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Compliance is not always good

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 …

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Three little words

“Nicola has not reached her full potential”, “Nicola could have tried harder”, “Nicola does not apply herself as she could” – anyone else recognise these remarks from your school reports? …

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Not another way to punish?

This week my secondary school where my boys still attend (our daughter left last week) have decided to bring in yet another behaviour modification system. Something they truly seem to …

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What’s your hierarchy of needs?

Abraham Maslow’s theory know as the Hierarchy of needs has been around since 1943, and published in his paper ‘A Theory of Human Motivation’. If you work with children and …

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Mental Health First Aid Review

Last week I attended our first Mental Health First Aid course. As it’s not a course I’ve participated in myself I decided to attend along with the other education staff …

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How long is long enough?

How long is long enough to provide the support that vulnerable children need in order to develop? It’s a constant question we ask about our own children, but also from …

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2017

Teresa May announced recently her commitment to invest in helping schools to recognise Mental Health issues in their students. A long overdue focus, in my opinion. Having seen for the …

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Social Experiment

This week in our office we’ve been doing a social experiment based on reward systems in schools. It has been a focus for me over the last years to try …

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Tis the season to be fizzy

Yes, it’s that time of year again when we look forward to the peace of Christmas!! Maybe not. Ok then – the joyfulness of Christmas? Err the eating and drinking …

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The sausage factory of education

I’m continually surprised at how narrow our educational system is. It seems, especially in Secondary education, that we have little room to change our approaches with children and young people. …

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What’s your story?

I was listening to a friend talking last week about vulnerable young people in our community. She was talking about how many there are presently, why they might be classed …

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First week blues

The first week of school is over for most of us. Whether relief or dread it’s gone now and we can reflect on how it might have been. For educators …

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Life Long Recovery

This weeks’ blog is a bit of a follow on from last week. I don’t usually do this, but I feel this topic is so important in helping us all …