Drawing on his wide-ranging research and practical experience at the chalkface, Stephen Lane has produced an all-embracing text on how schools can develop their practice to care more effectively for their learners.
Stephen makes very effective use of his research to inform the reader of relevant current research topics, published papers and legislation. I personally found the sections on relationships and sex education, wellbeing, mental health and attachment, behaviour, and bullying extremely relevant. The depth of discussion and critical analysis illustrates the author's awareness of key intervention strategies. The section on behaviour is recommended since it raises many issues which have already been highlighted as key problem areas for teachers at all levels, especially as they work to address the emotional and learning barriers facing students during the period of the coronavirus pandemic.
Although Beyond Wiping Noses is primarily aimed at schools, I would suggest that its content is also very relevant for staff in further education colleges, training centres and universities too, where the issues of pastoral support for students is often an overlooked issue.