The Danger of Assumptions

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I’m forever shocked at how easy it is for us all to make assumptions about other people. We all do it, even when we try really hard not to. You can’t help but bring all your own past, your own opinions and your own baggage to conversations and assume others feel the same. I’m on […]

Blame my brain!

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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There’s been so much written about how our brains develop and work over the last few years. Some of which I have found SO helpful in understanding my children and now adolescents. Today I thought I’d share some of these models with you, particularly the ones that are helpful for schools, organisations and parents/carers working […]

Watch your language

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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It’s so easy to just open our mouths and say the first thing that comes to our minds. Sometimes, we may have even considered what to say and how to say it before we let it out. Either way we may not be totally aware of how the other person receives what we say. We […]

Tell me how I feel

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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For most young children they are spoken to all the time. We might not be aware of it but even with tiny babies we are nattering away labelling feelings, emotions, things for them. “It’s so cold today, we must wrap you up nice and warm”, “you sound really hungry, let’s feed you then you’ll feel […]

*A taster of our new small guide to be released in a few weeks time – Creating an Attachment Focused Culture*

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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The culture of any environment is very important. It determines what’s acceptable and what isn’t. It sets the scene for how people might be treated and how their needs might be met. Real change happens at the culture level – those things that are difficult to put your finger on or explain to someone else. […]

Podcast Interview on Teaching Students with Attachment Difficulties

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Recently I was privileged to be asked to be a guest on a podcast for Trauma Informed Positive Behaviour Support in Australia. This was a new experience for me but one I hope will help others understand more about trauma in the classroom.

Can we ever truly belong?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I’ve just started reading Brene Brown’s new book on belonging called Braving the Wilderness. It’s already raised some questions for me that I’m pondering in the light of my own journey of belonging, but also my children’s. Knowing you belong in a family or group and feeling that you belong are two different things. Our […]

One size COULD fit all

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I’ve often thought, and said, that one size does not fit all – particular when talking about education. All children, and adults for that matter, are so different with varying styles of learning, abilities and backgrounds that having a system that pushes people down one path is narrow and inadequate. I still believe that’s true […]

The Power of Acceptance

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Leprosy is not something we hear about very often these days. It’s a disease that many of us believe to be extinct but apparently 210,000 new cases are diagnosed each year! This Sunday coming – 28th January is Leprosy awareness day. When I was researching this all I could think about was the fact that […]

Musical Therapy

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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The issue of our children’s mental health is one of growing concern within the country. With academic and social pressures at an all-time high, Harry White asks three experts what teachers should look out for, and how music can serve as therapy for some The issue of mental health among British youngsters is one of […]

Teaching Drama Article

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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For many vulnerable children and young people such as those adopted or in difficult home environments, school can be challenging. Having to meet the expectations of others, building relationships and trust, and being able to quiet down anxieties enough to learn can be near impossible. Young people who’ve experienced early trauma, and who show signs […]

SEN Magazine Article – Focussing on Attachment

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Nicola Marshall looks at what schools can do to support pupils with attachment issues The culture of any environment is really important. It determines what’s acceptable and what isn’t. It sets the tone for how people are treated and how their needs might be met. Real change happens when we address the ethos of an establishment […]

December arrives at Tyler’s School

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Tyler is a fictional character as are all the others mentioned in this short piece about the lead up the Christmas. Tyler – Christmas What’s all the big deal about? I don’t get it. It’s just like any other day for me. Mum having a hissy fit coz we’re not helping out, me little brother […]

Is it empathy or something else?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Empathy – the ability to sense and share the feelings of others – to feel what they might feel. I’ve been thinking a lot about empathy lately, for a number of personal reasons. It also is a subject that comes up time and time again in our Attachment training as it’s a common sign of […]

Fantasy or reality?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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It’s that time of the year again when our minds turn to some of those stranger traditions we have – Halloween to be specific but also some of the myths and legends around Christmas. If you’re an avid reader of my musings you will know that we have three adopted teenagers and I seem to […]

The big 3

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I was reading an article this week on the ‘dangers of sweating the small stuff in the classroom’ and it really resonated with me. There are so many times that my teenagers come home with detention slips and warnings about seemingly minor things. I know as education staff it may not seem minor, or those […]

How important is the space?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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At BraveHeart we usually talk about how important relationships are to our children and young people. Whether you’re a parent or carer, education staff or work with children in any other capacity I’m sure you agree that relationships play a huge part in enabling young people to feel safe, and to be able to learn. […]

Compliance is not always good

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I spent the day on Thursday last week comforting my 16 year old daughter after she opened her GCSES results. I know it’s not an uncommon occurrence to feel disappointed at the results you may have received when you feel you did your very best, but it is just another indicator of how difficult our […]