Gill Rice, PSHE co-ordinator at Queen's Croft School in Lichfield, Staffordshire.
What was it?
Managing Bereavement in School, run by Creative Education, which specialises in teacher-training courses.
What did it do?
It looked at how schools should react if one of their pupils dies. And how schools can help children following the death of a parent or family member.
We had a number of children we felt had not properly come to terms with their feelings - and there can be a long waiting list for professional help. We want to be a caring school that actively supports its pupils.
Message, motto or mantra?
Grief is a natural response to death. It can even be healthy and healing.
Handouts or hands on?
Lots of discussion. We were quite a small group so there was time to deal with specific situations relating to each of our schools. One teacher had a terminally-ill child in her class and we looked at how she should handle that.
Something I liked There was advice on establishing a school policy on bereavement. If there is an accident on a school trip, for example, the situation will be enormously stressful. You need clear procedures in place.
Something I learned You cannot impose your own values. There is no right or wrong way to react to death and you have to allow for cultural differences.
Has it made a difference?
We have written a policy document and briefed all staff. We also set up a weekly counselling session for pupils who want to talk.
It is hard to believe a course about bereavement could be fun - but it was