The pain you can’t see

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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 experienced back pain on and off for the last 20 years. Sometimes it’s unbearable, most the time I’m conscious of it and occasionally I forget that I am prone to back pain. This last week it has been very painful and even though it’s not that obvious to look at me, when you see […]

The importance of sleep

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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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Some of you may be heading back to school after the half-term, others (like myself) are still enjoying the lazy get up times of holidays. Of course, with my teenagers it’s hard to get them out of bed now at the best of times, but this week especially has been difficult as they relish in […]

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.

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 […]

National Handwriting Day

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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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23rd January is National Handwriting Day and it’s made me consider a number of things around this area for children in our schools, especially for those who may not have had lots of opportunities to develop their fine motor skills in early years. With the higher reliance on devices to entertain our children how many […]

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 […]

What do you see in this generation?

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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 wonder if we were on a desert island with no other parents or adults around to judge – would we raise our children in the same way we are now? People can be so judgemental and I’d be rich if I had a pound for every time someone has given ‘advice’ on how to […]

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 […]

How do we learn what’s appropriate?

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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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Who says what is actually appropriate and how do we learn it? I’ve been mulling over this question for the last few weeks in my own life. As my teenagers struggle between finding their own identity and pleasing us, as I question some of the important values there are in my life and as I […]

When people can’t show remorse

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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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A controversial thought I was driving to work a few mornings ago and the news was on. They were talking about decisions to look at whether we have more stringent punishments for parents who mistreat their children in any way. If the parents blame other people or don’t show remorse for their behaviour then we […]

What’s your hierarchy of needs?

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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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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 young people in any capacity, it’s probably a theory you’ve come across time and time again. Basically Maslow believed there are layers of needs, such […]

Mental Health First Aid Review

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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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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 in our area who’d booked on the course. It was such an amazing few days I wanted to write a blog review and maybe give […]

How long is long enough?

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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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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 the many educators we work with. It seems that we’re always looking for an end date. Six sessions? Two months of support? A term of […]

The hunger drive

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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 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 been in. Understanding how our bodies work, in terms of our physical needs, can be confusing at times. I must admit as a parent of […]

Naomi’s story of her Mental Health

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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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We’ve been focusing on Mental Health for this month and I wanted to end this series with a story from a friend of mine called Naomi. Below you will see a video of Naomi telling her story and also a podcast of an interview she did recently in a Church meeting. Naomi is 31 years […]

Social Experiment

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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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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 and understand our current behaviour modification obsession in education and how it impacts children and young people, particularly those considered vulnerable in some way. I […]

Worry Worrits

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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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Worrying is not just an adult thing. Many children and young people are showing more signs of anxiety, statistics tell us. In a recent article in the Telegraph it was stated that the number of young patients treated in hospitals for anxiety has increased by 42% over the last year. In 2015/2016 alone there were […]