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Secure your place - launching April 2024
Fitness to Study community of practice group

Our booking form is now closed. Contact us to enquire about this programme or express an interest in us running this again in the future.

Having in place a clear, effective Fitness to Study policy has never been more important for a higher education institution (HEI). As complex and high-risk student cases and serious student incidents become more common across the sector, HEIs need to be able to respond confidently, with different levels of intervention - this is where Fitness to Study policies and processes come in.

Your participation in our new Fitness to Study community of practice group provides the opportunity to explore good practice in relation to Fitness to Study, working together with representatives of different HEIs over the course of six sessions. It provides a forum to share our experiences of implementing Fitness to Study policies and review current practice in our own institutions.

Learn more about the group and its programme:

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Group programme includes:

  • Initial online half-day training event

  • 7.5 hours of online facilitated discussion across five sessions

  • A one-to-one online session with us at Plinth House

  • Online space for members to ask questions, offer comments and share examples

Limited places available. Group membership and access to the whole programme:

£595 + VAT

Watch the introduction video

Read our introduction document

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  • Training for student-facing colleagues
    Our most popular training courses for colleagues working with students are: ■ Managing Distressed Students (½-day or 1-day) ■ Why Boundaries Matter for Personal Tutors ■ Mental Health Awareness in an HE Context ■ Handling Tricky Student Situations ■ Personal Safety & De-escalation ■ Managing Student Safeguarding Disclosures ■ Coaching Skills when Working 1 :1 with Students More specific courses focus on particular mental health issues in the context of higher education - such as emotionally unstable personality disorder (sometimes called borderline personality disorder) and self-harm, which can lead to complex cases, if not managed effectively. All our training focuses on practical skills to support students in boundaried and role-appropriate ways. Without clear boundaries, students feel uncontained and are less likely to access the specialist support they need, and colleagues can start to feel that their own wellbeing is affected. We also facilitate peer case discussions to give colleagues a space to reflect on tricky cases they have managed in the past and inform future practice.
  • Training for managers
    We support HE managers and management teams with training on: ■ Lead/Designated Safeguarding Officer Training (2-day) ■ Safeguarding Training for Executive/Governing Bodies ■ Effective Management of a Student Death: Policy & Practice ■ Managing Serious Student Incidents ■ Effective 'Fitness to Study' Policies & Processes ■ The Challenges of Managing Specialist Student Support Teams ■ Managing & Experiencing Change ■ Managing Distressed Staff: For Line-Managers & HR Managers We specialise in training on challenging topics, such as student death scenarios, and on areas of work, such as safeguarding, where HE responsibilities differ significantly from those of schools and FE providers and can have professional registration implications. Our work with HE managers at all levels can take the form of training events, workshops, Governing Body or SMT briefings, and management team away days. Training can be delivered as a standalone activity or combined with consultancy support, such as management coaching, a case/incident review, a policy review, or a service review.
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Group programme includes:

  • Initial online half-day training event

  • 7.5 hours of online facilitated discussion across five sessions

  • A one-to-one online session with us at Plinth House

  • Online space for members to ask questions, offer comments and share examples

Limited places available. Group membership and access to the whole programme:

£595 + VAT

If you have any questions about the community of practice or its programme:

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