Recovery Programme 2021

Summer term 2021

As we are more time limited with the #EWrecovery Summer Term 2021 roll-out compared to when we first rolled it out in August 2020, we have pulled together this ‘Quick Start’ user guide for teachers to read through and follow to help get started sharing Emotion Works with pupils as soon as possible.

We do recommend coming back to engage in the detail of the training as you progress through the programme, but we’re confident the Quick Start guide will help …

  • Navigate you to the different training and teaching sections in the right order
  • Identify key training points and link you to important documents
  • Highlight the teaching content and resources available at the right level for the pupils you work with

Estimated training time…

To fully engage in the Training provided on this website takes around 8-10 hours CPD time. However, we feel there is a benefit to getting started with teaching the programme to pupils and to complete the training and learn as you go.

To get to the point of making a start on Emotion Works teaching we recommend covering the following aspects of the Quick Start guide:

  • 3R’s Trauma Principles & Practices
  • Pupil Baseline Assessments
  • An Introduction to the Component Model Curriculum, and Progression Modules

The remaining training modules and teaching pages for each individual cog can be engaged in as you progress through each week of the programme. 

Recovery Training video showing website navigation

Click on the play button below to watch a recording of our live tour of the Recovery Programme website demonstrating how to navigate between the Training and Teaching pages.

Quick Start user guide

The Quick Start user guide shown in the video has been expanded and updated since the recording and can be downloaded as a PDF document here. Please remember to login to your membership account for the hotlinks to work.

Key Points



Positive relationships with significant adults buffer the negative impacts of traumatic events and life challenges.

How will you ensure that your pupils have opportunities and experiences to develop positive relationships with their teacher and the other adults in your school?

Make use of the Connect ‘Getting to Know You’ materials below.


A stressed brain is not a learning brain – (and it’s not a teaching brain either).

Consider a range of activities that you could schedule across the course of the day to keep pupils regulated.

  • Look up ‘brain breaks’
  • Look at the Blue Cog word bank
  • Discuss whole school, class and individualised activities


The brain engages with new concepts more readily when the incoming information is relevant and meaningful to the things it already knows. 

Relevance makes learning more pleasurable and less stressful.

Identify a range of personal interests, likes and learning themes that will be relevant and motivating for your pupils.

The Wider Framework

Training Resources

Click on the images to print or download


The complete set of Emotion Works training documents in a full colour booklet


The Wider Emotion Works Framework (Black & White)


The Scottish Policy Context and Wider Framework (Black & White) – for the ‘Are we all on the same page?’ activity

Word Bank

The Regulation Strategies word bank provides a useful collection of ideas for planning regulatory activities during the day, and for particular pupils when required.


Print off on A4 or A3 for your staffroom to keep the 3r’s in mind over the course of the Recovery period


A tool for summarising your Action Points for ensuring a trauma responsive approach across your school during the recovery period

Slideshow Handouts

Download and print out this 10 page document with 3 slides per page and space for making notes as you work through the 3 R’s slideshow

Supporting material


Here we share links to articles, videos, and policy guidance relating to this training module including the science behind prioritising Relationships, Regulation and Relevance for the ‘settling in’ weeks of the Recovery Programme.

THE WEEKLY TEACHING PROGRAMME - Getting to Know You / Settling in Period - overview and link



Spend as much time as it takes before you start the cog teaching programme with a focus on building positive relationships with new pupils and reconnecting with those you already know. A good relationship is an important foundation for successful learning & teaching, and for emotional learning it’s particularly important.

The Connect Relationship Building Toolkit provided in this section can help with this process. Based around a ‘Getting to Know You’ profile, it also provides a selection of resources and activities around the topics of

  • Likes & Dislikes
  • People & Relationships

As covered in the 3 R’s Training, the mutual sharing of this kind of information helps with the bonding process and supports the building of positive Relationships between teachers and pupils. A relational foundation provides a sense of safety and low arousal for pupils which helps with engagement in learning activities. Engagement can be further enhanced by the fact that the information gathered can give clues about our other highlighted R’s for the Recovery programme – Regulation and Relevance.

Knowing things that keep pupils regulated means you can incorporate regulatory activities into your daily planning as part of a pro-active approach to regulation, and when required you can draw on this information for pupils who are more easily triggered and require more support with managing stress and arousal.

Also, knowing lots about pupil interests means that you can plan learning that is relevant and meaningful to them over the course of the recovery period as a further factor that can contribute to engagement in learning and settling back in to school.

This new alternative to the Connect profile has been developed specifically for the Recovery Programme to support getting to know you activities during the settling in period.
The worksheets and ideas provided in the Connect Relationship Building Toolkit can be used to support your Lockdown Memories activities.

With the rest of the Weekly Programme teaching in mind, some additional topics to discuss during the settling in period could be

  • Birthdays & Holidays – including birthdays & holidays with a difference during lockdown

The settling in period provides you with an opportunity to check in with your learners regarding starting points for emotional literacy before engaging in the Emotion Works teaching programme. In the Weekly Teaching Programme: Settling in Period – practice ideas and examples section you will find 2 options for baseline assessments which you can select based on the depth of learning you’re interested in tracking.


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