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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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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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The hunger drive

I’ve been thinking about food and being hungry for some weeks now, not just because I’ve been on a detox…but because it’s come up in lots of different places I’ve …

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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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The mixed emotions of adoption

This week is National Adoption Week and as ever it has brought with it very many mixed emotions. I’ve been reading other people’s stories and comments online and my own …

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Wishing our lives away

Nearly five weeks into the academic year and I’m exhausted! Kids are exhausted too and I’ve heard many teachers and parents counting down the weeks if not days to half …

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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 …