by Louise Michelle Bombčr and Dan Hughes
The way we teach our pupils and the way we run our schools is under scrutiny right now. In the midst of all the change going on, we often end up losing sight of the educative tool that is the most important of all - ourselves!
Bombčr and Hughes' book gives educators permission to engage with pupils relationally. They provide alternative ways to the kinds of behaviourist models, fear-based approaches and increased levels of power, authority and control still exercised in many schools at present, but which disturb already troubled pupils and further prevent them from accessing school. Bomber and Hughes have seen pupil attainment increase through their work in supporting school staff by switching their initial focus to the troubled pupil's attachment system, before engaging the pupil's exploratory (learning) system. The authors also challenge the educational myths that somehow relationships are secondary to learning, rather than essential to enabling troubled children's brains to be freed to work at their full capacity. Every child still does matter.
This new cutting edge book from a dynamic partnership is essential reading for all those concerned in and with the education of our children.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
LOUISE BOMBER is the author of the UK’s best-selling books on working with challenging behaviour in children, Inside I’m Hurting and What about me? She is qualified as both a teacher and a therapist. She provides consultations and training for education, social services and health. Her extensive work promotes inclusion in its widest sense from making recommendations in schools through to facilitating arts projects.
DAN HUGHES Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience of working with profoundly traumatised children and adolescents, who have attachment difficulties and are living in adoptive or foster families. His treatment approach, known as Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, his highly acclaimed publications and the personal and down-to-earth nature of his presentations and training style have influenced a generation of professionals working with children and adolescents in the UK and the USA.