The Lost ones – Meeting the emotional needs of boys

Final gratitude to Suffolk. To the younger boys, the lost ones, who never seem to find their way home.’  – Midwinter by Fiona Melrose

Writing as a boy who grew up in Suffolk and who never lost his home even though he moved some way away – these words are striking. I learned much about love, family, faith and belonging in Suffolk – lessons never forgotten.

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The curse or function of anxiety?

Should we try and get rid of anxiety? Freud noticed the protective function of anxiety as an indication of danger. He distinguished it from shock, the encounter with a violence or sexuality that we had not been prepared for.

Should we really be asking: What function does anxiety have?

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EHCP inflation – a currency devalued?

Local Authorities across the UK are rocking out of control with too many EHCP requests to be processed. EHCP is the over used currency for extra special provision in mainstream or special education and everyone knows it… including deeply concerned parents and carers. The currency is rapidly losing value.  Maintaining quality, hitting targets having sufficient personnel to process – the whole system is badly creaking.  Ask anyone in any Local Authority concerned with special educational needs. All of this is a terrible distraction from the real business of supporting inclusive education. 

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The Inclusive Headteacher

What does it really take for a headteacher to fully believe in inclusion?

I asked a very inclusive headteacher who is too modest to be named – but she runs one of the most inclusive Primaries in the UK – dubbed outstanding for inclusive practice from none other than Richard Reiser.

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How To Make Your Aging Parents Feel Comfortable With Carers

How To Make Your Aging Parents Feel Comfortable With Carers

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In time, your parents will need to face the reality that they can’t perform what their young bodies could usually do, and this could make them feel unstable and uneasy. With the help of a carer, it would certainly make things easier for you and for your parents to adjust. Sometimes, however, they might feel uncomfortable with the carer. Here’s how to make your aging parents feel comfortable with carers:

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How Life Coaching Can Help Young Teens Get Back On Track

How Life Coaching Can Help Young Teens Get Back On Track

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 The world that teenagers live in today is much more complicated than many years back. There seems to be so much pressure from everywhere around them to live seemingly perfect lives. If you don’t wear the latest fashionable clothing, you get bullied. If you don’t drive the nicest car, you can’t get the girls. If your social media posts don’t show that you wake up looking like a superstar, or that you are on a beach holiday, you don’t fit in.

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When in doubt ask the children!

How often do we feel stuck when trying to include a child or young person? This gets more pressing when their behaviour really presses everyone’s buttons! So often we will reach out to experts – advisors, therapists, psychologists and other service land people. They of course are full of great advice…

What we still in 2019 forget to do is – ask our best and ever-present resource – free at the point of delivery – ask the children!

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The Apostles of Abnormality

If there was one word I would get rid of forever – it would be that word ‘normal’ – Glasgow dad – parent of disabled child

Why do some people just love others not to be ‘normal’ – to be broken, bad, mad, wrong?

Profound malfunctions, subversive behaviour, the pathological can so easily be located in others who are different. Differences emerging from disability, culture, gender, sexuality, behaviour and reputation.

These apostles of abnormality, these ways of approaching others in thoughts and actions are close bed fellows with the forces of segregation and exclusion. Some of us are paid to be such apostles, others are just drawn to such ways through life experiences.

Who belongs with us? Surely not them? There must be a better more special or secure place for them to go and be incarcerated, treated, fixed or cured? Many people of all ages are ‘othered.’

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