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Research in to teachers' experiences of children in Local Authority care

  I recently conducted a small survey to find out how school teachers felt about the issues that looked after and care-experienced children experience in school. I am working on developing some resources to help schools be better equipped to deal with the issues, so first I wanted to hear what the teachers themselves had to say. The summary of...
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Introducing The Monster...

I've written a book.  "Me, the boy, and 'The Monster" is a book about what it's like to parent a traumatised child. It's a raw, honest account, and it's borne out of my own experiences as an adoptive mum. Living with trauma is HARD. It's hard for the kids, and it's hard for the parents. I'd like to stand by your side, and tell you that yo...
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Singing lessons

I had a singing lesson today - or more accurately, I had an introductory session with a voice coach. Despite singing being my main source of work, I've never actually had formal lessons, and had always promised myself that I would find a teacher, and work on improving my own practice as well as teaching others! I've been suffering with laryngitis t...
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Confidence again

My first ever blog post was about confidence - and although I've only actually written about two other things since then, the confidence issue has already risen it's head again and is begging me to write about it! To be honest, that's not too surprising - I firmly believe that confidence is the single biggest barrier to happy, effective, and health...
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The Process of Composing

I find the actual process of creating and composing new music a very strange thing. Given the starting material I can easily create new arrangements out of an existing tune at any time of day or night, but actually having to come up with something new (that I don't hate) has historically been a much more frustrating experience. Traditionally, inspi...
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Fostering Flexibility

In my daughter's school at the moment they are having a 'Reading Challenge'. The rules of this challenge are: read to an adult, get the adult to sign your Reading Record, and when you have a signed record you are allowed to put a tick on the chart in the classroom. If you get a certain number of ticks in a week you get some extra playtime on Friday...
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Singing with Confidence

My new choir did their first performance yesterday - they did brilliantly, and I've been flooded with excited emails saying how much fun they had. One comment in particular jumped out at me, from a lady who said: "Having been told when I was at school that I couldn't join the choir because I was rubbish, it has taken me over 50 years to pluck up th...
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