I had a student ask me this during a small group session with some of their class’ lowest ability students. With their exams only a couple of months away, I was trying desperately to engage these kids in what they were learning - cracking some jokes with them, allowing them the freedom to dictate the direction of their creative response, all in an effort to help them engage with the complex nature of the tasks.
I think that children with emotional difficulties as a result of a disturbed home life are one of the most misunderstood groups of people in society. As a consequence of trauma and inadequate upbringing, these children often lack emotional control and struggle to properly understand the nature of relationships.
Conservation of our closest biological relatives is an issue I find extremely important. The Bornean Orangutan is critically endangered, but due to the lack of funding from the governments of Borneo, they have only recently reached this conservation status, despite being close to extinction in the wild for over a decade.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to experience the full range of support that Yipiyap offer to schools. This has not only been a great opportunity for myself, but also for my personal development. Though primarily focused on group sessions and in-class support, I was also part of an alternative provision by catering to a student waiting for a school placement.