Bristol Conversations in Education: An ADHD Teacher Toolkit – what are the needs?

30 September 2020, 12.00 PM - 30 September 2020, 1.00 PM

Dr. Simon Brownhill, Dr. Frances Knight and Jennifer Norris, University of Bristol

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This event is part of the School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' research seminar series. These seminars are free and open to the public.

Speakers: Dr. Simon Brownhill, Dr. Frances Knight and Jennifer Norris, University of Bristol

A recent Education Endowment Foundation report (Moore et al., 2019) placed improving behaviour in schools as a central priority for education contexts. For young people with ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder], the classroom can be a particularly challenging environment for them as they are often more inattentive (Kofler et al., 2008), and display more off-task (Imeraj et al., 2013) and disruptive behaviours (O’Regan, 2018). As such, young people with ADHD require more support from educators, but this is typically hindered by a limited teacher knowledge of ADHD (Kendall, 2016) and of evidence-based ADHD-specific interventions, both in the UK (Moore et al., 2016) and internationally (Arcia et al., 2000). In a review of UK teachers’ own perspectives, Moore et al. (2017) recognise the importance of informed pupil-teacher interactions, and the need for evidence-based interventions to effectively assist educators in their daily practice in the classroom.

This research seminar reports on findings from an exploratory project which set out to establish the extent to which there is a need for an ADHD Teacher Toolkit for the classroom (March-July 2020). Funded by an award from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account 2019-23, the project considered the professional need for such a toolkit, as well as the content, features and strategies that an ADHD Teacher Toolkit should contain based on the views of a range of key stakeholders including classroom teachers, educational psychologists, parents/ carers and young people with ADHD.

In the research seminar, attendees will learn about the underlying philosophy of the proposed ADHD Teacher Toolkit, as well as reflecting on the suite of proposed content in different formats (digital and physical) that will ultimately help to shape an effective and usable classroom intervention. A number of important conclusions and recommendations will be shared in the form of ‘Key Takeaways’ for attendees to take away with them! 

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