KiVA Project: Adapting and researching a web-based parenting programme based on the ‘Little Parent Handbook’ as a resource for school-based support staff.
Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention (Bangor University)
The aim of this project is to provide flexible training resources for school-based support staff that are consistent with best child management practice derived from over 30 years of research by Professor Hutchings and colleagues at Bangor University.
Growing numbers children are arriving in school with additional needs particularly in relation to the social and emotional regulation skills that underpin academic engagement. There are also growing numbers of support staff working in schools with these children who have identified special needs. However, these staff have a variety of backgrounds and training and, with increasing numbers of children presenting challenges within the classroom, it is important that all staff in contact with children are using a consistent approach to supporting them. Currently there is little training for support staff who are often only funded for their contact time with children.
The project involves filming teacher-pupil interactions within a local school/schools and editing the film to provide examples of good practice in engaging distractible children, managing challenging behaviour, giving clear transition warnings in moving from one activity to another, etc.. This material will then be provided as a supplement to the existing online parenting programme that has been the subject of another PhD student within CEBEI.
The head teacher of Ysgol Niwbwrch, Ynys Môn agreed to participate and already has the consent of parents for children to be filmed. She is also head of Ysgol Llangaffo and Ysgol Dwyran so it may be possible to obtain video from more than one school and with a variety of pupils from this socially disadvantaged area.