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Provide 60 hours of workshops to build relationships & emotional connections to enhance learning in 20 West Mids schools #HeartsinSchools

by Dr Amber Elliott in Needwood, England, United Kingdom


'Teachers excluded me at 14, I didn't care. Police arrested me at 15, I didn't care. Judge sent me to Prison at 17, I didn't care. Our job as adults in community is to ensure our children do care, not punish them when they don't.' @Andibrierley 

What do we want to do?

We would like to raise £10,000 to deliver 60 hours of interactive workshops to 20 schools in the West Midlands. The workshops will empower teaching staff to manage children's challenging behaviours via greater emotional connection and understanding the causes of children's difficulties.

Why are we asking for your help?

We want to help ALL children learn effectively and be happier in school

It is widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning, as well as their physical and social health and their mental wellbeing in adulthood. Specifically to avoid exclusions and consequent social isolation. In most classrooms, in most schools, there are children that have not learnt effective relational skills that facilitate learning in the classroom. Where children have not had the kind of responsive parenting they need at a very early stage, they can miss learning emotional and behavioural self-regulation skills. Teachers are key in recognising, understanding and supporting behaviours and providing skills to boost relationships and learn skills.

In an average class of thirty 15-year-old pupils: three could have a mental health difficulty; ten are likely to have witnessed their parents separate; one could have experienced the death of a parent; seven are likely to have been bullied; six may be self-harming. 

Evidence shows us that the best place to start addressing mental health and well-being is with the key relationships between adults and children. These relationships help children develop their understanding of themselves and the world; it lies at the heart of human development. The good news is that you don’t need to be a specialist to have an enormous impact on children's ability to relate positively to the world. Each one of us with the right direction can make a difference to young people’s future mental health and well-being. All you need is an understanding of what is needed to support children in deepening relationships, emotional regulation skills to enable engagement and connection with education. This is what we are passionate about delivering to every school and young person. 

Workshop content

1. Attachment, emotional regulation and therapeutic relationships training and how it can impact on every child's ability to learn effectively.

2. Classroom strategies for effective behaviour management that will enhance learning potential.

3. Direct consultation work that focuses on enhancing an understanding of specific difficult behaviours.

How will the money be spent?

We aim to raise £10,000 and this will cover facilitator costs, administration, travel expenses, resources and materials and volunteer expenses.

AN EXTRAVAGANZA OF REWARDS! Those that contribute will all receive a personal tweet, thanking them for helping us reach our target. There are various rewards on offer for those that give a little more too!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A personal thank you on twitter from the team for your kind contribution

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A free TCPS Pen.... you're kidding!? Yes, you can be the very proud owner of a company pen that writes like no other if you pledge £20. We'll also send you a personal thank you card from the team.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Free information and resources on supporting children in schools

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Free 30 minutes telephone consultation with a psychologist for a school of your choice.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A free signed copy of Dr Amber Elliott's book 'Why Can't My Child Behave?'

£500 or more

£500 Reward

A full school training package for a school of your choice within the West Midlands area (subject to them actually wanting it...)

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