Intervention Programme for Special Needs
Many of the students who are at risk of exclusion have suffered some kind of trauma. This means they tend to find it very difficult to relax as they are frequently in “fight or flight” mode. Yoga includes special techniques for relaxing the body and mind, but traditional approaches may be challenging for some students. This programme aims to provide options for relaxation and help students to choose a way that works for them.
I offer interactive CPD sessions for teachers and TAs in which you will learn to use some of the mindfulness, breathing and yoga techniques that are most useful for children at risk of exclusion including those which can be done with the whole class. Having experienced the activities yourselves, you will be able to help students to draw on these resources when they need them most, and to remind each other to use them to calm down.
I’ve worked in education since training as a teacher in 2002. A classroom primary teacher, I’ve worked in English language support as well as in a variety of learning support roles. For a number of years I have been working with National Teaching & Advisory Service, specialising in teaching primary children who are not accessing a mainstream education.
This project has arisen from working with excluded children as a tutor, and realising that one of the biggest barriers to their learning is their ability to self-regulate. I am passionate about reducing exclusion now that I have seen how it affects those who experience it. I believe yoga is one of the keys to unlocking children’s ability to self-calm and I am devoting this project to finding a way to deliver those keys to the children who need them most.
I’m a qualified QTS teacher, also trained to teach yoga to adults and additionally to children with special needs. I am insured for yoga teaching and have an enhanced DBS police check. You will need to ensure that your school has the necessary insurance cover.
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