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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)

  1. Click the big pink button in the bottom right corner to add your own idea
  2. Click the heart underneath an idea if you really like it
  3. Click the speech bubble underneath an idea if you want to comment on it
  4. 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.

Made with Padlet



About Tim Cox

Tim is an Educational Psychologist working in the North East of England and is the founder and host of the Agents of Hope Podcast. Tim is interested in existentialism, hope, communicating the role of Educational Psychologists and fatherhood.

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