This course book is for all degree students who are support staff, particularly teaching assistants (TAs), working in educational settings. It focuses on professional, academic and vocational issues that are common to support workers across the school sectors, and provides essential guidance on the increasingly complex role of all those involved in teaching and supporting learning. The reader is supported throughout by learning objectives, practical and reflective tasks, relevant case studies and chapter summaries. This new edition has been extensively revised to reflect recent changes in legislation, policy and the curriculum. It includes new or significantly amended chapters; on the development of support staff; supporting pupils in crisis; learning in the early years; inclusion, SEN and phonics.

Supporting Pupils through Crisis

Supporting pupils through crisis
Gillian Goddard

Chapter Objectives

By the end of this chapter you will:

  • have greater awareness of the impact of life crises on pupils’ education and well-being;
  • understand the importance of resilience and how to develop that in pupils;
  • be able to offer support to pupils through challenging times;
  • be able to assess your own limitations in support and to decide when a pupil needs referral to outside or internal professional support or health services.

Links to HLTA Standards

  • Understand the key factors that affect children's and young people's learning and progress.
  • Know how to contribute to effective personalised provision by taking practical account of diversity.
  • Establish fair, respectful, trusting, supportive and constructive relationships with children and young people.
  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with children, young people, colleagues, parents ...
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