Useful links and resources

Useful links and resources

Mental health support

SEN and therapeutic interventions

Speech and language help

Fostering, adoption and post order resources

Welcoming refugee children (trauma informed)

3minutes 50 seconds to 18 minutes 16 seconds:

Catherine Gladwell from Refugee education UK

Welcoming Refugee Children: Advice and Guidance for Schools (Webinar) - YouTube
NALDIC | Refugee and asylum seeker children | Welcome, admission, induction, and peer support

Welcoming refugee children to your school A National Education Union teaching resource

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Welcoming and supporting refugee children - information for schools.pdf ( (Download PDF)

Look for the Helpers – supporting our children in traumatic times Presented by Dr. Tina Rae - YouTube

trauma-informed-schools.pdf (

Healing classrooms -

Free reading resources for Ukrainian pupils

Advice and guidance for schools and families:

Helping Refugees Communicate | Widgit

Sharing information with parents:

Guidance-for-Parents-Ukrainian_UA.pdf ( (Download PDF)

Letters home

Dingle Granby Toxteth Education Action Zone, Liverpool (
Welcome: a guide for new refugees - GOV.UK (

EAL webinars for teachers:

Developing induction programmes for newly arrived pupils using EAL (Webinar) - YouTube
Supporting EAL Pupils in Nursery - YouTube
Closing the gap: supporting disadvantaged pupils with EAL (Webinar) - YouTube
Great ideas: Using substitution tables (Webinar) - YouTube
Community Languages and EAL Can Benefit Each Other (Webinar) - YouTube
Enhancing EAL provision in the humanities (International webinar, secondary) - YouTube
Adaptive teaching with a humanities lens (Primary webinar) - YouTube

39 minutes and 42 seconds in for strategies:
Post-16 education and training outcomes for young people who use EAL: launch of UCL research - YouTube

12 minutes 35 seconds in for strategies:
On the road to recovery – helping learners who use EAL to catch up (Webinar) - YouTube

EAL resources and curriculum for pupils

Babcock LDP - Beginner's English Survival Pack for UASC
PRIMARY New to English EAL Induction Pack (Big Bear Banter resources included) - Google Docs
MFL / EAL Resources - FlashAcademy
All Resources -
Free educational resources for Ukrainian children - Education without backpacks (

EAL Resources for teachers

Assessment and classroom strategies for all key stages:

You searched for an assessment framework - The Bell Foundation (

EAL classroom strategies

New arrivals:  

Free resources when you register:

Log In - The Bell Foundation (
FREE! - Welcome Asylum Seekers & Refugees into your school: Guidance (

Ukrainian words – with transliteration and audio support

Ukrainian words:

Activities for the whole school on the refugee experience (prior to their arrival):

Refugee crisis school resource - UNICEF UK

Education resources on refugee and asylum issues | Amnesty International UK


Books for carers to read with children

How the brain works for kids (Dan Hughes style explanations)
The Usborne Book of the Brain and How It Works (6-9 years)

Brian the Brain Head Space: How Your Brain Works! (Brian the Brain Series 1) (3-9 years)

Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain - Stretch it, Shape it! (4-8 years)

The Great Big Brain Book (5-8 years)

Feelings/managing big feelings (Brain stem exercises delivered in a child friendly way)
The Whole-Brain Child Workbook: Practical Exercises, Worksheets and Activities to nurture Developing minds.

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture your Child’s Developing Mind

A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with developmental trauma - creative techniques and activities.

CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents: Over 220 Worksheets and Exercises for Trauma, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression and Conduct disorders

Transitions for kids (Starting nursery or school and Y6/7)
I’m Starting Nursery - Campbell Big Steps

Oh the Places You’ll Go - Dr Suess

Peppa Pig - George’s First Day at Playgroup

Peter Rabbit Tales - Starting School

Usborne First Experiences - Going to School

Starting School - Ahlberg

Growing up Books for kids
What’s Happening to me? (Girls 9-11 years)

What’s Happening to me? (Boys 9-11 years)

The Boy’s Body Book (9-12 years)

The Girl’s Body Book (9-12 years)

Books about the Facts of Life and Sexual Harm for kids:
Usborne Lift the Flap first questions and answers – Where to babies come from? (3-5 years)

My Underpants Rule (3-8 years)

Resources Free to download at:

You’re a star - a child’s guide to self esteem (7-11 years)

Adoption for kids
Preparing Children for Permanence - Mary Roumaine

Adoption - (Questions And Feelings About) 4-7 years

We Belong Together 2-4 years

The Unofficial Guide to Adopting - The Small Stuff, The Big Stuff and the Stuff in between

The Invisible String (3-6 years)

Books specifically about different families, foster care and adoption for kids:
Dennis Duckling range of books (Paul Sambrooks) (includes foster care and special guardians) (4/5 years +)

Finding a Family for Tommy (Rebecca Daniel) (this book can be read in preparation for a move from foster care and during introductions to permanent carers or adopters) (5 years and up)

All of the below are sensitive to gay and lesbian families in their use of language:
It’s OK to be Different (Todd Parr) (2-5 years)

Josh and Jaz Have Three Mums (Hedi Argent and Amanda Wood) (5 years and up)

Dad David and Baba Chris and ME (Ed Merchant and Rachel Fuller) (5-10 years)

Chester and Daisy Move On - A story about two Bear Cubs who are adopted (Angela Lidster) (the majority of this book is about the build up to adoption but still useful for reflecting with children on past) (4 years and up)

BAAF Nutmeg Gets Adopted (Judith Foxon) (5/6 years and up)

Nutmeg Gets Cross (Judith Foxon) (good for post adoption issues)(5/6 years and up)

The Great Big Book of Families (3-6 years)

Welcome to the Family (3-6 years)

Books about feelings and life experiences for reading with young children:
Badgers Parting Gifts (Susan Varley) (about loss)

Goodbye Mog (Judith Kerr) (about loss)

Nothing (Michael Inkpen ) (focuses on self-esteem)

The Huge Bag of Worries (Virginia Ironside) (good for encouraging sharing of worry)

No Matter What (Debi Gliori) (about unconditional love)

Guess how much I love you (Sam McBratney)

Morris and the Bundle of Worries (Jill Seeney) (specifically about adoption)

Elfa and the Box of Memories (Michelle Bell and Rachel Fuller) (good for exploring different sorts of memories and includes an activity notepad at back)

Muddles Puddles and Sunshine (Winston Wish and Diana Crossley) (an activity book for helping children when someone has died)

Scaredy Squirrel (Melanie Watt)

The Bear Under the Stairs (Helen Cooper) (good for thinking about fear and attachments)

Can’t you Sleep Little Bear? (Maurice Waddell and Barbara Firth) (good for attachment and feeling close)

Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)

No David (David Shannon) (loved by children very funny and about naughty behaviour)

I Don’t Want to go to Bed (Tony Ross)

I Hate School (Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross) (a child realises that she does not hate it as much as she thinks she does)

Sad (Michael Rosen) (a book that acknowledges real feelings of sadness and loss for 7 years and up)

The Worry Tiger by Alexandra Page (Includes a set of fun and easy mindfulness exercises at the back of the book) Ages 3-6.
The Worry Tiger : Page, Alexandra, Murphy, Stef: Books

Books for helping children in differing emotional states including anxious children, all by Margo Sunderland:  
A Nifflenoo called Nevermind (a story for children who bottle up feelings)
Willy and the Wobbly House (a story for children who are anxious or obsessional)
A Pea called Mildred (a story to help children pursue hopes and dreams)
The Frog Who Longed for the Moon to Smile (to help children with grief)
The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back (helping children with loss)
Ruby and Rubbish Bin (helping children with low self-esteem)
How Hattie Hated Kindness (helping children with locked in rage or hate)
Teenie Weenie in a Too Big World (helping children with fear)
A Wibble Called Bipley and a Few Honks (for children who have hardened their hearts or become bullies

'Self-aware' reads:
Rachel Bright Collection including ‘The Lion inside’ and ‘The Way Home for Wolf’ (2 years+) : Rachel bright books for children

‘Big Bright Feelings’ series by Tom Percival (3 years+) : ‘Big Bright Feelings’ series by Tom Percival

‘What if, Pig’ By Linzie Hunter (4 years+)
What If, Pig?: A wonderful wobble of a story, all about worries - and the friends who get you through them!: Hunter, Linzie: 9780008409500: Books

‘My Beautiful Voice’ by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys (5 years+)
My Beautiful Voice : Coelho, Joseph, Colpoys, Ms. Allison: Books

‘Slow Down and Be Here Now’ by Laura Brand (8years+)
Slow Down and Be Here Now: More Nature Stories to Make You Stop, Look and Be Amazed by the Tiniest Things : Brand, Laura, Hartas, Freya: Books

‘You Can do it’ and You are a Champion’ by Marcus Rashford with Carl Anka (10years+)
You Are a Champion & You Can Do It - 2 Book Set: Marcus Rashford: 9782992517735: Books

Breathing is My Superpower: Mindfulness Book for Kids to Feel Calm and Peaceful (Baby to 12 years)
Breathing is My Superpower: Mindfulness Book for Kids to Feel Calm and Peaceful (My Superpower Books): Ortego, Alicia: 9798696592442: Books

Books for carers to read about their children

Adoption for carers:

Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families heal and grow (Gregory Keck and Regina Kupelly)

Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Todays Parents (Deborah D Gray)

The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to your Adoptive Family (Karyn Purvis and David Cross and Wendy Sunshine)

A Child’s Journey through Placement (Vera Fahlberg) 

Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss (Claudia Jewitt)

The Primal Wound - Understanding the Adopted Child (Nancy Verrier)

The Adoption Experience: Families who give Children a Second Chance (Ann Morris)

Books about Race, Culture and Adoption for carers:
Looking After our Own (Edited by Hope Messiah)

In Search of Belonging: Reflections of Transracially Adopted People. (Perlita Harris)

Books that offer advice and insight into behaviour for carers:
Bright Kids Who Can’t keep up - Help your child overcome slow processing speed and succeed in a fast paced world.

Parenting Children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder - A Modern Approach - Richard Bass

The Strange and Curious Guide to Trauma - Ages 8-12

Why Can't My Child Behave?: Empathic Parenting Strategies that Work for Adoptive and Foster Families (Amber Elliot)

Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control: A Love Based Approach to Helping Attachment Challenged Children with Severe Behaviours. (Heather Forbes and Bryan Post)

Managing Difficult Behaviour BAAF. A Handbook for Foster Carers of the under 12s (Clare Pallett, Kathy Blackeby, William Yule, Roger Weissman and Stephen Scott with Eileen Fusland )

How To Think About Caring for a Child with Difficult Behaviour. (Dr Joanna North)

Parenting a Child with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties(Parenting Matters) (Daniel Hughes)

Building the Bonds of Attachment (Daniel Hughes) Steps in Parenting the

Child who Hurts: Tiddlers and Toddlers (Caroline Archer)

Next Steps in parenting the Child who Hurts: Tykes and Teens (Caroline Archer)

When Love is not Enough - A guide to Parenting Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder (Nancy Thomas)

Real Parents Real Children (Holly Van Gulden and Lisa M Bartels-Rabb)

How to Talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk

The Difficult Child - Updated and Revised - Stanley Turecki

Guide to Therapeutic Parenting - A Visual Introduction

‘What To Do When’ range of books – covering topics such as anxiety, anger (Dawn Huebner)

Don’t Worry, be Happy A Child’s Guide to Dealing with Feeling Anxious (7-11years)

ADHD and ASD for carers
How not to murder your ADHD kid

The Superhero Brain - Explaining Autism to empower kids (Boys)

The Superhero Brain – Explaining Autism to empower kids (Girls)

Books about Education for carers:
 Attachment in the Classroom: The links between Children’s early experience, emotional well-being and performance in school (Heather Geddes)

Inside I’m Hurting - Practical strategies for supporting children with attachment difficulties in schools (Louise Michelle Bomber)

Useful websites:

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