Teachers communicating about life-limiting conditions, death and bereavement

Title

Teachers communicating about life-limiting conditions, death and bereavement

Creator

Robinson S; Ekins A; Durrant I; Summers K

Publisher

Pastoral Care in Education

Date

2018

Subject

life-limiting illness; children; cancer; health; Education & Educational Research; pupils; schools; emotional labour; medical; teachers

Description

The number of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in England is double what it was at the millennium. These conditions include cystic fibrosis, cancer, organ failure and severe neurological injuries. The Teaching for Life project aimed to explore the needs of teachers working in English schools in relation to working with children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Ninety teachers completed a questionnaire and 38 completed individual and group interviews. About half the teachers interviewed had experience of working with children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, and half did not. The teachers expressed a number of anxieties about coping with illness, death and bereavement. They described difficulties in communicating with parents, children and health professionals. They worried about maintaining their professional role whilst needing to contain their own emotions and the emotions of others, within school cultures that did not feel supportive. The paper concludes that policies and practices that seek to support children with medical conditions need to acknowledge the weight of responsibility for teachers. They need to articulate with a whole school approach that protects and promotes teachers' emotional well-being.

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Citation List Month

August 2018 List

Pages

57-69

Issue

1

Volume

36

Collection

Citation

Robinson S; Ekins A; Durrant I; Summers K, “Teachers communicating about life-limiting conditions, death and bereavement,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed November 21, 2018, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/15556.

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