The situation surrounding COVID-19/Coronavirus continues to evolve and we’ll continue to ensure that we are doing our utmost to help protect the health and safety of our teachers, presenters and the wider Australian community.
We are therefore being proactive and following the recommendations regarding social distancing, isolation and other vital directions from the Australian government, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health professionals. We will continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure we’re following the latest advice from WHO, the Department of Health and other relevant regulatory bodies.
Information was last updated on: 12/02/2021
Newcastle and Brisbane Workshops postponed
As of Saturday 13 February, Victoria has been placed in a 5-day lockdown (finishing at 11:59pm on Wednesday 17 February).
Unfortunately, this means we will have to postpone the following scheduled Workshops as the presenters who were going to be delivering the training are based in Melbourne:
- Workshop One in:
- Newcastle on 16 February
- Brisbane on 23 February
- Workshop Two in:
- Brisbane on 25 February.
But we’re not giving up! We are going to try our hardest to reschedule these Workshops to later in Term 1.
We apologise to those participants who are booked in – we will be in contact with you ASAP. We hope you can make it to the later sessions (once they are rescheduled). If you don’t want to wait, we welcome you to join in on our Online Workshops. You can find more information here:
Please note that at this stage, we are not aware of any other Workshops that will be cancelled. If that changes, we will notify you directly if you are a participant.
Update for Term 1 2021
We are excited to say that we have scheduled several face-to-face Workshops around Australia in Term 1, and they are filling! We truly hope to see you there, and we will be working with the venues to ensure that all COVID-safe practises are followed.
If any COVID outbreak occurs that prevents our presenters from being able to travel to a particular Workshop location, we will do our best to give as much notice as possible to participants before cancelling the Workshop.
Our Online Workshops will continue to run throughout 2021, so are always a great option for anyone who cannot make it to one of our face-to-face locations, or prefer to break up their professional development into three convenient sessions.
Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions on 03 9521 8439.
Thank you for your time and patience while you wait for our Workshops to be back up and running. Unfortunately with restrictions still in place in certain parts of the country, we’re not sure exactly when our Workshops will be back up and running (see below).
But if you’re one of those teachers who can’t wait to learn a new way to teach and inspire great writing, then we have some good news for you!
Our brand-new live and interactive Seven Steps Workshop (Online)is the perfect way to learn the Seven Steps!
Just like our much-loved face-to-face Workshops, our live Online Workshops are fun, interactive and full of activities! And if you’ve been looking for a convenient way to learn from the comfort of your own home then this is for you! And the feedback is excellent:
“I have noticed my students engagement and enjoyment in writing skyrocket. They are thinking outside the box and the rich, descriptive work they are producing his simply mind-blowing. Thank you to the Seven Steps Team for your engaging, informative, creative and interactive PD.”
~ Michele, Teacher, VIC
Learn more here!
Term 3 Workshops/PDs and beyond
Based on the current restriction levels and expectations for when they’ll lift, unfortunately we will not be holding public face-to-face Workshops in Term 3.
However, we’re hoping to be back on the road in Term 4. We will continue to monitor recommendations from the government and keep you updated.
We can’t wait to see you, so know that we’re doing all we can to get back up and running.
Update on: 24/04/20
Term 2 Workshops/PDs
We have unfortunately had to postpone all Term 2 Workshops as the venues hosting them have temporarily closed. All teachers booked into these Workshops have been notified.
We apologise to the eager teachers and educators who were looking forward to attending – we were excited to see you too! As soon as things settle down, we will reschedule and will be back in touch to lock in the new date with you.
At this stage, we are very hopeful that we will be able to hold Workshops in Term 3. We will be guided by advice from the Government and WHO.
Do you have a School PD booked in for Term 2 or 3?
We will be in touch to confirm what’s going on as it gets closer, but if you need to cancel, you can feel assured that we will always offer to move your booking. Contact our Events Manager Jade Waters on 03 9521 8439 and she can help.
How can I teach writing and the Seven Steps remotely?
In this new teaching world, it can be tricky to work out exactly how to best teach your students online. We want to help!
It’s more important now than ever to keep writing tasks simple, explicit and fun. And, of course, that’s what the Seven Steps is all about!
If you’re a Seven Steps Online member, you have access to hundreds of fantastic teaching resources. But how do you use them when teaching online? Learn how to use Seven Steps Online for remote teaching.
[Not a member? Sign your school up today for a free trial!]
New to the Seven Steps? Learn how you can give it a try!
Need help? Seven Steps staff are still working…just from home!
While separated physically, the office staff at Seven Steps remain steadfast in working together to provide the best support and solutions we possibly can for our teachers. Call our office number during business hours for help with anything – 03 9521 8439. If you would rather send an email, this may help you get the fastest response:
- Have a question about a Workshop booking, your Tool Kit or manual order or Accounts? You can contact our Office Administrator, Lou (email@example.com)
- If you have a question about a School PD, you can contact Jade Waters, our Events Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have a question about Seven Steps Online, shoot Suz – our Membership Coordinator – an email on email@example.com.
Update on: 17/03/20
Term 1 Update for Workshops and School PDs
It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel all remaining Seven Steps Workshops for the rest of Term 1. The situation surrounding COVID-19/Coronavirus is evolving daily and we feel now is the time to act to ensure that we are doing our utmost to help protect the health and safety of our teachers, presenters and the wider Australian community.
While there have been no cases of COVID-19 from our training attendees or staff, it’s important that our communities remain as safe as possible. We are therefore being proactive and following the recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health professionals. We will continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure we’re following the latest advice from WHO, the Department of Health and other relevant regulatory bodies.
We apologise to those who have booked in, but want you to know that we will reschedule all cancelled events as soon as things have settled down.
We’re so excited to help you get started transforming student writing, but first and foremost, let’s look after our health and our community!
I’ve already booked a Workshop in Term 1
As of 17 March, we have cancelled all eight remaining Seven Steps Workshops. We apologise to the eager teachers and educators who were looking forward to attending – we were excited to see you too! As soon as things settle down, we will reschedule and will be back in touch to lock in the new date with you.
Lou, our Office Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org), has already emailed you with your options:
1) Hold onto your spot for when it’s rescheduled later this year
2) Ask for a refund – you want to rebook later in the year.
I’ve booked a School PD for Term 1, or I want to!
If you have already booked a School PD, our Events Manager Jade Waters (email@example.com) will have already contacted you to confirm your booking and/or to reschedule.
That means we are not taking any bookings for Term 1, but we will pencil in dates for future terms!
Please don’t hesitate to contact Jade on 03 9521 8439 if you would like to book in a PD for after Term 1 this year. She would love to help and can help you pick a date.