As a universal service, education is expected to safeguard and meet the needs of all children, some of whom may have complex issues, and to provide emotional support for children and their families. There are increasing pressures and changes facing schools and teachers across the UK, however unlike other similar stressful professions there is currently a lack of a structured framework to support school staff to deal with the rigours of their role. Supervision is a method of supporting staff with their safeguarding role and with the emotional demands of their work. This guide is designed to act as a consultative document in instigating supervision in schools using their feedback about what worked. It will also help relevant schools to comply with the statutory requirements of supervision in The Early Years Framework.
The integrated model of supervision is an effective model which can be used in a variety of school settings from Reception to Year 13. The first four chapters of the book unpick the core components of the model and the second part of the book addresses the issues arising in schools specifically, describing the supervision pilot the authors carried out across five schools with great success.
The illustrated book will be an invaluable guide to all schools, governing bodies, those trained in supervision, local authorities, national educational advisers and school academy trusts.
‘I have felt the benefit of my own supervision to be very valuable and would like to offer my thanks for this. It takes an informed leap of faith, followed by sustained commitment in order for schools to recognise the benefits longer term. Having done this as a school, I am very willing to advocate the benefits to others.’
(Designated Safeguarding Lead who took part in the pilot)