BULLYING

Viewers see for themselves a pupil-counselling scheme - involving live sessions with pupil counsellors, victims and bullies - transform, with other anti-bullying measures, the lives of both victims and bullies. They see the benefit to the counsellors (themselves former bullies and/or victims). And how any school, with a culture of bullying and fear, can become an immeasurably happier, more productive place. 

Seven thousand young people were interviewed for a national ‘Bullying’ report published in January 2001. Half their schools had no anti-bullying policy. The remainder had no effective policy. 1 in 10 experienced severe bullying. Bullying is the principle cause of physical and mental illness among children and teenagers - often profoundly damaging their education and long-term health. It is a major cause of truancy, depression, child and teenage suicides. And of family stress. It is rife in Nursery and Primary schools where many young criminals begin their bullying. Frequently, there is a direct link between child bullying and crime. Yet many schools refuse to acknowledge their bullying problem. Or, if they do, to do anything about it.

 

A newer strand in the debate on the causes of crime has looked at the immediate precursors to criminal activity and of these, bullying at school attracted attention. The importance of this BBC special is considerable. The aplomb and wisdom with which these pupil counsellors, black and white, approach their work is impressive. They listen; they suggest options; they bring victim and bully together. They know victims can become bullies and vice versa. They work to develop what it is like to be bullied in the minds of the bully. They succeed where teacher, parent and social worker cannot. The scheme is wholly replicable. Of such stuff is faith in the future created.

Community Care

 

A unique video resource showing staff and pupil counsellors in a revolutionary experiment. Most importantly, they show how to give the person in need - whether victim or bully - the opportunity to tell their story and be heard.

Prof. Helen Cowie,  Head of Psychology &Counselling, Roehampton Institute. Co-author of ‘Peer Counselling in Schools’

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BREAKING THE CYCLE: Children with Behaviour Problems

Winner of The British Social Services Media Award 

Features a group of disruptive children during a ten-day programme - involving parents - structured over ten weeks at Marlborough House Day Unit, Swindon (funded by the National Health; and one of only a handful of such centres in Europe). It follows Dean and Joe (whose mother is a teacher). Shows their remarkable and moving transformation into calmer, happier, more confident individuals. How this is achieved. Its profound effect on their parents (one mother stops taking anti-depressants because of her child’s improvement). And the marked change in the group. ‘Behaviour problems’ is an umbrella term for diverse but often related causes making children unable to behave in a disciplined way. The resulting lack of self-esteem and disruptive behaviour all too frequently leads to bullying, nursery and school exclusion, drugs, juvenile crime and imprisonment. Also the rapidly growing but controversial use of Ritalin. 

I consider this a highly important video because, to my knowledge, it is unique both in demonstrating the key underlying principles which can help a sizeable majority of children with behavioural problems - and their families. And in showing the life-improving changes the practice of those principles can bring about.

Rosalind Hanbury,  Co-Founder of Family Links

 

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DYSLEXIA - An Avoidable National Tragedy
The Key Video on Alerting Parents & Teachers to its Symptoms & Consequences

Features eight children and adults of different ages and backgrounds, whose lives and families have been severely affected by dyslexia. It shows how diagnosis and professional help can transform, at virtually any age, a dyslexic person’s life. And that of their family.

Very importantly, teachers see a child’s behaviour in the home (away from class where often they remain quiet and withdrawn). And how dyslexia adversely affects their whole personality. The prisoner interviewed, illustrates how dyslexia frequently leads to crime. Over 50% of drug users, young offenders and prisoners have dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.

Dyslexia is the single most common, serious learning difficulty. It is frequently linked to Attention Deficit Disorder. In the UK alone, over two million suffer severely. A further five million are affected. In every school - from Nursery and Primary upwards - children are bullied and humiliated, often by ignorant teachers accusing them of being lazy and inattentive. Fear, frustration, anger and failure increase their isolation. Many remain undiagnosed throughout their school career. Dyslexia is a major cause of truancy, depression, mental and physical illness, illiteracy, innumeracy, and child suicide. Yet parents lack the knowledge; and many teachers the basic training even to recognise the symptoms.

The earlier the assessment, the diagnosis and the sustained help, the less serious and accumulative the damage. The cost is tiny, against the incalculable price to society in lost skills, productivity, illness, drugs, crime, unfulfilled lives and suicide.

Shows the relief diagnosis brings, the importance of early recognition. And the tragic consequences of undiagnosed dyslexia. It offers a message of hope and help.

British Dyslexia Association

Will increase awareness and give invaluable insight into the discovery, assessment, teaching of and living with dyslexia.

Helen Arkell,  Dyslexia Centre

Goes a long way to helping teachers recognise signs, and alert them to the misery dyslexia can cause. It would be difficult to remain unmoved

Times Educational Supplement

A very valuable resource for all schools in alerting teachers to the symptoms of dyslexia. And for parents as a source of reassurance and guidance.

National Association of Head Teachers

All teacher training college students should see this video. It demonstrates, more than words can state, that a dyslexic person’s happiness and ultimate achievements will depend so much on early diagnosis.

Robin Slater,  President, European Dyslexia Association

A must for any library which may have to answer the question ‘what is dyslexia?’ It should be viewed by anyone requiring an introduction, from trainee and practising teachers to parents.

R.Lonsdale,  Audiovisual Librarian

I can see much potential in using this video with prisoners - many of whom have learning difficulties - because it offers hope, and gives a possible explanation for their learning difficulties.

David Haynes,  Probation Officer, violent offenders

Manages to pack a tremendous amount into 50 minutes. And succeeds admirably in portraying the reality of dyslexia.

Anne Cooke,   Dyslexia Unit, University of Wales

 

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The Education of Young Black Males in Britain

‘It’s the problem no-one will talk about. The plight of young blacks in Britain. They make up a higher proportion of the prison population than in America. It is a tragedy for them and for their country. I am convinced we have found a cause and a cure. It will upset some blacks; but it’s time all Britain took notice.’

Dr Spencer Holland

Dr Holland is a black educational psychologist working in one of the poorest, most violent areas of Washington. His stark statistics define the plight of many young blacks in Britain. 1 in 4 can barely read, write or do simple maths. Over half are unemployed. And 8 times more likely to be jailed than their white counterparts. Yet the status of young black women, and those literate and employed, continue to rise. This video follows Dr Holland’s visit to Britain. It shows a principle cause. And a proven solution - relevant for all ethnic backgrounds - involving trained adult male mentors. And operating with dramatic results, throughout America. 

 

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MAKING THE GRADE  

Annually, one million pupils sit GCSE and ‘A’ levels exams. And each year the pass rate appears to improve - in both grades and numbers. This video establishes a direct link between low standards and the market driven exam system. The findings are confirmed by a study showing dramatically improved results in a Comprehensive, Grammar, and Independent school when pupils sat for a less challenging exam board. Also an unprecedented national test involving 400 students taking, the same day, two Maths GCSE papers from different boards. Less demanding standards require less rigorous teaching and fewer resources. But at an all too real and evident cost to society. 

 

Increasingly my colleagues at university level are questioning the credence of the whole system. Everybody talks about it. Everybody knows about it. But nobody comes right out and says it.

Dr McCartan,  Former Chief Examiner, N.Ireland

 

Life is difficult enough. Why bring in more unfairness by making it a lottery as to what grade you get - depending on what board you take? I think committee enquiries are all very well. But they won’t come out with anything that’s very deep. I don’t have any confidence they’ll come out with the real truth.

Prof. Burghes,  Senior Maths Examiner at AEB, Director of The Educational Research Dept, Exeter University

 

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ALL OUR FUTURES: Britain’s Educational Revolution - A Disaster of Epic Proportions?

A key investigation into vocational training by leading educationalist Professor Alan Smithers and The Centre for Educational & Employment Research at Manchester University. The findings make disturbing viewing. But show what must - and vitally what can - be done to raise standards in state education.

We are going about vocational education in such an idiosyncratic and bizarre way that we’ll inherit the results in ten years’ time. And we’ll find we are even further behind our European competitors. The quality of life of us all will suffer and be damaged by the mistakes we’re making.

Professor. Alan Smithers

 

This video is highly relevant to the debate about post-sixteen education and training. It documents the work of a team of educationists who compare our training programmes with those in France, Holland and Germany. The team’s evidence appears to illustrate an enormous ‘skills gap’ between us and the other nations studied. There are very crisp comments from industrialists and educationists from all the countries involved. This video raises key questions about our education system. It will stimulate debate on teacher training courses, on governing bodies, among parents, and between teachers in schools and colleges. And we must have a broad debate.

Times Educational Supplement

 

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