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Back to School: Building Community and Connection

Help support your students and their social-emotional needs as they begin the new school year. This event is aimed at teachers in the UK.

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Single Session

Our single professional learning sessions are designed to easily fit into your day. Typically one hour or less, these sessions explore timely and relevant topics including teaching strategies, current events, and more.

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This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.

Over the past few years students have not only had their learning severely disrupted by a global pandemic, they have seen protests against police brutality and systemic racism, conflict in Ukraine, ongoing tensions around immigration, rising Islamophobia, antisemitism and far right extremism, and intensifying economic hardship. 

As we start the school year, it is important to consider how to create a supportive and connected classroom for the year ahead, and ways in which to give students the opportunity to process and reflect on their feelings and experiences.

Join us for a one-hour conversation that connects you to other educators and provides activities and resources for creating an environment in which students’ social and emotional needs are supported. 

This event is aimed at teachers in the UK.

Details for joining the Zoom meeting will be shared by email prior to the event.

4.30pm–5.30pm BST


Michelle Perkins

Senior Programme Associate


Michelle Perkins, Senior Programme Associate

Michelle is responsible for our programme activity, training and supporting the teacher network, facilitating CPD workshops and seminars, and delivering educational projects with teachers and students. Michelle has a BA (History), MA (Jewish History and Culture) and PhD from the University of Southampton, where her thesis focused on gender, social welfare and identity during the occupation of France. Prior to her role at Facing History, Michelle has worked in the academic and corporate sectors, as Visiting Lecturer and Tutor at the Universities of Southampton and Westminster, Knowledge Manager at BP, and in research and editorial for companies such as IHS and Procurement Leaders.