Reading “Inventing ourselves – the secret life of the teenage brain” by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore; week 1

Reading “Inventing ourselves – the secret life of the teenage brain” by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore; week 1

“When I tell people I study the adolescent brain, the immediate response is often a joke – something along the lines of : ‘What? Teenagers have brains?’ For some reason it’s acceptable to mock people in this stage of their lives. But when you think about it, this is strange: we wouldn’t ridicule other age groups in the same way. Imagine if we went around […]

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What’s needed for an orderly and planned return to school?

What’s needed for an orderly and planned return to school?

I wrote and published this two months ago. Since then a great deal has happened that we couldn’t have predicted then. But the issue of how to deal with children’s behaviour when and if they return, and more pressingly, how to meet their increased needs arising from their experiences, remains. So here it is again, unedited. It’s hard losing touch with the thread of regular […]

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What’s needed for an orderly and planned return to school?

What’s needed for an orderly and planned return to school?

I wrote and published this two months ago. Since then a great deal has happened that we couldn’t have predicted then. But the issue of how to deal with children’s behaviour when and if they return, and more pressingly, how to meet their increased needs arising from their experiences, remains. So here it is again, unedited. It’s hard losing touch with the thread of regular […]

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Kindness in schools – Mental Health Awareness Week

Kindness in schools – Mental Health Awareness Week

Structured kindness of Solutions Focused Coaching in Mental Health Awareness Week

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The 5% – working from strength and coping with change

The 5% – working from strength and coping with change

Children can cope with change when we focus on their strengths, not their failings.

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Let’s work together

Let’s work together

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders writing in the TES (April 3rd 20200 was looking ahead to the time when 10 million children and 1.3 million staff get back to school;  “When schools return it will not be ‘business as usual’ …. many of our pupils will be deeply anxious about the crisis in general and their own family […]

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Action against exclusion; finding the balance between discipline and care in schools

Action against exclusion; finding the balance between discipline and care in schools

Understanding the meaning of stress is the key to preventing exclusion

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Going round in circles

Going round in circles

  Recently the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime produced their report “Back to school? Breaking the Link between School Exclusions and Knife Crime”.  The cross-party group of MPs and peers investigated knife-crime, how it connects to children lives and to various aspects of Government driven policy and practice. The report urged the Government to reform school exclusions, warning that being expelled can be […]

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Children – the triumph of hope over experience

Children – the triumph of hope over experience

  What does a World Mental Health Day or a Child Mental Health Week mean for children who struggle in school, affected by the the push and pull of other people’s demands and the consequences of adverse experiences in their lives? Often they’re the ones who seem to ignore your helping hand, who shout and cry for attention, who hurt themselves or withdraw into their […]

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Spare the rod?

Spare the rod?

      Or spoil the child?  When is enough enough and when is it too much? When practices run counter to what we know from recent and current research evidence on educating children with individual needs, differences and diversity, we need to look closely at what’s going on. I wrote this heading and the article below earlier this year. This week I read in […]

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