Teachers & Special Educational Needs Coordinators

Every Child Matters: Change for Children's five outcomes:

  Be healthy. Children should be: physically healthy, mentally and emotionally healthy, and sexually healthy. Children should have healthy lifestyles and choose not to take illegal drugs.

Stay safe. Children should stay safe from: maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation; accidental injury and death, bullying and discrimination; crime and anti-social behaviour in and out of school. Children should also have security, stability and be cared for.

  Enjoy and achieve. Children should: be ready for school; attend and enjoy school; achieve stretching national educational standards at primary school; achieve personal and social development and enjoy recreation; achieve stretching national educational standards at secondary school.

Make a positive contribution. Children should: engage in decision-making and support the community and environment; engage in law-abiding and positive behaviour in and out of school; develop positive relationships and choose not to bully and discriminate; develop self-confidence and successfully deal with significant life changes and challenges; develop enterprising behaviour.

  Achieve economic well-being. Children should: engage in further education, employment or training on leaving school; be ready for employment; live in decent homes and sustainable communities; have access to transport and material goods; live in households free from low income. Economic well-being can follow from a successful school career.

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning 
emphasises the following five skills as being essential in children:
self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.
 
My books written for helping children will help you satisfy both ECM and SEAL.

Books to help children and young adults in the following areas:

Anxiety - what it is, the symptoms, criteria for panic attacks, how to help anxious children in your class. Dos and don'ts for teachers of anxious children. Understanding how social phobia affects children in the school environment.

Assertiveness (young adults) - a complete course in assertiveness training for young people. Assertiveness is also considered in the social skills books for children and young adults.

Assertiveness (children) - aspects of assertiveness covered for children aged 7 to 16.

Bullying - what it is, traits of bullies, why bullies bully, traits of victims, the role of the bystander, separate strategies for parents, teachers and schools to help bullies, victims and bystanders deal with bullying. Tasks to raise empathy in bullies for victims, anger management for bullies, assertiveness for victims, motivating change in bullies, victims and bystanders. School policies, dos and dont's for teachers, the importance of all staff in school understanding the need to contribute to solving the problem. The need for specially trained staff to deal with major bullying issues so that all the children involved are dealt with appropriately in a way that will protect the victim and stop the bullying. The importance of outside resources such as ChildLine in Partnerships (CHIPS) - the organisation that trains pupils in anti-bullying strategies and in listening skills. This book is suitable for teachers in primary and secondary education, and for teachers of special educational needs.

School phobia/refusal - reasons for school refusal, anxiety, panic attacks, separation anxiety, agoraphobia, social phobia, bullying, how teachers and parents can help (many practical strategies). Dos and don'ts for teachers.

Social skills (children) - helping children with autism spectrum disorders and other special educational needs gain essential social skills and an understanding of the rules of different social settings and the roles different people play at different times. Detailed help with teaching children to interpret body language of others and to display appropriate body language. Help with expressing feelings and in managing anger and in developing friendships and understanding the rules of friendship. Safety in social situations in the real and virtual world. Assertiveness skills and listening and caring skills. Also help with raising children's self-esteem. Many exercises and role plays that can be adapted to suit individual needs are suggested.

Social skills (young adults) - a complete course in social skills for young people with mild learning difficulties. Friendships, social networks, loneliness, how personality affects conversations and the ability to make friends, assertiveness, body language and counselling are looked at. There are plenty of discussion questions and role plays.

Articles to help you help children on the following:

Alcohol - a lesson on the dangers of alcohol and what it does to the body.

Anger management - a lesson on anger.

Glandular fever and ME - a lesson on tiredness illnesses to raise awareness and empathy for children who are affected with debilitating fatigue.

Primary to secondary school transfer - a lesson on helping children make the transition from primary to secondary school.

Relaxation - teaching skills to children.

School phobia - dos and don'ts for teachers when children are suffering from extreme levels of anxiety.

Social integration and self-esteem - what teachers can do to help children become socially integrated and have high self-esteem.

Social safety - a lesson for teaching children to think about the safest options in the real world (rather than online).