Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Keynote Speaker, Author & Advisor

June 26, 2024

KEYNOTE: Anxious About School

These slides were developed for a conference in summer 2024.

Here’s the session overview:

Anxious About School: Understanding and Supporting

“Why do some children struggle to come to school and what can we do about it?” is the question that sits at the heart of this keynote. You’ll learn how to get to the heart of the issue and how to develop sustainable child-centred action plans to enable school attendance, engagement and enjoyment. Pooky’s simple framework can easily be used to develop a whole school approach or tailored to support individuals and will leave you inspired and empowered to support children who had, until now, felt unreachable.

This session will be co-delivered by Pooky and her 14-year-old daughter Lyra who will share her first-hand experience of being anxious about school.

If you were there, I hope these are a helpful aide-memoire. If not, I hope they make enough sense without me to be useful. If you’d like to download them, you can do so via this page on slideshare.

Further Resources

Here are some further resources you might find helpful to build on the session:

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