Episode 9: A Recovery Curriculum Part 9 – Amanda Mordey OBE (SMILE – A Well Being Approach)


 
Three years ago, Forest Oak school, of which Amanda is Executive Principal (alongside Merstone School,) developed SMILE, an ethos based approach to promoting positive mental health and well being for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The approach took the NHS 5 Ways to Well Being, and adapted them into child speak, augmenting the key messages with pictures, drawn by a student. The approach was holistic and included all staff members as well as pupils.

Building on the positive outcomes for Forest Oak school, Amanda commissioned a 2 year evidence based trial of SMILE across 10 Primary and Special Schools. Each participating school has found a significant shift in the culture of the school, and that SMILE has enabled them to put the well being of the whole school community at its heart.

We are delighted that Amanda has chosen to launch SMILE for wider use in Education, through the Recovery Curriculum website (see below), as a constructive contribution to the response schools are making to the pandemic.
“There has never been a more crucial time to support our schools and equip our teachers, to build emotional resilience in our children & young people.
The mental health of our children is eroding before our eyes…we need to bring back their SMILE. These are perfect resources for implementing a Recovery Curriculum .”

Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE, PhD.
Professor of Mental Health in Education, Oxford Brookes University. (January 2020)
The title and theme of Amanda’s presentation is:
SMILE: A Well Being Approach… A Route to Recovery

Full post, click here or available via the below link:

https://www.evidenceforlearning.net/learningshared/recoverycurriculum9-amanda-mordey/

Girls & Autism Book Review by Dr Wenn Lawson

The internationally renowned, Dr Wenn Lawson, praises the new Girls and Autism book.

 

“This book clearly and authentically highlights the differences and difficulties autistic girls live with. Therefore, there is no longer any excuse for them to suffer [cont..]
I highly recommend this book with its easy access style for reading and its honesty on all counts.”
Read the full review, click the thumbnail image below to download and view.

Girls & Autism Book Review - Word Doc Download link

Girls and Autism book is launched in London

On 2nd April, to a packed audience this groundbreaking new book was launched in London. The pages of the book came to life with workshops from each of the contributors, gathered together in the photograph below.

Sheila, the Baroness Hollins, welcomed the book, saying it held promise and opportunity for so many girls and their families.

Girls from Limpsfield Grange School spoke of their experiences of the education system.

The Hollyoaks actress, Talia Grant, and Drama and Art student Grace Dolan , both talked openly of their struggles with mental health, and the lack of acknowledgement of their female presentation of Autism. Both were accompanied to the stage by their Mothers, Carrie Grant ( Broadcaster and Vocal Coach), and Sophie Walker, (Co Founder of the Women’s Equality Party)

From London the book will travel over the coming months for Launch Events in Belfast, Oslo, Barcelona, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Auckland , New Zealand, New York and Dubai.

NAHT Conference 2019 Girls & Autism Book

You can purchase the book via Routledge, the publishers website.

Link Below:

https://www.routledge.com/Girls-and-Autism-Educational-Family-and-Personal-Perspectives-1st-Edition/Carpenter-Happe-Egerton-Hollins/p/book/9780815377269

ISEI 2019 Conference Sydney, Australia – Focus Autism

25 – 28 June 2019 | International Convention Centre Sydney, Australia

Full details available via the below link:

http://www.dcconferences.com.au/isei2019/Home

ISEI 2019 Conference Focus - Autism Advert

Forthcoming Book: Press Release for Girls and Autism

“Girls and Autism, Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives.”

Edited by Barry Carpenter, Francesca Happé and Jo Egerton

Click the artwork cover below to open and view book press release.

Girls and Autism, Educational Family and Personal Perspectives cover artwork
Girls and Autism, Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives

https://www.routledge.com/Girls-and-Autism-Educational-Family-and-Personal-Perspectives-1st-Edition/Carpenter-Happe-Egerton-Hollins/p/book/9780815377269

Girls and autism – Many Voices conference 2019

Don’t forget the Girls and Autism Conference, 2nd April, London.

This is why you should be there!

(Go to https://www.naht.org.uk/professional-development/conferences/girls-on-the-autism-spectrum-conference-2019/ to book your place)

 

Click image below to open and view article.
SEND Article | Girls & Autism Thumbnail

SEMH Conference – March 2019 UK

Forthcoming Conference in Wiltshire – 27th March 2019.

Reserve your place at:

www.themeadteachingschool.org.uk or email: teachingschool@themead.wilts.sch.uk

£145 CSL member schools
£190 non-CSL members
(Ask about group booking discounts)

Click the flyer below to open, and download in full.

SEMH Conference Flyer

Autism and Girls

The Article below appeared in the Guardian (15th September 2018), giving new evidence and insight into the female presentation of Autism.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/14/thousands-of-autistic-girls-and-women-going-undiagnosed-due-to-gender-bias

The article is based on an interview with Professor Francesca Happe, who is co – Editor of a forthcoming book on Autism and Girls, (details below)

Autism And Girls Book Flyer