Saturday, January 12 • 11:40am - 12:40pm
Science in my Pocket (463)

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One in ten school aged children in the UK – an average of three in every primary school classroom - have diagnosable mental health conditions, and three quarters of these children are not getting the support that they need.

A child with EBD can be highly challenging for the teacher to manage, so very often the management of the disruptive behaviour of individual children falls to a Teaching Assistant (TA). Recent reports suggest that the role of the TA in simply guiding a child through a task set by the teacher is unlikely to make a difference to the child and may even have a negative effect. However when teaching assistants prioritise the development of independence and resilience over task completion, children make significantly better progress.

Science in My Pocket is primarily a set of structured activities for primary school teaching assistants to use with individual children who need to leave the classroom. Science in my Pocket generates independent thinking through TASC and gives the children a sense of purpose for what they are doing. Throughout the activities the children are encouraged to take responsibility for making decisions about what to do next.
Our research shows that Science in my pocket is a very effective strategy for supporting children with EBD in the immediate, short and longer term.


Michelle Grimshaw

Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT)
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Nina Spilsbury

Nina Spilsbury has over 40 years’ experience of teaching, including Nursery to Secondary, working in both the West and East Midlands.  Nina is an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST)Until recently she was a Senior Teacher at the Malcolm Sargent Primary School, Stamford. responsible for... Read More →

Saturday January 12, 2019 11:40am - 12:40pm
Arts 222 (Lecture Room 6)