universal framework that shows how to build essential skills at every stage of life. Tom leads the organisation’s work to support learners with additional needs in a range of mainstream and specialist settings, as well as working with organisations and employers to build these skills outside of education in a personalised and meaningful way.

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