Here to listen

29th June 2001, 1:00am

Share

Here to listen

https://www.tes.com/magazine/archive/here-listen
Angela Riviere, head of humanities at Kidbrooke, went on the first training session in reflective listening and is now responsible for liaising with the School Counselling Trust. “We were fighting to get on the course,” she says, “particularly year heads and people with clear pastoral responsibilities. Kidbrooke can be a difficult school, and very often as a classroom teacher the one thing you hear is that ‘they didn’t listen to me’.

“Many of the students have never been listened to in their lives. They don’t know how to be listened to. But nine times out of 10, while you’re listening to them, students realise for themselves that what they have done is unacceptable. It’s much better than us saying ‘you’ve done this’. It’s been empowering for some students.”

Angela Riviere also believes that the machismo of teaching - refusing to admit to any difficulties with a class for fear of being considered inadequate - has been reduced. “People used to say ‘oh I don’t have a problem with that group’,” she says. “Now you can speak up, without feeling you’re being judged.” Teachers now say to each other, ‘will you listen to me?’ It’s not like a normal conversation. It’s dumping the day.”

You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month

Register for free to read more

You can read two more articles on Tes for free this month if you register using the button below.

Alternatively, you can subscribe for just £1 per month for the next three months and get:

  • Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content
  • Exclusive subscriber-only articles 
  • Email newsletters

Already registered? Log in

You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month

Subscribe to read more

You can subscribe for just £1 per month for the next three months and get:

  • Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content
  • Exclusive subscriber-only articles 
  • Email newsletters

This is 0 of 1

Now only £1 a month for 3 months

Subscribe for just £1 per month for the next 3 months to get unlimited access to all Tes magazine content. Or register to get 2 articles free per month.

Already registered? Log in

This is 0 of 1

Now only £1 a month for 3 months

Subscribe for just £1 per month for the next 3 months to get unlimited access to all Tes magazine content.