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Supporting Schools and Families

Education Adviser Gareth D. Morewood fills us in on the development of the LASER programme in the last few months, and how the face-to-face programme has been adapted for online delivery to support families and teachers during the lockdown.

Group of first ever LASER delegates at the Seashell Trust in Stockport, January 2020
The First LASER Cohort - Stockport, January 2020

2020 has been a very busy year so far for our Educational project here at Studio 3. January saw the launch of The LASER Project at the Seashell Trust in Stockport. A fantastic mix of local and international delegates attended the programme delivered by our CEO, Professor Andy McDonnell and Educational Advisor, Gareth Morewood for the first time.

Read the training evaluation report here.

Shortly afterwards, Gareth and Andy headed to Dubai to work with our partners at Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) in delivering two further LASER courses to their staff and external delegates. You can hear what Emma Dibden, JESS Inclusion Champion, thought of the training by listening to the podcast interview.

In addition to delivering the LASER programme, Gareth has continued to offer direct support and advice to individual families, schools and organisations, alongside delivering a range of training, keynote addresses and CPD days. One of the highlights was the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Mental Health Event, at which Gareth’s lively final keynote was ‘live drawn’ by the fabulous Rebecca Osborne.

Since the recent changes in working arrangements due to the Covid-19 lockdown, we have been hard at work making our services available online, either as free webinars or low-cost training and clinical support. As part of this shift, The LASER Programme has been re-worked for online delivery, in a way that we hope will support parents educating their children at home, as well as teachers continuing to work in a school setting. Gareth will deliver the first of these sessions in May - find out more information here.

There continues to be a significant amount of ongoing and exciting new work with families, young people and educational settings, and even a pandemic cannot stop us maintaining high impact and low cost support for schools, professionals, parents/carers & young people.

Written by Studio 3 Educational Adviser, Gareth D Morewood (@gdmorewood). Read Gareth's exclusive interview with Claire Ryan of ChatterPack UK on how best to support children and young people from home!


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