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Three little words

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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 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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Be brave in Education

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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 had a worrying and all too familiar email from an adoptive parent this week about her child’s experience at school. In this case a Secondary School but I know …

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Keep yourself to yourself

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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 only way to avoid criticism is to say nothing do nothing and be nothing’ – Aristotle. Wow what a quote and sometimes I do feel like that – you know those …

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Where in your life are you drifting?

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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 have a confession to make this week – one I’m slightly embarrassed about but I don’t mind admitting to my blog friends out there. I love country music. Yes …

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Peace in Schools and Goodwill to all children

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Well the song goes something like that eh? Peace on earth and goodwill to all men….as we are in the last week of the school year for 2014 I wanted …

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What’s so silly about the silly season

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The silly season is well and truly upon us. The decorations are out – in the shops if not in our homes, the music is on, the presents are being …

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What do children want?

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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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In our educational system and in our homes rewarding (or bribing) children to behave the way we want to is rife. We dangle prizes, stickers, certificates, house points, happy points, …

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The internal spreadsheet

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For some vulnerable children who’ve experienced a difficult start in life things being all fair and equal is so very important. In fact it’s like they have an internal spreadsheet …

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Secondary trauma in schools

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As a parent of three adopted children secondary trauma is something I think about often – the impact of living with children who’ve experienced early trauma. However I’m also beginning …

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We’re always being assessed

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Two of my children are now in Secondary School and the assessing begins – in fact it started way back in Primary School. Assessment of levels of achievement each year, …

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All for one and one for all – education equality

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Should all children be treated the same? It’s something we hear often that children need to be afforded the same privileges, time and energy spent on them. However does that …

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Who has the reigns?

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We all would like to believe we have full control of our lives. I’ve heard over the years, and whole heartedly believed, that we can change the course of our …

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High School hates

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Mine is a somber reflection on school life tonight – I came across this quote recently and it really resonated with my experiences with my two eldest at High School. …

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What’s so wrong with rewards at school? (Part 3)

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Which brings me to my final question – what do we hope to achieve by rewarding children? In the traditional sense with our reward charts and sliding scales of behaviour …

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What’s so wrong with rewards at school? (Part 2)

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Yesterday we looked at what we reward children for …… today our second question – why do we feel the need to reward children? We are told that what you focus …

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What’s so wrong with rewards at school? (Part 1)

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Something I’m asked time and again, whilst doing training for schools, is how can we use rewards effectively with children who’ve experienced trauma? Well there are a few fundamental questions …

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