There are three distinct aspects that underpin the authority’s Readiness for Learning (R4L) programme in schools:
It aims to train all school staff – including janitors and office and catering staff – in the Child Trauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model in Education (NME).
It combines bespoke interventions for individuals with a universal approach, in an attempt to help pupils who have experienced extreme trauma but also those experiencing more transient stress, for example while preparing for exams.
Pupils are helped to understand how their brain works and are given tools to regulate their behaviour. They are told how to spot warning signs, rather than school staff simply reacting to misbehaviour.
Educational psychologist Lesley Taylor will present R4L at the Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) on 19 September, in a session on “trauma-informed approaches to addressing the equity gap”.
Keynote speakers at SLF, which takes place in Glasgow on 19 and 20 September, include: John Swinney, deputy first minister and education secretary; Dr Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education at Stanford University; Louise Macdonald, chief executive of youth information charity Young Scot; and Dr Jamie Gallagher, an award-winning scientist and science communicator.
For more details on the event, visit www.slfexhibition.com