Child Emotional Wellbeing


The therapeutic and the academic in Therapeutic Storywriting The fairy tale offers fantasy materials which suggest to the child in symbolic form what the battle to achieve self-realisation is all about, and it guarantees a happy ending.– Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment The child who is at risk of […]

Helping children to move beyond reaction to reflection



There are a few places left on the Story Links Parent Partnership course and the Therapeutic Storywriting Groups training.  Both interventions have an extensive evidence-base that shows they support both emotional wellbeing and academic literacy. Read our latest blog focuses on Story Links and gives a good overview of the intervention. You […]

CTSW update: September 2021



For children who are struggling to make sense of the emotional anxieties they are experiencing, life can be incredibly confusing and bewildering. In order to help, we often need an approach that will support emotional and social wellbeing as well as developing the relationship between home and school, and between […]

Story Links: How working with parents is key to effectiveness



In delivering professional development to teachers working with vulnerable pupils it is clear that post Covid pandemic that there are even more pupils in need of emotional support in our schools than before. Teachers are reporting how some pupils are finding it difficult to settle back in the classroom and […]

Post-pandemic: time to bring Psychological Mindedness into schools



As pupils return to school, the need for emotional support within the learning environment will be needed more than ever. Therapeutic Storywriting Groups and Story Links are evidence-based 10-week interventions that can easily be delivered in a socially distanced and Covid-safe manner in school. Our virtual training makes the interventions, […]

CTSW Update, July 2020


The contribution that an understanding of attachment theory can make to schools and learning outcomes is considerable.  There are links between attachment, behaviour and learning. Behind every child who misbehaves and underperforms in school there is a story, and the story is acted out in the classroom. While it is […]

Attachment Behaviour and Learning


What if we could develop the confidence in children and young people to talk about, and understand, any troubling emotions that are holding them back? Therapeutic Storywriting aims to do just that and schools in more than 23 Local Authorities in the UK are using the programme with great success. […]

Therapeutic Storywriting Supports Pupils’ Emotional Wellbeing



Primary schools are increasingly encountering self-harm amongst pupils who cannot explain why they are doing it, leaving teachers struggling to know what to do.  It is an expression of feeling. Self-harm tends to be associated with teenagers and schools are more likely to be able to confidently respond to this […]

Primary-age children who self-harm