By Heather Geddes PhD, 2006
In the light of the
recent Green Paper, "Every Child Matters", the need for all schools
and teachers to become more informed about links between mental health and learning
becomes a high priority.
in the Classroom is a clear, practical and accessible resource
for teachers, parents, SENCO's and governors. It is the first book to firmly
locate Attachment Theory in the day-to-day learning experiences of children
and their teachers.
Geddes, an educational
therapist drawing on a wealth of experience, explores the significance of the
relationship between the pupil, the teacher and the learning task, linking it
to emotional development, behaviour and attachment experiences. She identifies
a "learning profile" related to each attachment style, and explores
the conditions under which a school may be considered as a "secure base",
for the children learning and growing there, and for the staff, parents within
the context of the wider community.
Each chapter concludes
with workable suggestions for teachers, enabling them to move from reacting
to reflecting, and thus developing every pupil's resilience potential.
A practical resource
for teachers, parents, SENCO's and governors.