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Sam Garner has worked with us at Plymstock School on a number of occasions and, as a result, I couldn’t think of a better way to start 2020 than to have Sam return to us and deliver a training session to our whole staff. Sam focused on how our brains work and develop, along with risk protection factors for mental health; in addition, she explained how we can support our students' well-being, along with our own! Sam is straight talking, motivational, empathetic and so much fun. Her irreverent humour put the whole staff at ease and created an atmosphere of great warmth and enjoyment on a cold, bleak January afternoon. Sam’s core purpose is to help both teachers and students alike; the copious positive feedback that I received from staff following her session illustrated her purpose was fully accomplished.
We left Sam’s session refreshed, moved and inspired. But, most importantly, we left armed with some key strategies to help develop our capacity to empathise with our students and to aid us in our own lives and ability to manage our own stress. What was great was that although everyone was learning so much, they were also having a relaxing, uplifting and reflective time.
Sam’s an amazing practitioner, the best anyone could ask for, and just what we all need in education. I will continue to recommend Sam’s training to everyone and can’t wait for her to visit us again!
D. Burgess - Assistant Headteacher Plymstock School
Sam’s presentation to the teaching staff was fascinating, well-informed and highly relevant to our programme of well-being support for pupils and staff alike. Her irreverent approach instantly engaged those present and the session was infused with outrageous humour. Sam presented three completely separate sessions within one day, covering more detailed emotional education for boarding staff as well as an overview of access arrangements for teaching staff. The staff reaction was possibly the most enthusiastic I have encountered in INSET.
B Gudgeon - Sherborne Girls
Samantha came into the College to deliver training sessions on Mental Health and Building Positive Relationships to staff. Samantha was clearly very knowledgeable about the subject and the sessions were extremely engaging and entertaining. Many staff said it was the best training they have ever had! I would highly recommend Samantha to other Colleges and I hope to persuade her to return here.
P Forchione - Buckinghamshire College Group
I had seen Sam in action previously at the Mental Health in Schools Conference and had recieved training from her on the SENCo Specialist Course. That‘s why when I began my post as SENCo and was set my first task to plan whole school CPD, I couldn‘t think of anyone better to deliver the mental health based training I had in mind. Sam didn‘t disappoint. As always she was engaging, interesting, upbeat, informative and abreast of all the current best practice recommendations. The staff still comment that it was the most interesting and enjoyable inset day training that we‘ve ever had.
C Ciano - Barnardos
Sam delivered a superb workshop on ADD/ADHD/OCD, stress and anxiety to our pastoral team of Housemasters and Housemistresses. The content was excellent and extremely relevant to the audience who enjoyed and benefitted from the morning. Her delivery is outstanding and created an open, interactive and purposeful atmosphere. Best of all, it was also a lot of fun and that is not easy to achieve with such important topics.
N Lunnon - Wellington College
Sam delivered a thoughtful and reflective workshop: 'Building Positive Relationships with our Students' as part of our whole staff CPDL pastoral day. I had already seen this presentation before but was as engaged the second time as the first. She has a great sense of humour which our staff group definitely appreciated. I had lots of positive comments from the entire group, saying they will be trying some of the techniques discussed. I have used the lunchtime tip that you shared with us and it really does make a difference to our students, so thank you. A great Workshop - would thoroughly reccomend
J Jones, RSA Academy
Just to let you know that the feedback I have received from the day was overwhelmingly positive. All of the attendees found the day helpful and thought it gave them strategies to use. Also, a number of the TA's who attend felt that they gained from the day and intend to use strategies from the day back in school.
K Staines, ASCEND, W Sussex