Support and Training
Support For Co-Workers
Especially in the beginning but also when you are more settled there will be occasions when you will need the active help of a fellow co-worker, within your house, class and workshop, and within the larger community. Everyone needs this. Through regular house meetings, you will have regular opportunity to share your reflections and concerns with others and to make your personal contribution to the development of our communal life. In addition, you will have the assurance of knowing that all other co-workers are there to provide continuing daily encouragement and guidance, not only in the practical details but also in the emotional ups and downs of living. In particular, the senior co-workers should be regarded as your first line of support, whether you have a major problem or minor worry - or if you simply wish to suggest a new idea for improving the daily routine.
You will have regular support talks with your house co-ordinator/senior co-worker to ensure any issues you have will be discussed and explained.
Camphill School Aberdeen is committed to providing you with opportunities for regular and ongoing training and support. There will also be regular meetings and training sessions in your house as well as occasional conferences and training events during the year that you will be expected to attend. In-service training days are held at the beginning and end of each school holiday.
During your initial year here you will be expected to complete the Induction Process and participate in the Foundation Year. These consist of a series of learning activities designed to enable you to become competent and gain insights for your role as a co-worker.
The Induction Process is essential for anyone involved in the care and education of the children and young people within the community. Induction takes approximately 16 weeks to complete and forms part of the foundation year. It starts when you arrive with a course that goes over important elements of the Co-worker Training Portfolio, e.g. health and safety, child protection, house and school life. You will also participate in Emergency First Aid and Moving and Handling training at this time. Attendance at a two-day training course on Behavioural Support Strategies (BSS) is another important element in your early training and learning.
At an early stage you will be introduced to your new colleagues and to the children and young people with whom you will live and work. A key part of your learning in these early days will be regular supervision talks during which your supervisor will encourage you to think about how you are developing and seek to support and challenge you to grow further. You will be expected to keep track of your progress and demonstrate your skills and understanding through everyday activities, conversation, and completing written worksheets and notes. Completing induction is essential preparation for moving on to the Foundation Course.
Foundation Course - Introduction to Social Pedagogy
All new co-workers take part in a Foundation Course, either at beginner or advanced level, which is designed to enable you to further develop your knowledge, skills and understanding about your role.
Attendance at a minimum of 15 two-hour weekly lectures/workshops, which will entitle you to receive a Participation Certificate.
If you choose to undertake further personal reflection in relation to the issues raised during the lectures/workshops, you will receive a Completion Certificate.
BA Social Pedagogy
In collaboration with Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, we offer a three-year BA in Social Pedagogy for which prior experience is required for admission. For those interested, and without the experience or qualifications, we run a one-year ‘Access’ course.