Delivered by Chris Iveson, who ran two highly successful training days in July to support schools in planning for a post-COVID return, this 2-day programme will provide a creative and practical introduction to the principles of a solution focused approach adapted to working with young people, parents and colleagues within a school setting.


Why should I attend? 

Whether you work with individuals, groups, classes or whole organisations, participants will leave with a clear and flexible framework, a set of useful questions, a fund of practical ideas and renewed energy and motivation.  It will fit well with the concept of the Recovery Curriculum as a tool to support the school community to re-focus on their goals as we transition back into full school opening. 


The Solution Focused approach, as its name implies:  

  • attends primarily to the development of solutions, rather than the exploration of problems.  

  • bocuses on possibilities for the future, rather than on histories of difficulties. 

  • builds on strengths rather than identifies deficits.  

  • looks at what people are already doing that fits with their preferred future.  

  • works collaboratively, drawing on the expertise people have about their own lives. 


BRIEF has worked extensively in schools and education services throughout the UK. They have also worked in the international school sector in Germany, South Korea, Spain, Serbia and Switzerland, following the attendance of very many International School staff on their programmes in London.  Chris Iveson also ran two very successful training days in B&D in July.  


What will the course cover? 

The course will contain a lively mixture of presentation, discussion, videos of actual sessions and practice-based exercises in groups.  


The exercises are intended to introduce the approach; give participants the chance to practice their skills; and offer the opportunity to reflect on current work.  


Each course is a unique event and the programme will be adapted to cover 

  • An overview of the approach  

  • Developing an appreciative eye  

  • Consider future possibilities – finding out what people want and what this look like  

  • Building on what is working 

  • Moving from stuckness to progress using scaling 

  • Building motivation in endings  


Additionally, attention will be paid to the questions course participants bring to the training and these may inform some of the exercises and discussions.  


Who should attend? 

This course is appropriate for all adults working in education.   

However, it may be particularly useful for Pastoral Leads, teachers with pastoral responsibilities, SENCOs, Teaching Assistants, Learning Mentors, Behaviour Support Workers and Family Support Workers. 


Summer Term Feedback from B&D delegates on Chris’s Training: 

  • The trainer was knowledgeable – average 4.6 out of 5 rating 

  • The training delivered its objectives – average 4.3 out of 5 rating 

  • The content will be useful for my future practice  average 4.3 out of 5 rating 

  • I would recommend the training to colleagues – average 4 out of 5 rating 



BDSIP Members – £150

Non BDSIP members /out of borough - £200

CPD Package No charge 

Schools outside of LBBD- £200


Booking confirmation including access information and important pre-course information will be sent to you upon booking. 

Please check your junk inbox if you do not receive your booking confirmation and ensure you mark the sender as safe to enable you to receive any further pre-course information or changes.  


Contact information 

For specific enquiries about this course, please contact Lee Boyce 

For general booking or CPD enquiries please contact  

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