The event included a track for madrichim (teaching assistants), an inclusion track exploring special educational needs skills, LGBTQ students, and mental health awareness for teachers and students, as well as crafting, Torah, Hebrew, Jewish technology, and tefillah (prayer).
Alison Dollow, a teacher of 2 to 5 year olds at Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue said: “I have particular interest in special educational needs and safeguarding; the day was a fantastic opportunity to learn and exchange views on issues in a relaxed and informative way with some excellent sessions. I very much look forward to attending next year”.
Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers, Reform Judaism’s Community Educator said: “This was our biggest teacher training day yet and it was really phenomenal to see so many of our amazing teachers and madrichim giving up even more of their weekend to invest in themselves and thus our communities futures. This year there was an emphasis on mental health and inclusion, and each conference offers a huge diversity of sessions with fantastic professionals. We’d love to hear what teachers are looking for at next year’s training day! Save the date: 5 January 2020’