Adopted children who have experienced loss, abuse or neglect need additional support for their emotional development, and are more likely to have special educational needs. This useful resource provides a complete plan for creating adoption-friendly environments in primary, secondary and specialist schools.
The book is grounded on new research which gathered together testimonies from over 400 school staff members, adoptive parents and adoption specialists. With realistic consideration of pressures and limitations currently faced by schools, it gives advice on eight key areas for school development, including communicating with parents, training staff, using resources wisely and recognising children's individual needs. Completing the toolkit is a broad selection of photocopiable and downloadable plans for establishing adoption-friendly frameworks, and for demonstrating good practice to staff, pupils, families and school inspectors.
Dr. Emma Gore Langton is an educational psychologist and Head of the Education Service at PAC-UK, the UK's largest independent adoption support organisation. Katherine Boy is a Research Assistant at PAC-UK.
Acknowledgements. Foreword - Claire Eastwood. Preface. 1. Why focus on adopted children? 2. Effecting change in your school. 3. Identifying needs. 4. Prioritising relationships. 5. Thinking about behaviour management. 6. Responding empathetically to behaviour. 7. Working in partnership with parents. 8. Sharing information. 9. Reflecting adoptive families. 10. Protecting adoptive families. 11. Support staff. 12. Using resources wisely. Afterword. Glossary. Figure list. Table list. Resource list. References. Further reading.