Education Practitioner Training Impact

From professionals 

Feedback from Education Professionals 

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The course was truly fascinating. Having worked in education for 16 years it’s given me a new angle and so much food for thought!  I want to know more! I think this could really have a huge impact on how we support families.   Year Head

I think that if the wider implications of the I Matter framework were taken onboard by the various organisations that actually work with children and young people and we were all singing from the same hymn sheet,  this would have a significant impact not only on the lives of the young children or young people but also the parents as well and that would have such a knock-on effect as they reached adulthood          Teaching Assistant

As a pastoral team working in a secondary school we are well placed to try and make some of these changes to try to improve the wellbeing and mental health of our children to prioritise and value the skills of relationships.   I Matter is about supporting not only the child but the whole community around that child.  We want to look at what we can do to ensure families are given the support they need for feeling confident in their parenting role.    Pastoral Lead - Year Group Head

If these ideas was also implemented into the primary school by the time that they actually got to secondary school the thinking could possibly be embedded already. If the young people in secondary could be taught certain sections of this I Matters framework during the time at school I think this would help so many  Teaching Assistant

I think the I Matter framework could have a huge impact on how we support families. I often feel slightly powerless to help stressed out families and despite wanting to, feel limited in what practical solutions I can offer. The I Matter framework, I feel, will definitely be of help and I look forward to learning more about it and putting it in to practice.     Year Group Head

As a leader, this course has made me conscious more of how I can lift people around me and also myself. Sometimes I am guilty of beating myself up as I want the best for everyone.  However if I see it as stepping stones process, I can be more positive with me and others. This will have a positive impact on staff.      Assistant Headteacher

I am a HLTA *Higher Level Teaching Assistant) but also a parent and foster carer. I work with primary aged children, have 3 teenagers, and foster toddlers! This course has been so valuable for each and every relationship I encounter on a daily basis.       HLTA, Foster Carer and Parent who completed Core Step 1-2

I think all teachers and TA's should do the course. I have learned SOOOO much that I can and will apply to my professional and personal relationships..  It has definitely made me more tolerant/understanding of children when they are showing complex behaviours in class.   Teacher and HLTA who has completed Core and Extended Training

With this course I have been able to address past difficulties that happened with my son and help my grandchild.  Things have shifted, and we are all more often relaxed and regulated together.  Our relationships have strengthened.  Thank you for I Matter    Grandparent and Teacher who has completed Core and Extended Training

I listened to a 90 min introduction and thought, 'this is the missing part that was not covered during my teacher training'. We have had so little on child development.  I now have a completely different and critically important perspective on my role as a teacher.  I think all student teachers should be offered this as part of their training." PGCE Student who joined an inset session


* This session was very informative, and something that could go a miss in learning and teaching due to the workload of other subjects.
* It was very insightful to discover more.
* Full of thought provoking information.
* It wasn't too information heavy, we all linked our learning to a real-world example we picked. This made it easier to visualise.
* It felt like taking a step back and looking at learning in the classroom as an overall experience, and it useful to do this, rather than focus on one specific learning.
* Cathy’s session was very interesting. I have seen it in action at my primary school so it was interesting to see the theory behind it all.
* This was a really valuable insight into the factors which impact on a child's behaviours and identified a myriad of background information to inform our thinking about children's home environments and how to identify behaviours, that are signs of stress.
* It was also useful to apply this to my teaching and helped to support the importance of managing our own wellbeing.



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  • I Matter Training

    “The Kendal Integrated Care Community has adopted the I Matter Framework as a foundation for our thinking about how to work together in our community to help children and young people and families. Professionals and parents are learning together. It feels good.”

    GP Safeguarding Lead Kendal Integrated Care Community

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    “This course has been so much more than I expected it to be. I have learned so many things that have changed my understanding of myself and of my child. I have worked with many services before this but this has really made the difference. Now I know why I Matter ”

    Parent of complex child

  • I Matter Training

    “The I Matter approach of dealing with the adults before the children is such a useful way to look at things and has turned the dynamics on its head for me. I realised my stress levels are having a huge impact on all of us as a family and learning to change this is starting to make a difference.”

    of challenging teenager

  • I Matter Training

    “EVERY parent and teacher would benefit from this course. Parent carers are a group of people I would like to get this to. This would be a fantastic opportunity to bring a very isolated group of people together to improve the situation they are in. ”

    Children and adults of all ages

  • I Matter Training

    “I am a HLTA but also a parent and foster carer. I work with primary aged children, have 3 teenagers, and foster toddlers! This course has been so valuable for each and every relationship I encounter on a daily basis. ”

    Trained for work and home purposes

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    “Thoroughly brilliant course. Has made an big impact on my own well-being which has meant that I have been more able to cope better with the expected and unexpected aspects of life in a calmer rational manner!! ”

    Key Stage 4 Leader and Parent

  • I Matter Training

    “The Headteacher and other staff now come to me. They are starting to spot the families who would be helped by some I Matter Training. I work flexibly - sometimes just with the parents and sometimes with the parent and child together.. We use the posters and I can see the moments when the pennies start to drop. This is a new way of working for us. I find it exciting to see the changes that happen. ”

    Teacher - Lead Professional

  • I Matter Training

    “The registration questionnaire really got me thinking. I realised how isolated I had let myself become and that this was not helping me or my child. I took action the next day and phoned a friend. I also made another follow-up appointment to speak with my GP. ”