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.
Films and resources to help young people deal with anger, sadness and anxiety by Prof Andrea Danese.
These journals, are perfect for home schooling. There are 4 journals – one for each key stage.
Being Me: KS1/2 (Yr 1-6)
Understanding Me: KS2/3 (Yr 3-9)
Live Out Loud: KS3/4 (Yr 7-11)
It’s All in the Mind: KS 4/5 (Yr10-13)
It is important at this challenging time that we look after our children’s’ emotional well being too. I have used these journals many times with children in all types of schools , and across the ability range, ( including those with Special Needs/ Autism). They allow children, in engaging ways, to explore and deepen there understanding of complex emotions.
In support of the Coronavirus campaign the publisher, Butterfly Print , and its kind MD, Neil Walsh, are allowing single copy purchase by parents, and the delivery charge has been removed.
These are a perfect way of building a child’s emotional resilience in these turbulent times.
Professor of Mental Health in Education,
Oxford Brookes University