Tag Archives: primary school

From snatching to sharing…..the benefits of emotionally focused group work

When I first met Jake he was in the outdoor area of his reception class trying to negotiate with the teaching assistant why he should stay on the bike he was riding round and not let another child have a … Continue reading

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“Mum was screaming cos he beat her to the floor”…a story of resilience

This is what a seven year old child told me several weeks ago during our first play therapy session. He witnessed domestic violence for the first few years of his life but his life is now more settled and stable, … Continue reading

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Calm Boxes – A simple and effective tool for helping children manage anxiety

Have you got children in your class who are still finding it hard to settle or need some extra help? This free hand out and accompanying video introduces the idea of calm boxes as a resource for helping children feel … Continue reading

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Children with attachment difficulties take longer to settle in a new class

Its week three of the new school year and from conversations i have been having this week with school staff, it seems that lots of children are still finding it hard to settle back to life in school. Children who have … Continue reading

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Guidelines on responding to bereavement for school staff

Class teachers and other adults who have a significant relationship with the children need to acknowledge the situation when the children arrive, but this needs to be done gradually during the day so they don’t feel overwhelmed. It can be … Continue reading

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The importance of listening to children

It is useful to consider how much time is allocated to listening to children’s thoughts, feelings and ideas during the school day and explore whether children feel safe enough to do this. It is beneficial to provide opportunities for children … Continue reading

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Helping with the stress of SATS tests

I was talking to a year 6 teacher this week who was saying that their are lots of falling outs between the children in her class at the moment and they are getting cross and arguing with each other more … Continue reading

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Fridays aren’t great for everyone….

Unless Ofsted are looming with a visit the following week, generally there is a very different feeling in schools (and other work places) on a Friday. Staff are happy at the prospect of the week end and a break from … Continue reading

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Helping children manage their feelings

I heard of a child this week who was prevented from going with his class on a school trip due to his behaviour in school on the morning of the trip. He is 9 years old and was so excited … Continue reading

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My needs do matter, helping children develop self- worth

As promised here is another extract from my book…. A child’s sense of self-worth is deeply affected by their confidence and self-esteem. For children who have a poor sense of self, the school day can be made up of regular … Continue reading

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