Coronavirus: Precautions, preparations and prevention - click here for the latest information

Commercial Updates

28 Nov 2019   |   Jonny Wathen & Dave Whitaker   |   Wellspring Academy Trust

Positive Regard Specialist Behaviour Support

The excellent work and reputation of the Positive Regard Behaviour team has continued to grow. Last academic year saw consultants keynote at conferences, facilitate workshops, and deliver practitioners accreditation programmes, alongside providing a range of specialist behaviour services that meet the needs of our community and the wider system.

The intensity of this busy schedule has continued into this academic year with bespoke training programmes delivered directly to schools and academies, as well as supporting a number of local authority commissions. The team are currently involved in a large scale project as part of the Blackpool Opportunity Areas initiative to provide specialist behaviour services to eight secondary schools in the seaside town.

From Essex to Blackpool – Positive Regard – Growing our national presence

For a person to grow, they need an environment that provides them with geniuses, acceptance and empathy. With this at the heart of their work, Positive Regard’s Behaviour Specialist Team are really expanding and developing their influence on a national scale. Supporting schools, providing programmes for local authorities and delivering conference key notes, their work is increasingly in demand. This really does mean we are ‘making a difference’ and have now worked in over 100 schools and 20 local authorities in the last 15 months. This certainly is an encouraging sign that the education world is embracing the ‘Wellspring Way’ of relational, trauma informed practice. Schools are increasingly looking at ways to reduce exclusions, understand children’s needs and work in a truly informed way. In a polarised educational world, where many schools are excluding more than ever, Wellspring continue to be market leaders in ‘on-rolling’ and inclusion.

Our team of behaviour professionals is growing stronger and the requests for work continue to come flooding in. If you are keen to be part of this team and see your career developing in this way then keep your eyes open for training opportunities, talk to your principal about your ambition and continue to learn from your colleagues. We have some highly skilled and expert colleagues working in our academies and collectively, regionally and nationally we really are making a difference.

This month Blackpool, who knows where next?


Advanced Mentor Training

A group of Trust colleagues including Heads of School, Assistant Principals and SENCOs began the 4 session CollectivED Advanced Mentor Development Programme facilitated by Professor Rachel Lofthouse (Professor of Teacher Education, Director of ColletivEd, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University).

The first session concentrated on a discussion about what is mentoring? It was a fabulous opportunity to share and develop insights. Future sessions will concentrate on The Difficult Conversation, Coaching skills – Building your toolkit, Developing Mentor Skills and Behaviours, culminating in a celebration event at Leeds Beckett University.

The programme aims to build on the core skills and foundations of mentoring, providing an opportunity for participants to develop their practice and apply their skills in the workplace. Not only will this make a real difference to their mentee’s experience, it will have far-reaching benefits for mentors who are seeking to grow and develop their own professional practice.

CollectivED is a network of teachers and other professionals, academics and students as local, national and international friends, partners and practitioners. Our shared interests include mentoring and coaching as well as other professional development activities, such as lesson study, supervision and supported action enquiry which draw on similar reflective and dialogic principles and educative professional relationships with learning conversations at their heart.


Positive Regard Initial Teacher Training Recruitment 

We are still recruiting for School Direct trainees to start the 2020/21 Programme, if you are interested, please contact:

Positive Regard are also attending the following Train to Teach Events:

  • Monday 25th November at Leeds Town Hall, 4.30pm – 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 27th November at Doncaster Mercure Hotel, 4.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 12th February at Lincoln Double Tree Hilton, 4.30pm – 7.30pm

If you wish to attend any of the above Train to Teach Events, register your attendance at:

Our next Digital Information Sessions will run on Tuesday 10th December.  More information to follow! We are also looking to organise School Direct Open Days in Springwell Grantham and Spalding.

Digital – Data Protection

Data Protection Leads representing Academies and support services attend half termly network meetings to share information and best practice. Below you will find a summary of key discussion items along with a few data safe hints and tips to ensure GDPR compliance.

Will GDPR remain if and when we BREXIT?

  • GDPR principles will remain as many are contained within the UK Data Protection Act 2018. The main change post BREXIT would be the need to review contract clauses where personal information is stored within the EU and transfer to the UK.

What is Ransomware?

  • A form of malicious software that enables cyber criminals to remotely lock down or encrypt the files on your device. Criminals use ransomware to extort money from you (a ransom), and will claim to restore access to your files or device once you have paid.
  • Recently, a local school had to close to pupils as it was unable to access its systems following a ransomware attack.


Did you know?

  • Over the last 12months, 58% of reported data security incidents were caused by human error.
  • The most frequent occurrence was an email being sent to the wrong recipient.


  • Simply sharing a link to a file or drive allows you to control who has access even after sending an email.
  • Establish secure data transfer protocols and document within your data sharing agreement especially when transferring personal data.


View all Latest News View all Vacancies