A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”
The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.
— Adapted from 'The Star Thrower' by Loren C. Eiseley
Meet the Need's impassioned mission is to support schools to be authentically inclusive, where needs are identified and met and where whole school well-being is seen as the foundation to future success. My goal is to reduce exclusion by enabling schools to strategically and effectively support children and young people with SEN.
I work alongside schools to develop effective practice through a multi-layered, systemic and preemptive approach. My aim is to help schools to:
I have worked with children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and associated behavioural difficulties throughout my career with a proven track record of outstanding practice. I have resided in a variety of roles and settings, including:
As well as in a large primary mainstream school in the role of:
Your work with Kingfisher has been totally inspirational. HMI said it's the greatest transformation he's seen in SEND provision for a long time. Thank you for the brilliant work you do to support my colleagues in the Trust. You are BRILLIANT. Thank you
Trystan Williams - Venturers Trust
I’m sure you’ve heard that we had HMI before the holidays. We have had the official report and it has gone to staff and governors. SEN has been identified as making great progress. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you so much for all the support this year. Thanks!!!
Kirsteen Craig - Principal
The Kingfisher School, Bristol
Kat is an outstanding practitioner, judged consistently by myself, senior staff, visiting inspectors and HMI. Her incredibly diligent, intelligent approach based on the study of research, theory combined with her own experiences means that the Nurture settings she has developed and leads are second to none. Kat has also facilitated training for other schools and consultancy groups such as Osiris. Feedback is always superb. Her sense of care, calm, firm love and generosity of self when supporting staff and some of our most vulnerable pupils and families is phenomenal, a truly inspirational individual whom I have been lucky to learn from and laugh with.
Sharon Gray O.B.E
A quick recap on the earlier part of the day, and workshop I plan to spend more time in at the London event was that led by Rona Tutt and the extraordinary Kat of Netherfield Primary School of ways in which schools can support children’s mental health issues under the new legislation. Netherfield, which serves a very deprived community, focuses on developing the whole child, and does so in imaginative ways, supporting children’s health and well-being with retreats and role play, peer massage, and nurture groups. What they were able to do as a result of this was extraordinary - and I’ll plan to report back on this in a few weeks’ time.
Susan Young, education journalist, NAHT annual conference 2015
I would highly recommend using the services of Kat Booker. She has a real understanding and experience of the challenges that are faced when supporting a child who cannot handle their emotions appropriately. Kat proved to be of fantastic support when we faced this difficulty ourselves and shared practical strategies to implement based on the wealth of knowledge and experience she has.
Kat, more importantly, was instrumental in reshaping thinking and attitudes of staff in our school towards pupils who display behavioural concerns, leading to major changes in school ethos and provision. This has really strengthened practice leading to our school being much better at earlier intervention and implementing support, before things get to the challenging stage.
Sue Laplanche – Headteacher
Robert Mellors Primary School, Nottingham
Thanks again lovely amazing people! You were so awesome feedback is already super positive!
Toni Bailey - Chair
'engage in their future' national association for school leaders in the SEMH sector