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Te Huarahi | Linwood Avenue School – Leading trauma-informed practices across the kura

Gretchen Smith, tumuaki at Te Huarahi | Linwood Avenue School, has long held an interest in understanding ākonga behaviour and how it impacts learning. Over the past three years, Gretchen and the senior leadership team noticed an increasing number of ākonga presenting with heightened levels of anxiety and trauma. To meet this challenge, they initiated a schoolwide focus on trauma-informed practices. Read our story to find out more about the transformational changes they’ve made through circle time.

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Leadership actions


Circle time at Te Huarahi

Impact to date

Gretchen’s top tips

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