Behaviour Management

Amani’s Story: Supporting Children of Divorcing Parents

When shocking events in a child’s life derail learning, staff can do so much to alleviate the suffering, advises Dr. Margot Sunderland in her fifth guidance for teachers.

Amani (age 16) sits in her geography lesson, doodling and staring out the window. She fidgets, and squirms in her seat. She just can’t seem to sit still. She bites her nails and fiddles with her hair clip. Miss Green has had enough. “Look Amani, how on earth are you going to pass your GCSEs. You just don’t concentrate on the work. Your mind is always some place else and just stop fidgeting!”

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