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15th June 2007 at 01:00
More help is at hand for handling sensitive problems in school, says Gerald Haigh

Badger Assembly Stories: Sensitive Issues By Jane West and Roger Hurn Badger Publishing pound;21 Primary

At one time it was normal for schools to deal with sensitive issues by ignoring them. The theory was that all a troubled child needed was the consistency and stability of the unchanging school day. For example, a bereaved child was often treated to a well meaning normality which in reality seemed cold and uncaring.

Now, schools try their best to accommodate children's feelings - listening, responding, answering questions and offering reassurance.

Initiatives such as SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) underline the need for this approach and provide materials to support it.

This set of assemblies from Badger does an excellent job in providing a bank of 30 child-centred stories, dealing with everything from funerals, parents' redundancy and grandparents' Alzheimer's to facial scarring.

The stories are lively, unpatronising, well researched and tailored to tight assembly time slots

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