I Matter Training for Senior Leadership Roles
FOR SENIOR LEADERS AND THEIR TEAMS WHO KNOW SOMETHING IMPORTANT HAS TO CHANGE
WORK FOR OUR I MATTER ORGANISATIONAL AWARD!
Too much to do and not enough time to think about what exactly is being done...? And anyhow, who exactly is looking out for you?
Every senior leader in child and family practice knows there is a problem in their setting linked to helping children with challenging behaviour or mental health concerns... but then what...?
Deep down, most probably know there is a question about working differently ..... or more effectively..... with parents....with communities...
Deep down, there is a question, isn't there, about what 'The Evidence' on best outcomes is REALLY saying.......but what is that exactly....?
And OK, so though an I Matter Course may sound interesting there is a problem about... who exactly should be paying..??.... and when you could possibly fit it in...??..as there is SO much to do....
Like managing attendance... and progress.... and behaviour....
WHAT IF YOU COULD HAVE THE I MATTER FRAMEWORK DISTILLED?
NEW-THINKING -STAFF WELL-BEING - LEADERSHIP PREPARATION - EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE - UNDERSTANDING BEHAVIOUR - VULNERABLE CHILDREN - DEVELOPMENTALLY SENSITIVE THINKING - TRAUMA SENSITIVE PRACTICE - EDUCATION AND SUPPORTING OF PARENTS - RELATIONSHIP BUILDING - THERAPEUTIC PARENTING - PREVENTION AND CRISIS INTERVENTION - JOINED UP CHILD AND ADULT MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE - WHOLE SETTING CONSISTENCY - STAFF INDUCTION - LONGER TERM CARE CO-ORDINATION - COMMUNITY HUB DEVELOPMENT..... AND MORE....
I MATTER INTENSIVE AND FIRST STEPS FOR SENIOR LEADERS IS INTENDED FOR YOU -
AS WELL AS OUR I MATTER ORGANISATIONAL AWARD
ONCE YOU HAVE SOME CORE TRAINING THEN OTHER TRAINING CAN FOLLOW.
THIS IS NOT THE FULL COURSE BUT IT WILL HELP YOU SUPPORT YOUR TEAM - VERY LITTLE WORK DEMAND - LOTS OF SUPPORT AND INSPIRATION
Senior Leaders I Matter Training
The I Matter Framework One Week Crash Course is designed for professionals and senior leaders and parents-carers who want to get a fast overview of I Matter Framework thinking and its implications. The course is intended to help you orientate yourself and others to some of the key ideas . The I Matter Senior Leaders crash course is run specifically for senior leaders.
Your participation in this training is incredibly important for your team. We have seen over and over again that the insight and clarity of leadership is very key to making the changes we need to see for children. This course will get you started on the challenge of how to make a real and meaningful difference
Following completion of the I Matter Crash Course Senior Leaders can join the professionals Foundation A consolidation drop in's or the senior leader consolidation network.
Completion of the I Matter Crash Course followed by participation in the I Matter Senior Network offers a Senior Link Level 1 Certification - ie reflecting a core understanding of what the I Matter Framework is all about and the implications for everyday practice with children.
The I Matter School-Service Membership and Organisational Award Scheme is intended to help your school or service who want to move past the Tasters stages and get started with the right people on board to help children, staff and parents pursue the I Matter Challenge Award and the I Matter Organisational Award..
The subscription is a two year minimum as we want to work with schools and services who have a commitment to a longer term view and we want to help you get strong foundations in place. Its core function is to support a regular progress audit and planning process
There is also an expectation that you will invest in some further training to take forward your staff developmental needs. I Matter ideas are on the surface quite simple but results are seen only through determination and practice because quite a lot of everyday issues need putting under the microscope and you can't do other people's learning journey for them.
Making an organisational commitment to a longer term process is the way you will see sustained results.
SENIOR LINK ROLE AND CERTIFICATION
The Senior Link role is by application. You must be a professional member and to be a senior link for your organisation you must have the formal support of your organisation for this role. You will take part in a short workshop with preparation training.
You will then be able to:In the certification preparation stage you will:take part in a 12 month supported learning process and will build a simple practice portfolio:
Second Week of Month - Senior Leaders Level 2
Third Week of Month - Kendal ICC - Developing Local Practice
Fourth Week of Month - Senior Leaders Level 2
Fifth week of month - interesting visitors
Certification is based on submitting a summary portfolio and presenting a summary of your key learning to an agreed audience
Please note due to the current COVID-19 situation and the relevance of this training to many situations we are currently working with our partners to fast track some of this core training. If you are keen to take something forward please contact us for a conversation
Training and Organisational Development through the I Matter Project is in Phases
Our priorities as with most organisations are engagement... and attendance... and progress... and behaviour... and impact on outcomes.
However with an I Matter Framework perspective we approach several of these issues in a distinctive fashion...we help address some missing links
What is the I Matter Framework Charter Award Organisational Quality Mark?
The I Matter Organisational Award is intended to recognise schools and organisations who have proven commitment and results to show:
- ensuring staff are trained and make decisions informed by a good understanding of child development and the adult role
- giving curriculum priority to ensuring children master the fundamentals of social-emotional development
- empowering parent-partnership by ensuring that any parent who asks for help can access training and support in a timely fashion
- Implementing the I Matter Framework Award including benchmarking tools
Benefits of membership and the I Matter Framework Organisational Award?
- Evidence your commitment to child mental health and support for children's development via healthy relationships
- Educate, and engage staff and parents and hold them accountable
- Ensure that home and school share a common framework
- Benchmark progress for Ofsted with assessment tools that are developmentally sensitive and relevant to all children
- Join an active network committed to thinking systemically and developmentally in education
- Deliver relevant training easily to staff and parents without huge demands on your time
- Benefit from our discounting and affiliate scheme
A WIN-WIN sustainable solution that empowers adults to step into taking greater responsibility
To be awarded the I Matter Framework Organisational Award you will need to build a team and take small steps
Organisational Change can feel challenging and overwhelming so.. as with all things in I Matter.. we believe in taking small steps
So in organisations we encourage you to think about organisations as made of parts and cohorts or networks within networks
In order to apply for an I Matter Organisational Award the task of Phase 1 is to identify an initial team who want to work together on the award
Your team size should be 4-8 people who together share some responsibility for an identifiable group of children and their linked adults
As a team you should be able to give yourself a name and if you are in an organisation you should have the support of your Senior Leadership
Then you can get started on your I Matter Organisational Award Scheme by submitting the letter below to us stating your intent
THE FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESS WITH CHALLENGING SITUATIONS
1. ACKNOWLEDGE THE FOG - NAME YOUR WANTS AND YOUR NOT-WANTS
2. BECOME INFORMED
3. TAKE CARE OF YOU AND BUILD YOURSELF A TEAM
4. CONNECT AND TAKE CHARGE - BUILD ROUTINES
5. FINE TUNING
PLEASE NOTE: The following bench-marking guidelines are still in draft and subject to change and adjustment
Phase 1 - Preparation and Tasters - (Organisational Membership not needed for First Steps and Foundation A)
1.1 A few staff have taken part in some I Matter tasters
1.2 A minimum of two staff have completed Foundation A and B and preferably Intermediate A
First Steps Nuggets and Gems and I Matter Crash Course
Foundation A - From Confusion to Clarity - consolidation of the I Matter Framework
Foundation B - Watching Affectionately - Theory to practice coaching
Intermediate A -Thinking Developmentally
Intermediate B - Nurturing Growth
Link Role supporting access to training and gaining experience
Link Plus and Child Practitioner
Lead Role supporting inhouse learning
We run a central programme of classes and are developing a training programme to support the delivery of that programme.
We anticipate that some of those involved in helping us run the central programme will progress to helping run an inhouse programme.
I Matter Course Facilitation Preparation - open to application from Link Professionals
Level 1: Community Mentor: Assist with Welcomes
Level 2: Study Support Assistant on A Courses
Level 3: Online Coaching Assistant on B Courses and Forum
Phase 2 - Embedding Principles - Organisational Membership - Subscription
2.1 Preparing a team able to support an organisational strategy with a longer term view - shifting insight, attitudes and outlooks
2.2 Embedding thinking into practices - supporting access to I Matter Award Scheme for less complex families as part of a plan via named Link
2.3 Starting to offer study support in-house for less complex families for online learning as part of an agreed action plan via named Lead
Foundation - Bronze - Link Organisation with commitment to staff training about child development and adult role
Intermediate - Silver- Link Plus Organisation with commitment to embedding developmental thinking and skills building
Advanced - Gold - Stage 1 - Lead Organisation with commitment to parent education and skills building
Phase 3 - Supporting Others - Complex needs
3.1 Starting to offer study support for more complex families in partnership as part of an agreed plan
3.2 Supporting other organisations in developing their thinking
Advanced - Platinum - Stage 2 - Advanced Practice - with commitment to supporting locality and those with escalated and complex needs
When parents take part in training they can also be awarded phase 1 certificates
GETTING STARTED WITH I MATTER - Summary
I Matter Challenge Crash Courses for Senior Leaders are designed to equip Senior Leadership individuals and Teams with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to take a careful look at everyday practice in relation to what psychological theory and evidence is really saying. The focus is on gaining a deeper understanding of the relationship foundations of children's social emotional development and mental health, with priority given to understanding how to support your most challenging young people and their families
Also included, for settings new to I Matter is a taster for the power of the I Matter Q online assessment - our action-planning tool for working with adult-child relationship health
About the I Matter Challenge Crash Course for Senior Leaders
This course will provide leaders in education and health and community practice with a fast overview of the I Matter Framework. It will help you to consider how best to embed a relationship skills development programme while up-skilling your team with the latest thinking about children's wellbeing and development and the implications for education and health based community practice. It will explore how you can create a culture and environment that facilitate the wellbeing of both students and staff and parents
Understanding how the brain develops in the context of relationships presents incredible opportunities to support both young people and adults as they grow. The I Matter Framework weaves together insights about stress states, child development, brain development and the adult role. I Matter Training thus enables your staff team to see everyday situations differently so that opportunities can be used to faciliate the emergeence of better health and happier relationships in school but also in the home and wider community
The I Matter Framework Challenge for Senior Leaders course will equip you with the strategic knowledge and understanding needed to support students’ development and take a whole-setting approach to social and emotional wellbeing. The intensive training will introduce you to the I Matter Framework and support in understanding how to embed this thinking across your setting.
The course will demonstrate how the I Matter Q assessment can be used to engage adults at home and at school in the tasks needed to make a positive difference for children
This approach rebuilds the hope and confidence of professionals and parents by providing a language and concepts that we can all work together with that ties elements together. It just makes complete sense
Dr Amy Lee: GP Safeguarding Lead - Kendal Integrated Care Community
'Children's well-being is important to us. We knew what we wanted -but not how to get there. I Matter Training is helping our schools pull various disparate initiatives into an organised approach putting adult-child relationship health and children's development at the heart of our school development planning
Huw Davies and Pete Barfoot - Kendal Headteachers
The I Matter Framework for Senior Leaders course is ideal for Heads, Assistant Heads, Deputy Heads, Governors and senior or middle leaders with responsibility for pastoral support, safeguarding, special educational needs and the SEMH curriculum.
The course is highly recommended for settings new to I Matter Thinking as well as those looking for further guidance on embedding I Matter Thinking as a whole-setting whole community programme for wellbeing.
During the course you will explore:
- the symptoms of stress and wellbeing and the I Matter Framework
- essential ideas for making sense of challenging behaviour at school and at home
- how I Matter Training can be used as a foundation for developing the skills and insight of staff and of parents
- the identification of relationship challenges and developmental gaps
- the development of a rolling programme of training
The course is structured into 6 modules - you will work through keeping a focus child in mind
Module 1 – recognising stress and wellbeing in adults and young people
Module 2 – recognising the essential contributors to stress states
Module 3 – understanding the significance of attachment relationships and the role of the adult
Module 4 – understanding the brain based underpinnings of stress states
Module 5 - how children start thinking - the developmental foundations of social competence
Module 6 - the power of our beliefs and attitudes
Bonus modules: Identifying the right staff
Joining the I Matter Leaders Network for Hot-Seat Development Opportunities
By the end of the I Matter Challenge Crash Course:
You will have an overview of how the I Matter Framework can underpin an evidence based informed approach to the delivery of services that are more effective in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in health and education and community settings as well as in multiagency practice and how an insight into I Matter Framework is fundamental to effective policy and practice in young people's settings You will have gained a vision for how to develop your team members and have explored how to choose the right staff to take I Matter thinking forard
If you require any further information or would like to make a booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Set of I Matter Course Notes and Posters.
2. For schools new to I Matter, an opportunity to test out the I Matter Q assessment as a way of gaining insight into relationship health. (Please note that to move forward with your school or locality setting, a subscription with a 2 year commitment needs to be in place to take forward I Matter Training with your team)
OUTLINE TERMS OF OUR CONTRACT WITH ORGANISATIONS - FROM PHASE 1
SMALL VARIATIONS APPLY FOR EACH TYPE OF LICENCE
+ NUMBERS OF STAFF INCLUDED
+ SPECIFIC FOCUS
I Matter Training Ltd
FOR THE ATTENTION OF:
Headteacher or Director
I MATTER ORGANISATIONAL LICENCE AGREEMENT
I am writing to confirm that I Matter Training Ltd (“I Matter”) and Your school (“School”) have agreed to enter into a contract for the provision of supported online training and coaching. In this letter we have captured the agreements which form part of the contract between us.
1. The licence is by an agreed annual subscription for an agreed service level
- The licence is for the specified service level determined by the organisational stage of development and plan you select
- The continuity of this organisational licence agreement depends on the availability of staff suitability qualified for the required individual roles and appropriately qualified personnel. The licence assumes personal and organisational acceptance of our Terms and Conditions.
- The individual role licences cannot be transferred to other named seniors, named Lead, Link or Senior Link Professional until they meet our requirements, and would need prior agreement of a transfer in writing. On termination of the subscription the licence to use the resources or call yourself an I Matter school or service will end, unless by specific written additional agreement.
- Beyond the Phase 1 Getting Started Stage, the Phase 2 licence is based on the delivery of an Action Research Plan (“ARP”) that has been agreed by your named senior with your Lead, Link and Senior Link with us as appropriate. The focus is support for the delivery of the I Matter Challenge Award Schemes. Access to study supported online learning to other professionals and parents under the terms of this ARP should progress according to our mutually agreed processes set out in the ARP plan.
- Access to I Matter Training or Study support should not be offered to parents or professionals outside the scope of our mutually agreed plans. Progress on the project and key learning will be reviewed between us on a termly basis.
- I Matter Training can be offered to professionals and to parents only under our agreed processes. It is not a treatment or a therapy but is a psychoeducational and coaching intervention that may have therapeutic impact. However the training can touch on material that is sensitive. Therefore no one should be required to take part and thought should always be given as to whether adequate support is available. We have discussed that we cannot guarantee any specific results and any advise that any guidance we may offer should never be used as a substitute for full adherence to your inhouse policies and practices or other appropriate referrals.
- The delivery of I Matter Training involves the management of some sensitive information and all parties agree to abide by ordinary professional confidentiality and information sharing expectations as is expected in child and family practices. All parties warrant that DBS and Insurance Policies are fully compliant with the expectations of their own role. As a school with a Lead Professional you may be listed on our Community Directory.
- I Matter will retain the ownership of all intellectual property in the I Matter resources and materials at all times. Should new resources be developed in the course of our work together to further I Matter training the ownership will remain with us though we may agree to credit parts of the resources to you (if appropriate) and you agree that new resources developed in the course of our work together will form part of the overarching I Matter materials and may as a result be used as part of our developing resource base to help others.
- This is a development project and therefore we expect to encounter challenges and questions on the way and expect to work together collaboratively to resolve these to the satisfaction of all parties. We would like to build our capacity but wish to progress at a pace that is manageable for all parties.
- We agree that If you have any reason for concern or complaint you agree to contact us at the earliest possible date so that we can work together to address the issues. We agree to contact you at the earliest date if we have concerns. We agree that if the issues cannot be resolved through discussion that we will seek the mediation services of a mutually acceptable third party.
- This agreement will be kept under regular review and will commence on the date this agreement is finalised. The agreement (and licence created by the agreement) is for a minimum term of 1 year from the commencement date and subject to annual extension and then can be terminated by either party giving the other one full terms notice in writing.
If you are happy with the above, please could you confirm that you are happy to accept the proposed terms. We are really looking forward to working with you.
Dr Cathy Betoin
Clinical Psychologist, Teacher and Parent
STARTING OUT ON THE I MATTER CHALLENGE ORGANISATIONAL AWARD - STATE AN INTENT - PHASE 2
A STRUCTURED PROCESS IS INTENDED TO SUPPORT AN ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE PROCESS.
It seems that when it comes to a change process that requires substantial commitment it is useful to have a clearly structured set of guidelines to work with. The following is a letter that your small team can think about together before moving onto a Phase 2 development process.
THE FOLLOWING LETTER IS INSPIRED BY THE ATHENA SWAN CHARTER AWARDS - IT IS STILL IN THE STATUS OF DRAFT IDEAS
To be printed on your institutions headed paper
I MATTER FRAMEWORK AWARD
I Matter Training
Kendal LA9 5BH
Dear I MATTER FRAMEWORK AWARD MANAGER,
Commitment to the I MATTER FRAMEWORK principles
On behalf of [name of your cohort and organisation ] and with support from (senior lead) we wish to affirm our commitment to the May 2020 principles of the I MATTER FRAMEWORK and our wish to work for the I Matter Framework Award Scheme
Our cohort name is………………
Our cohort focus is………………
I confirm that [name of cohort-organisation] is committed to working towards the achievement of the I MATTER FRAMEWORK AWARD aims: ie the advancement of professional and parent education in all schools and services that support children and families, addressing the misconceptions and disadvantages that arise as a result of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma on children and families, through enabling access to timely education and support of those supporting children who are struggling or challenging.
I confirm [name of cohort - name of institution]’s acceptance of the principles of the I Matter Framework:
The I MATTER FRAMEWORK AWARD is based on ten key principles. By being part of the I Matter Framework Network, we commit to working for a progressive award; adopting these principles within our policies, practices, action plans and culture.
- We acknowledge that children cannot reach their full potential without ensuring support for their developmental needs through healthy relationships with adults in school, home and community. We affirm it is for adults to take the lead when improving outcomes for children.
- We commit to advancing the progression of developmental thinking in our education and health settings including support for adult-child relationship health in professional, personal and community settings. We commit to supporting ourselves and other adults in taking responsibility for our own role - and theirs
- We commit to addressing the gap in education for professionals and parents about children’s developmental needs. In this we recognise needs that have been overlooked and minimised:
- The impact of relationship health on children's health and wellbeing
- The impact of adverse childhood experiences on children’s long term health and well-being
- The impact of social inequalities and income differentials on increasing stress states
- The impact of poorly informed and poorly adapted professional and parent practices on children
- We commit to tackling the understanding of professionals and parents about the role of relationship health in children’s brain development. We commit to working towards support for the I Matter Personal-Professional Award Scheme
- We commit to removing the obstacles faced by professionals and parents in getting access to informed support when they are struggling to understand and build the skills needed to help a child who is struggling or challenging. We commit to building local learning opportunities.
- We commit to addressing the negative consequences of delivering education and health and community practices that are not sensitive to the children’s developmental needs and the impact of social emotional challenges or adverse childhood experiences on relationship health. We commit to a critical self reflective eye - notably around the priority given to relationship skills development
- We commit to tackling the discriminatory treatment of children and adults who have social emotional challenges or have experienced the most disruption and disadvantage. We commit to checking regularly that our everyday practices are not overlooking these issues
- We acknowledge that advancing better education of professionals and parents about their role in children’s development demands commitment and action from all levels of the organisation and in particular active leadership from those in senior roles but recognise the need to take small steps starting with our own individual actions. We commit to the small steps needed in our own zones of influence.
- We commit to working with others to develop and mainstream sustainable structural and cultural changes to advance support for children’s healthy development, recognising that initiatives and actions that support individuals alone will not sufficiently advance equality of opportunity for disadvantaged children and families. We commit to a locality approach.
- We affirm that individuals have identities shaped by several different factors. We commit to considering the intersection of life experiences and other factors and to using the I Matter Framework to support complex insights as well as a clear direction of travel
I pledge [name of cohort in institution]:
- to action within our team and organisation
- to monitoring of our progress towards a local and organisational culture which supports children’s development and relationship health with all being equally valued and supported in their learning journey
I understand that:
- Information on I Matter Award signatories, the institution’s I Matter Cohort-Organisational Award contact person and institution and holders of Bronze, Silver and Gold awards will be posted on the I Matter website.
[Name of cohort in institution] has nominated [give name designation and contact details] as its designated I MATTER FRAMEWORK Award Cohort contact. The cohort contact will coordinate internal questions on the charter and be the conduit for communication with the I MATTER FRAMEWORK Award Scheme.
I confirm that the institution understands and accepts the guidance on the I MATTER FRAMEWORK Charter. I understand that the guidance may change as the scheme evolves and that our charter contact will be informed of any such changes.
Cohort Lead of Named Cohort
Head/Director of Institution
INSPIRED BY THE ATHENA SWAN CHARTER AWARDS
Named Cohort Team Members:
INSPIRED BY THE ATHENA SWAN CHARTER AWARDS