National Centre for Supervision in Education

Page last updated 17/09/2020

Recognising the role of supervision

The National Centre for Supervision in Education focusses on providing support/training for teachers and educators who’s role involves supporting children and young people with issues affecting their well-being/mental health such stress or anxiety. The Hub aims to improve children and young peoples educational experience by helping schools and educational providers embed an improved culture of support and resilience within their staff community.

The Hub offers a range of professional learning programmes to help senior leaders to establish and develop a culture of supervision for teaching and pastoral staff.  A network of professionally accredited associate supervisors will also be able to offer support to education professionals via face to face meetings, Skype or through peer groups.

The initiative is led by the Carnegie School of Education in development with Talking Heads and aims to address the increasing demands being placed on all staff members within educational settings. This comes at a time when other services that have traditionally supported schools are being reduced. Supervision holds the child/young person at the centre of the supervision working alliance but meets the support needs of the educator too, through a boundaried, confidential, regular supervision space for reflection, enquiry and challenge.

External Supervision Support Service

We offer an external supervision service delivered by our professionally trained associates who are all registered with industry bodies such as the Health Care Professions Council, UKCP, BPS and BACP.  All of our associate supervisors are in regular supervision themselves and are DBS checked. Our services include:

  • Consultancy process supervision to Headteachers, senior leadership teams and supervision leads in schools.
  • Supervision to teachers, pastoral staff, school counsellors and teaching assistants through one to one and group supervision.
  • We offer supervision that is trauma-informed and supports in-class teacher-child relationships – for example where a teacher is struggling with class dynamics which might be connected to the levels of distress among children in a class. We can also offer shorter-term interventions supporting a member of staff in a return to work process or where a complex situation has occurred which has been highly impactful but is no longer in crisis. Our services can also be delivered alongside and support with counselling.

Use our enquiry form to request an external supervision session. Our handy FAQs will help you learn more about supervision.

Professional Learning Programmes

We offer a suite of professional learning programmes for schools and educational providers which are designed to help senior leaders to develop and embed a culture of supervision within their organisation. Courses can be bespoke to meet the particular needs of an organisation or we offer scheduled sessions across the UK. We welcome working with Local Authorities, MATs, TSAs, individual schools and clusters.

Find out more about our Professional Learning Programmes.

Supervision in Education Award

Gaining the Supervision in Education Award will allow your school to be recognised as an educational provider who understands the impact of supporting children’s increasing mental health needs by creating a culture of supervision across your organisation. Developing an environment where staff are supported with maintaining their emotional well-being, enabling them to provide a supportive learning experience for the children and young people they educate. 

Schools undertaking the award will be expected to follow an evidence informed framework which will support with the development of a culture of supervision. The framework looks at how supervision might be implemented throughout the school from the needs of Teaching Assistants to Senior Leadership Teams.

Find out how to qualify for the Supervision in Education Award.

Development of a National Network of Supervisors

The National Hub for Supervision in Education values the opportunity of working together. Our aim is to collaborate with other organisations to develop new projects and initiatives, shape and inform policies, share ideas and knowledge and signpost outstanding provision. Our vision is to be stronger together. If you are offer supervision to educational providers you may wish to join our National Network of Supervisors - just get in touch using the contact details below.

Annual conference

Our first conference will be in collaboration with CollectivED: Coaching, Mentoring and Professional Learning Hub and will take place on the 9 November 2020 at the Queens Hotel, Leeds.