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Therapeutic classrooms: ‘The couch area is definitely their favourite’

This year, Shahana Knight is continuing her transformational therapeutic classroom work with a pioneering cohort of primary schools. This time, she visits Worsley Mesnes Primary to transform a year 5 classroom...
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Too often, classrooms are uncomfortable spaces that are not even practical or functional. They do not meet the emotional, mental health or wellbeing needs of our children and can often increase feelings of anxiety, overwhelm and stress.

I am on a mission to create therapeutic, trauma-informed classrooms that help children feel safe and that provide them with the right atmosphere (and furniture) they need to flourish.

This year, I am working with a number of brave schools, who have given me free rein with their learning spaces to create therapeutic classrooms. This time, I would like to tell you about our work at Worsley Mesnes Primary School in Wigan.

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