School Effectiveness: Supporting Student Success Through Emotional Literacy


Marilyn Tew

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    Preface and Acknowledgements: The Story of This Book

    The seeds of this book were sown about ten years ago when I was studying for my Masters in Education. I began the research by enquiring into the impact of PSHE lessons on students' self-esteem and self-efficacy. As those early forays into research progressed, I became increasingly interested, not just in the way the curriculum can effect change in students, but in what kind of change the students perceived to be necessary. I began to enquire into how students perceived life at school and how the school system and the adults who work in it could provide experiences that would be more facilitative of learning from a student's perspective.

    The journey has been long and the way often rough and hard going. Therefore I have many people to thank for their enormous encouragement and for keeping me motivated when I might have given up. Firstly I must thank my amazing family who so steadfastly believe in me and the work that I am trying to do. Paul, David, Sheetala, Liz, Esther and Philip have variously read drafts, motivated me to keep going and been supportive when I plunged into despair. In addition to my family, Norma McKemey, Sandie Sargent, Tony Mann and Tim Bond have been faithful friends and sounding-boards, helping me to decipher a clearer path when the way became obscure.

    The software that accompanies the book was designed by Steve Martin who has given selflessly of his time and talent to make TalkiT happen as has my friend and colleague Tony Mann. I cannot thank them enough. Then there are the schools who have allowed me to trial the ideas, giving me access to their technicians and students. Thank you to Gill Price, Connor McDermott, Sue Gray, Pam Stoate, Andy Griffith, John Griffith, Phil Cooke and Dave Sheppard. Last, but not least, my thanks go to the students who have given their feedback on various incarnations of the questionnaire and helped me to write the student materials. In particular, thank you to the year eight students of Mayfield Middle School on the Isle of Wight.

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