Building trauma informed approaches into your secondary curriculum

In this class David is joined by Dr Debra Kidd and Hywel Roberts, two of the UK’s leading educational thinkers on making learning matter – engaging students by bringing compassion, creativity and imagination to the curriculum. In this video discussion, they explore what trauma informed approaches can mean for the curriculum and the value of providing a safe, connected space for secondary students to learn.

Building trauma informed approaches into your secondary curriculum (22:10)

  • The scope to include trauma informed approaches within the secondary curriculum
  • Being protected into learning – providing a safe, connected space for secondary students to learn
  • Creating curriculums that combine compassion and creative thinking
  • Examples of using this approach to teach difficult concepts

Opportunity for Reflection

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How far is your curriculum “trauma-informed”?

'A Curriculum of Hope'

Publication date: January 2020
Format: Paperback & eBook
R.R.P: £18.99

In the video discussion above, the trio talk about creating curriculums that combine compassion and creativity. Dr Debra Kidd has published a recent book on this subject, A Curriculum of Hope: As rich in humanity as in knowledge’.

Working on the premise that a strong curriculum is supported by five key pillars of practice – coherence, credibility, creativity, compassion and community – Debra presents a plethora of examples that demonstrate how good curriculum design can empower schools to build bridges between their pupils’ learning and the world around them.

The book is available to purchase via the ‘Independent Thinking Press’ website or your preferred book retailer…

https://www.independentthinkingpress.com/books/teachingskills/a-curriculum-of-hope/

Creating a better curriculum out of the chaos

Independent Thinking hosted a conservation with Dr Debra Kidd and Hywel Roberts around teaching, learning and creating a better curriculum out of the chaos (2020). If this be of interest…

Suggested Additional Reading

David, Debra and Hywel covered a number of topics during this discussion. We have compiled some additional books, articles, resources and video links that explore some these subjects in greater detail. If you like, you can access this information via the ‘Materials’ tab at the top of the page.

In the next class, we progress from hearing about the ‘theory’ behind trauma informed approaches and how they can be embedded into the curriculum, to the ‘practice’ – with examples from 1 primary and 2 secondary schools. Starting with Pitteuchar East Primary School.

Resources or weblinks can be added here too...