I am sorry that Sue Macbeth found my remarks on how teachers should respond to bereaved children unhelpful (TES, October 27). They were not meant to be. The intention was to point out that when classes have a good pre-existing support structure, that is, Circle Time, in place, then crises and traumas in the children's lives can more openly and clearly dealt with.
Teachers who use this approach find their relationships with pupils closer and more open-hearted so it is easier to be helpful.
Circle Time experiences give children the opportunity to learn to understand their emotions and how to handle them in a healthy way. Being able to do this is a crucial factor in building self-esteem.
Adults who possess good self-esteem will never need to cross the road in order to avoid a bereaved person, but will be able to communicate their empathy and share the sorrow without any embarrassment.
International Council for Self-Esteem 5 Ferry Path Cambridge