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Child mental health diagnosis: the need to be trauma informed

Dr Margot Sunderland, Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health

Dr Margot Sunderland, Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health, writes about trauma and loss and how teachers and other agencies must be well-informed to ensure correct diagnoses…

 

Of course many diagnoses given to children are accurate. Moreover, for some conditions, such as autism spectrum disorder, there is indisputable neurological evidence. That being said, what follows is a concern with misdiagnosis, which, in so many cases is utterly preventable if we are trauma informed.

Teaching pupils emotional intelligence – behaviour management in schools

Lynn Hamblin of Supply Desk discusses behaviour

The behaviour of pupils in class has been proven to have a direct link to their educational outcomes. Here, Lyn Hamblin, former Leader of Student Personal Development and Wellbeing at St Albans Girls’ School and current Regional Director for Supply Desk Ltd, discusses the importance of helping children build their emotional intelligence skills as part of teachers’ approach to behaviour management…

Behaviour can affect learning 

Using student portfolios in your classroom

student portfolios

Simon Adams, Regional Director for Teach In – specialists in matching school staffing needs with the best available teachers and teaching assistants using creative recruitment solutions – gives his thoughts on using student portfolios as a method of assessment…

Use of portfolios of student work is becoming an increasingly popular assessment for learning tool.

In its simplest form, a portfolio is a collection of student work featuring key pieces that encapsulate the learning journey. There are many different types of student portfolios, but effective portfolios all have commonalities.

Features of effective student portfolios include:

They are tied to a learning goal

Why schools use supply agencies

Supply Desk

Clare Othman, Operations Director, Supply Desk, specialists in matching school staffing needs with the best available teachers and teaching assistants - permanent, long-term and supply - gives her reasoning on why many schools choose supply agencies, such as Supply Desk, to fill teaching vacancies.

Education recruitment agencies, including supply agencies, have become an integral part of most UK school recruitment strategies.

It’s Your Story - personalised books for young children

Itsyourstory

Planning a prizegiving, graduation or welcoming a new student? If so, mark these all-important milestones with beautifully illustrated personalised Alphabet books from Itsyourstory. Not only a fantastic teaching aid which brings numbers and the alphabet to life by making them the star – but also a perfect keepsake which includes a personal message from you to the child at the front.

Called ‘From A to Z” and ‘From 1 to 10’ are this ideal gifts for young children. Every letter is accompanied by a picture and a simple, fun sentence which emphasises the sound – for example, ‘Freddy’s Dinosaur is Daring and Dangerous’, ‘Oliver Octopus has Orange Socks’. The child features in the illustrations and text on every page making it a fun, engaging and relevant read.

How can a supply teaching agency help a Newly Qualified Teacher?

NQT advice

Caroline Cafferty, Operations Director, justteachers, specialists in matching school staffing needs with the best available teachers, teaching assistants and SEN staff - day-to-day supply, long-term and permanent - gives her advice to Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) who are unsure how to progress their teaching career.

Being a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) can be daunting especially in the first term as you establish yourself with your colleagues and your class.

Education leaders say new printing technologies vital for educational success

A boy using a virtual reality headset in class after the study commissioned by Ricoh Europe

According to a new study commissioned by Ricoh Europe, 88% say that new skills learnt through the use of technologies such as digital fabrication and 3D printing are vital to educational success and preparing students for the graduate job market.

David Mills, CEO of Ricoh Europe, says:

“Digital fabrication and 3D printing provide the ability to illustrate complex concepts across a variety of subjects. As the way people and machines work together continues to evolve, integrating technical abilities into the learning process helps ensure the skills required of the future workforce become second nature for today’s students.”

Successful transition to work programme to more than double in size

A successful transition to work thanks to Project SEARCH

A successful transition-to-work programme, Project SEARCH,  for young people with special educational needs plans to double in size over the next three years, it was announced today (Thursday 21 June).

The programme, called Project SEARCH, originated in the United States and is now established in the UK through partnerships with local authorities, NHS trusts, and businesses including GlaxoSmithKline and Marriott Hotels.

A new charity called DFN Project SEARCH is being established by businessman and philanthropist David Forbes-Nixon to facilitate the expansion of Project SEARCH in the UK and parts of Europe with the aim of increasing the number of students taking part from 500 to more than 1,000 by 2021.