BBC Teach has released new resources that deal with trauma-informed approaches for care-experienced children. In this episode of HEP Talks, Luke Kemper talks with Andrew Tomlinson, former Head of Content and Commissioning at Bitesize and BBC Teach, about what inspired the BBC Teach team to commission the resources and ways in which schools can use them.

Where did these resources come from?

Like all useful school resources, the new BBC Teach materials originated from listening to educators. Many teachers reported behaviour issues in classes, but reasons behind these issues proved difficult to pin down. Almost every teacher in England has had care-experienced children in their classrooms, but knowledge about the care system is not nearly as prevalent. BBC Teach wanted to address the lack of resources to help teachers deal with trauma-experienced children by commissioning “Teacher Support: Supporting care-experienced children”.

By talking to experts for the teacher training videos and showcasing real testimonies from care-experienced children, the BBC Teach team and Mosaic have created a powerful and useful set of tools for both in and out of classroom usage. The resources are comprised of “three teacher training videos explore what it means to educate and support care-experienced young people through a trauma-informed approach.” The real testimonies from care-experienced young people take the form of “three short animated films explore stories of care-experienced and adopted young people, told by the young people themselves.” You can find them on the front page of BBC Teach or by following the link here.

Teachers can use the training videos to learn about what it means to adopt a trauma-informed approach with care-experienced pupils. They can also gain insight into what some of their pupils may have been through, and how to carefully manage that if it manifests as an outbreak of disruptive behaviour.

Additionally, other pupils can learn about what their classmates may have experienced, giving them a view into a world that they otherwise may never have even considered.

How can the resources be used by schools?

Andrew talked about how BBC Teach’s approach to creating and commissioning these resources was more prescriptive than usual due to the fact that teachers explicitly asked for this support. He also mentioned how careful they had to be about broaching such a sensitive topic. Andrew said that the point of these resources is not to tell teachers what to do or how to teach, but rather that they “might want to think about approaching a child who is in care this way if they are behaving in this fashion, and these are the reasons behind it.” While acknowledging that teachers are busy, Andrew hopes these resources will ultimately be helpful for educators.

One of the most interesting parts of the conversation centres around the idea of a zero-tolerance approach, and Andrew spoke a little bit about his personal experience and how it turned him against the idea of having a zero-tolerance approach toward student behaviour, especially when it comes to care-experienced children. Listen to the full podcast to hear more.

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About the Author:

Luke Kemper

Luke Kemper is Insight and Intelligence Lead at HEP. He recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in Education, Globalisation and International Development. Before that, he worked for seven years as a university lecturer and high school teacher in China and Poland.

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