As Teachers prepare for the next Academic year, the residual effects of the pandemic and its impact on child mental health, linger.
In thinking about Teacher knowledge this article by Laura Purser, (now at Reading University), gives a refreshing perspective, though her consideration of neurobiology. She explores the impact of trauma on childrens learning, and helpfully introduces Polyvagal theory.
The Transition Toolkit at nurtureuk.org by Dr Tina Rae, is a perfect resource for supporting the year 6 to year 7 transition process. At a time when this is likely to be more compressed than planned, the sound evidence base, theoretical underpinning, and brilliant activity cards in the Transition Toolkit are a must for schools.
The design and range of activities would also support many pupils when then come to transition back to schools, and will help teachers support children’s emotional well being, through meaningful and purposeful learning. It can be a dynamic tool, alongside the other Boxes in this series from Nurture UK, in the Recovery Curriculum.
This is an ideal resource at this time of crisis. Highly recommended.
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Today the newly published book – Girls and Autism: Education, Family and Personal Perspectives (Routledge) has been launched to the Press. Edited by Barry Carpenter, Francesca Happe and Jo Egerton, the book has already been well received by the professional press:-
“What stands out most from this new, highly informative and skilfully edited collection are the lived experiences of the contributors; presented as honest and open accounts by girls, young and adult women describing the way autism affects their relationships with the world around them… For any social worker with an interest in the life course development of girls to adolescents to young adults this book will provide a heartfelt and highly informative insight into the lives of vulnerable and often marginalised females.”
— Mark Goodman, British Journal of Social Work
“This book is essentially very positive despite the unflinching descriptions of the complexities of life and school and the barriers that exist for girls with autism. It maintains a focus on what is possible and what is achievable even with the current reality for the majority of poorly coordinated support and insufficient services. It is a highly recommended read both for parents and for professionals working in or with schools, colleges, career services, as well as the health and social care sectors.”
— Dr Rob Ashdown, Editor, PMLD Link
This has been echoed in this lived experience interview with Talia Grant , a young woman with Asperger’s syndrome , in “ The Independent “ today .
Beyond Words has an important role to play in the introduction of the proposed social and emotional mental health framework in schools next year. In order to prepare the way we are undertaking a research project in 21 Special Schools in the North, Midlands and South-East of England. We plan to assess how Beyond Words’ books and other visual materials can help children and teachers to address many of the issues raised in the recent Government Green Paper.
If you are a qualified teacher and you have recently left the profession or you are looking for a fresh challenge we would like to hear from you. Beyond Words is based in Central London but this role, which could be 2-3 days per week, would also involve travel to the partner schools.
If you are interested please forward your CV and letter of introduction to our Chief Executive Nick at: firstname.lastname@example.org