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The following training sessions for 2023-24 are now closed.   Further information regarding our 2024-25 offer will be published in due course.

Midday Supervisor Development 

Elementary Pupils Enjoying Healthy Lunch In Cafeteria Elementary Pupils Enjoying Healthy Lunch In Cafeteria Sitting Down Smiling At Camera school canteen stock pictures, royalty-free photos & imagesOver the course of this academic year, we are offering a series of 1-hour online training sessions delivered by NSM Training & Consultancy

These sessions are suitable for midday supervisors, welfare assistants, kitchen staff, playtime supervisors and teaching assistants.



Non-Members Standard Members
(3 for 2 offer available)
Full Members
£50 per person £40 per person Free



Please book places by using the links below:

Behaviour Management Survival Kit for Break Times (bookings closed)
Monday 16th October 2023 - 1 hour online, 9.00am to 10.00am
This course provides staff with a survival kit of effective behaviour management strategies to use during break times and in the dinner hall. This interactive session provides a bank of tried and tested positive approaches to deal with unwanted behaviour and promote positive choices.
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NEW: Creating Positive Wet Play Times! (bookings closed)
Wednesday 15th November 2023 - 1 hour online, 9.00am to 10.00am
This course provides staff with effective ways of creating positive wet playtimes and successfully managing low-level to challenging behaviour. This interactive session gives staff a bank of tried and tested ideas and strategies.
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Keep Calm & Carry On! (bookings closed)
Tuesday 12th December 2023 - 1 hour online, 9.00am to 10.00am

This course covers the importance of keeping calm in difficult situations and ways to effectively manage unwanted behaviour, noisy dining halls/classrooms and other demanding circumstances, e.g. changes in the weather. This course will equip staff with the most up-to-date practical strategies for managing stress, voice control and decision-making skills in order to improve staff and pupil wellbeing.
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NEW: Dealing with Autism During Unstructured Playtimes (bookings closed)
Tuesday 23rd January 2024 - 1 hour online, 9.00am to 10.00am

This essential NEW course has been designed for support staff or anyone working with students with Autism (such as lunchtime supervisors, facilities staff, volunteers, teachers and support staff), or anyone who would like to move into this field. During the course, delegates will develop their understanding and knowledge of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and sensory issues, identify possible triggers and behaviours as well as gain strategies to prevent behaviour outbursts. They will leave with reassuringly uncomplicated strategies to enable your students to enjoy the whole school experience.
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Restorative Approach for Breaktimes (bookings closed)
Thursday 22nd February 2024, 1 hour online, 9.00am to 10.00am
This course looks at restorative approaches during break times which have been in use in UK schools for more than 15 years. This training explores the principles of restorative approaches, with practical guidance and strategies showing what they are, how they work, how staff can implement them and what they can do to help manage conflict issues during break times more successfully. By implementing restorative approaches, schools become confident, happier and more productive places to learn and develop.
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Trish O'Malley
Professional Learning Coordinator
Minster Learning Alliance

Refresher Course: Managing Safety for Headteachers and Business/Office Managers 

Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) accredited health and safety management course for Head Teachers and Business Managers in schools. Delegates who have successfully completed the existing Head Teacher/Business Manager course are required to attend this course to maintain and refresh their accredited nationally recognised qualification in health and safety management.

The course extends the core competencies that will enable delegates to manage school safety issues with ease and confidence. Mainly workshop based using coaching/workbook focus on keeping things simple, the course will enable delegates to have a direct impact on Health and Safety provision in school.

Learning objectives:

  • Guidance on current health and safety legislation
  • Delegating Health and Safety roles and responsibilities
  • Principles of accident/incident investigation
  • Safety Culture and Behavioural Safety
  • Understanding the Management review process within a safety management system
  • HSE Interventions and Sentencing guidelines
  • Legal and other requirements H&S updates
  • What Head teachers need to do

On completion of the course there will be a small individual assessment which will be verified by IOSH.

Who is delivering the training?

Michael Bland, Health and Safety Advisor (CFS), Nottinghamshire County Council


Monday 22nd January 2024 9.15am-1.00pm


The Minster School, Nottingham Road, Southwell, NG25 0LG


Non-Members Standard Members Full Members Bookings
£165 per person £135 per person £100 per person Register for 2024-25




Trish O'Malley
Professional Learning Coordinator
Minster Learning Alliance

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certificate 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. The training leads to a certificate in Mental Health First Aid. 

This two-day Mental Health First Aiders course provides an in depth understanding of specific mental health issues and covers four main units:

  • What is mental health?
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Suicide and psychosis
  • Self-harm and eating disorders

It focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyberbullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting.

Completing the two-day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider. Each and every MHFA course is delivered by quality assured instructors.

How will attending an MHFA course help?

The course will increase awareness of young people’s mental health. The two-day course will allow you to develop practical skills to identify a range of mental health issues and support a young person to get the help they need.

Youth MHFA in education

We believe that the most effective way to safeguard young people and foster whole school wellbeing is to train a blend of staff in all schools.


Training is for two full days:  28th & 29th February 2024, 9.30am to 3.30pm


The Minster School, Nottingham Road, Southwell, Notts NG25 0LG


Hope Smith, Training and Development Officer - Pilgrim School


Hope has worked within education for around 20 years in a variety of roles supporting vulnerable young people. For almost 8 years, Hope has worked at the Pilgrim School where she delivers a range of internal and external training, on a variety of mental health and wellbeing themes, to schools within the East Midlands. Hope has delivered Mental Health First Aid training to hundreds of educational practitioners throughout Lincolnshire, and over the last year, has supported a project alongside Lincolnshire County Council, providing support to school staff throughout Lincolnshire to prepare for the return of staff and pupils who may have experienced grief or any form of loss, centered on the neuro-sequential model of therapeutics and a trauma-informed response. This support continued throughout the pandemic, through the delivery of seminars, training and meetings.


Non-Members Standard Members Full Members Bookings
£275 per person £225 per person £150 per person Register for 2024-25




Trish O'Malley
Professional Learning Coordinator
Minster Learning Alliance