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Information for Schools:
Online Working From Home Workshop Outline
We will begin the workshop by working all together as
one group, building up a story together. The group
story document will be displayed on the screen by one
of our volunteers. After working as a group for the
first half, during which we may need your help to
manage hands up etc. we will invite the children to
begin individual writing, finishing the group story or
creating something totally new as they wish. For this
part, while we work from home, the children will be
divided into breakout rooms with two of our mentors.
We will allow approximately 30 minutes for this part
and then invite students to share what they have
created. Altogether we expect the workshop to
comfortably fill about one hour and forty five
minutes, with buffer time of fifteen minutes. If they
need a break of ten minutes or so in between the
group session and individual writing that will be fine.
When a group visits Fighting Words, they take full
ownership of the piece they create together and build
it up in a very natural, fluid way with the facilitators
In advance of the workshop it would be great if you
could have a list of expected attendees and, if they
normally work in pods in the classroom, a breakdown
of the pods they are divided into.
Guidelines for Participation in online workshops - for
everyone's comfort and safety
Please ensure that the participant is dressed
appropriately, i.e. not in pyjamas
Please ensure that the participant is in common
area, e.g. kitchen/living room and not a bedroom
Please ensure that there is a neutral background
behind the participant
An adult is available for the duration of the
workshop– ideally a parent/guardian
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR POLICY
It is the primary aim of Fighting Words that every person, including participants (both children and adults), volunteer writing tutors, staff,
teachers and parents, is respected and is treated fairly and well. This applies to all Fighting Words programmes at all locations, including
The Fighting Words Positive Behaviour Policy is therefore designed to support this aim.
At Fighting Words, we aim is to ensure that the individuality of each participant is accommodated while acknowledging the right of
each participant to take part in our programmes in a disruption-free environment based on mutual respect.
Every effort will be made by all members of staff to adopt a positive approach to the question of behaviour at our programmes. Our
policies offer a framework within which positive techniques of motivation and encouragement are used by the volunteers and staff.
Fighting Words recognises the variety of differences that exist between participants and the need to accommodate these differences.
It is agreed that a high standard of behaviour requires a strong sense of community and a high level of co-operation between volunteer
tutors, staff, participants (both adults and children), teachers and parents.
The rules are kept to a minimum and are positively stated in terms of what behaviour is most conducive to maintaining the creative and
respectful culture at Fighting Words.
All efforts will be made to match the programmes and activities to the abilities, aptitudes and interests of each participant. Fighting
Words requests that management are advised of the special needs requirements of any participant attending a Fighting Words
programme prior to arrival.
The overall responsibility for managing behaviour within Fighting Words rests with the Board of Directors. Staff members have
responsibility for the maintenance of discipline for particular sessions, while sharing a common responsibility for good order within the
Fighting Words premises.
The following strategies may be used to show disapproval of serious misbehaviour:
Reasoning with the participant
Exclusion from the Fighting Words location/online programme
Staff members will keep a written record of all instances of serious misbehaviour, which is defined but not limited to consistent
unhelpful disruption to the session, showing deliberate disrespect to others and/or repeated failure to adhere to agreed methods of
working that requires the intervention of a staff member and/or other in a position of responsibility.
The report should describe:
The programme running at the time
Who was involved
Where and when it happened
What was said, if significant
Any injury to person or property
How the situation was resolved
In the case of participants under the age of 18 years, before resorting to serious sanctions, e.g. suspension, the normal channels of
communication between the staff, school (if applicable) and parents will be used.
For courses where participants book directly with Fighting Words, rather than attending as part of a school class, parents will be involved at
an early stage, rather than as a last resort.
For those over the age of 18, staff members will speak privately with the individual concerned to stop the disruptive behaviour and ensure
the continuation of the atmosphere of creativity, encouragement and respect.
For gross misbehaviour, or repeated instances of serious misbehaviour, regardless of age, a participant will be excluded from Fighting Words.
For the purposes of this policy, gross misbehaviour is defined as, but not limited to, aggressive and threatening behaviour not only actual
physical violence against others but also threatened physical violence, verbal abuse of others, and the deliberate destruction of the Fighting
Words premises, including equipment and furniture.
A copy of this code will be available to all participants, volunteer writing tutors, parents and schools.
The code will be reviewed at agreed intervals to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of everyone involved with Fighting Words.