This beautifully crafted book has a heart. A heart which is driven by the need to get the best available support and help for the most important people in our schools: the children and young people we teach.
In 'On the Fringes', Jackie Ward creates an immersive environment for us to understand the common challenges and frustrations met by pupils, parents and teachers in the complex world of special educational needs (SEN). The thorough research which Jackie shares in the book helps illustrate the many underlying issues within our education system and culture, and this is to be highly commended.
'On the Fringes' is for any teacher, parent or educationalist alike you will not be able to put it down. It's a personal perspective as well as a professional reflection on what we need to do in order to ensure that every child in every school has their individual needs met to the best of our ability.
Thank you, Jackie, for a thoroughly enjoyable learning journey.--Nina Jackson, author, award-winning speaker, mental health ambassador and education consultant, Teach Learn Create Ltd
'On the Fringes' is a book into which you are drawn right from the outset, as it begins with a real-life, personal account of what inspired the author to write it.
Packed with useful tips and advice, this solution-focused resource delves into why some groups are more vulnerable to exclusion than others, with a specific focus on those children and young people who have significant undiagnosed needs and complex mental health difficulties.
Jackie paints a detailed picture of the alternative education provision offered in a PRU setting and describes the components of a caring, nurturing approach designed to develop pupils self-esteem and self-confidence. She also emphasises the paramount importance of early intervention and its value in curtailing the progress of challenging behaviours, and discusses the need for staff to develop empathy and emotional resilience in order to best help vulnerable children and young people.
To close the book, Jackie provides a ten-point manifesto on how the exclusion of children and young people can be prevented so that a better future is made possible for those who would otherwise be left on the fringes.--Cherryl Drabble, author and Assistant Head Teacher, Highfurlong School