Six Things I learned through my sister

For anyone reading this who doesn’t know, I have an older sister with multiple disabilities. Growing up with her has had a profound impact on who I am, my view of the world and how I long for a society that is kind compassionate and inclusive – one where everyone has value and is treated […]

7 (school based) Steps to Reduce Exclusions

During this recent lockdown concerns about children missing education due to school closures, for those not identified as vulnerable or children of keyworkers, have been expressed from all quarters. But of course, there have always been children who miss out on education. For example, there are an estimated 1500 children not in school as they […]

Tiers, tears and why self-care is a priority.

For months now everyone has been keen to get to the end of 2020 which has presented so many challenges. However what we are now realising is that 2021, or the beginning of at least may not represent much change in terms of many of the challenges we all continue to face. Whilst there is […]

Let’s talk about STRESS

Rightly, in my opinion there has been much talk of well being in the context of schools re-opening. Obviously, education and academic achievement are important but as a parent a teacher and a human I would say well being must take an even higher priority. We also know that one of the things that is […]

Making Wellbeing Work

We have certainly heard a lot about the need to prioritise wellbeing over recent weeks – a sentiment I whole heartedly agree with, but we all know there is a danger of using the words without any significant change in actions. As a society we haven’t always had a very holistic view of wellbeing – […]

Reflections on Regulation

When I first worked with children and young people with social emotional and mental health needs, which back then we called emotional and behavioural difficulties, the word regulation wasn’t in regular use. There was a focus on behaviour, consistent boundaries and often complex systems of rewards and sanctions. Things have changed a little over the […]

Why is art therapeutic?

I am  delighted to post this guest blog from Chloe Billington, founder and director of Child in Time, a company offering a counselling service for children within schools. You can find out more about Child in time here  Given the  situation we have found ourselves in recently,  many people have been drawn to creativity, precisely […]

10 Tips to Maintain your Mental Wellbeing

I uploaded a video  about maintaining our mental well being for mental health awareness day in October a couple of years ago. The general advice doesn’t change much,and for many of us we k now what we need to do. Given the recent situation many of us have become more aware of what a top […]

Creating Calm, Comfort and Connection

In these times that have been at best unusual and at worst traumatic and overwhelming what we all need is some calm, comfort and connection. Children particularly so as they often lack the maturity, or social and emotional development to be able to regulate alone, and let’s be honest emotions can feel pretty scary. Home […]

Helping all children read

if children don’t learn to read the impact on their self- esteem and life chances can be very negative. science has shown the most effective method is a synthetic phonics programme like Sounds-write. please watch the video – watch right to the end it’s not from UK but issues are the same – and if […]