A whole-school approach webinar May 2021

A whole-school approach: How to create safe, supportive and nurturing environments within your school community

This two-part webinar will contribute 3 hours of teacher elective PD identified within the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

This webinar is suitable for primary teachers, high school teachers, principals, year advisors and welfare & wellbeing teams.

Webinar one – 12 May 2021
Safe, inclusive and respectful classrooms – a whole school approach
Mary Jo McVeigh, founder and director of Care House and Cara Care, Sydney

All children and young people should be safe from bullying and violence and feel included and respected whilst attending school. Children and young people who feel unsafe in classrooms, playgrounds and any area within their school will not learn effectively, connect with others or reach their full potential.

During this presentation, you will explore:

  • the global trends of school-related violence and abuse
  • the effects of violence and abuse on children and young people
  • international evidence-based solutions in the research findings on safe schools
  • the importance of a whole-school approach to maximise the success of safe school strategies.

Webinar two – 19 May 2021
Nurture is not what we do, it’s who we are
Gerry Diamond, head of Nurture and Mindfulness at Clydebank High School, Scotland

This presentation will explore the successful implementation of nurture groups in both primary and high school environments.

This will include how children, young people, teaching staff, parents and carers have successfully embedded a whole-school approach to nurture and evidence of those positive changes in students and staff.

Clydebank High School creates a nurturing environment where young people feel safe, supported, able to succeed in school and gain life skills. Their nurturing program is described as a journey that offers continual support to students, teachers and all members of their school community.

This presentation will support you with the following:

  • how to adopt a whole-school approach to nurture
  • setting up a nurture base, how it should look
  • how to support young people involved in your nurturing program
  • focusing on positive relationships
  • when to include interventions
  • nurture training for staff
  • changing our language and how we communicate with children and young people
  • family support hub, including a range of interventions.

About nurture groups

Successful nurture groups have a consistent and significant effect in improving social, emotional, and behavioural outcomes. This includes improved attainment among school communities.
Nurture groups work in partnership with the whole school nurturing approach.

Nurture groups’ short-term focus is to address obstacles that affect learning from various difficulties in a supported and inclusive manner that still allows children and young people to remain part of their class.


Date: Wednesday 12 May and Wednesday 19 May 2021
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time).
Speakers: Learn more about Mary Jo McVeigh and Gerry Diamond below.

Location: Online webinar. Registered attendees will be emailed login details the week of the webinar. Please complete the booking form below with your contact details, including direct email address.
Ticket price: $80 per person (including GST)
Webinar invite: Download the webinar invite
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About the speakers

Gerry Diamond

Gerry Diamond is the head of Nurture and Mindfulness at Clydebank High School in Scotland. Gerry is a resilience trained facilitator using a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program that helps build resilience in students.

Working within the Pupil Support Department, he has helped pioneer Clydebank High Schools successful nurturing program.

Gerry is currently sharing his knowledge with both primary and high schools across Scotland that wish to implement the successful Nurturing Program adopted by Clydebank High School.

Mary Jo McVeigh

Mary Jo McVeigh is the founder and director of both Cara House and Cara Care in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Both Cara House and Cara Care support vulnerable children, young people and their families through trauma-specific counselling and human rights practices.

Mary Jo is recognised as an expert in child protection, trauma therapy and leadership coaching. She is one of Australia’s more admired trauma therapists with over 35 years of experience working with children and families who have experienced abuse, violence and trauma. She has a master’s degree in social work and is currently undertaking a research PhD in social work at Sydney University.

Mary Jo is a published author of novels, journals and training journals for large organisations around Australia. She has provided advice and expertise on advisory panels for NSW domestic violence reforms and the Royal Commission into Institutional Abuse.

In 2019, Mary Jo was a finalist for both the NSW Women of the Year Award and NSW Australian of the Year 2019. In 2019, she was named Social Worker of the Year and this year was awarded the Canada Bay Council Citizen of the Year and the recipient of AOM in the Australia Day Honours List for her work with children and young people.


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