Children who witness
Thoughts from Sarah Oliver, Headteacher of Rowledge CofE Primary

I believe that it is vital to try and understand children’s communication and behaviour, especially when it is hindering their learning because they are anxious, unsettled or worse.

Whilst many children have specific difficulties that make school a tricky place, for example ASD, there are others whose symptoms and reactions stem from their experiences-whether we are aware of these experiences or not. 

In my school we are developing our understanding of the impact of trauma and/or domestic abuse on our children - even if these things occurred at a very young age, when you might assume that they wouldn’t have been affected. They almost certainly will have been. 

This book is a 60 min read. It is excellent!! -
Children Who Witness, Leah Boulter

The good news is, there are many strategies that can be implemented to help heal these children and restore their balance. The earlier we recognise that we need to fill these gaps and nurture these children, the better. Being ‘ready to learn’ is key to successful learning.