Proactive Pastoral Care – Book launch and my contribution around trauma responsive education

On Thursday April 15th, I was honoured to be part of the panel for the launch of Maria O’Neill’s fantastic new book, Proactive Pastoral Care, published by Bloomsbury and available on Amazon.

In my contribution, I built upon Maria’s excellent ideas and suggested how a school community can ensure that it is responsive to the needs of pupils and staff who have experienced trauma.

In what I say, I am indebted to those from whom I have learned above all the many children and families whom I have worked with over many years.

I think it is the best summary I have ever achieved in such a short amount of time of what I fundamentally know about how to make schools the places we need them to be.

I am very grateful to Maria for allowing me to re-share this extract of the recording of the event: https://youtu.be/khiVnzQGp5A

I strongly recommend that you read her book: Proactive Pastoral Care: Nurturing happy, healthy and successful learners https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1472980433/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_1KBSSQ6AA6T0YHXG8196

This is my Amazon Review of Maria’s Book:

This is quite simply a book that every teacher and educational leader needs to read. I have a shelf full of fantastic books on how to support the emotional well-being of children and yet not one combines research, evidence and practical reflective tasks in the way that
Maria has managed. The particular strength of Pro-active Pastoral Care is that it has a focus firstly on defining wellbeing and its place in the educational landscape and secondly on evaluating the impact of the work that schools do around the theme. For many years, we have struggled as a profession to know how to measure the wellbeing of the pupils we support; Maria offers tools that allow to do precisely that.

A real act of love that has the power to transform attitudes, schools and the lives of children.

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