All is calm, all is bright – planning for an inclusive and festive December
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. The schools that we work with are starting to shift their focus towards festive crafts, nativity plays and a general joyous end to what has been, for many, a very stressful year.
For some pupils, with a variety needs, these changes to routines can represent a barrier to inclusion in themselves. School staff can find that their well-intentioned festive activities bring about stress, strife and exclusion for children and young people who need support. I’ve experienced this as a pastoral manager, teaching assistant and Educational Psychologist across 12 years of working in schools and wider education systems.
I think that it would be useful for the Educational Psychology community to pull together a festive checklist to provide to school staff to get them thinking about festive inclusion in this and coming years – add your ideas below!
Using the padlet (it’s really easy don’t worry)
- Click the big pink button in the bottom right corner to add your own idea
- Click the heart underneath an idea if you really like it
- Click the speech bubble underneath an idea if you want to comment on it
- Scroll up and down the Padlet to see all the ideas
The Padlet is anonymous by default, but feel free to add your name/service at the end of your creative idea.
So, have a browse, add your inclusive festive ideas, heart the ones you like and we hope it’s useful.