National Association for Therapeutic Education

NATE   National Association For Therapeutic Education

Patrons: Graham Allen MP  David Amess MP  Gregory Barker*   Bishop Paul Bayes  Richard Benyon MP  Gerry Bermingham*  Clive Betts*  Nicola Blackwood MP  Tom Blenkinsop MP  David Borrow *  Dr Peter Brand*   Julian Brazier MP  Steve Brine MP  Helen Brinton*  Annette Brooke*   Robert Buckland MP  Paul Burstow*   Bishop Paul Butler  Alex Carlile QC*  Neil Carmichael MP  Jenny Chapman MP  Lord Chidgey*   Rt Hon Tom Clarke CBE*  Vernon Coaker MP   Rosie Cooper MP  Lord Cotter*   Baroness Cox  John Cryer MP   Alex Cunningham MP  Sir Tony Cunningham MP   Cynog Dafis*   Bryan Davies*   Philip Davies MP  Rt Hon David Davis MP   Jim Dobbin*  Rt Hon Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP  Brian Donohue* Mark Durkan MP  Rt Rev Lord Eames OM  Bill Esterson MP  Bill Etherington *  Nigel Evans MP  Mark Fisher *  Robert Flello MP  Lord Flight*  Barbara Follett * Michael Gapes MP  Sir Edward Garnier QC MP  Dr Ian Gibson*  Stephen Gilbert*  Lord Glentoran CBE DL  Mary Glindon MP  Sir Richard Glyn BT  Thomas Graham*  Professor Sir Denis Pereira Gray OBE  Baroness Greengross OBE  Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP  Andrew Gwynne MP  Fabian Hamilton MP   Mike Hancock CBE*   Sir Nick Harvey*  Lord Haskins  John Hemming*  Sharon Hodgson MP  Adam Holloway MP  Paul Holmes *   Baroness Hooper CMG  Bishop Alan Hopes  Rt Hon Lord Howarth of Newport CBE  Rt Hon George Howarth MP  Baroness Howe of Idlicote CBE  Dr Kim Howells *   Rt Hon Lindsay Hoyle MP   Andrew Hunter*   Dr Brian Iddon *  Cathy Jamieson*  Brian Jenkins *  Jon Owen Jones*   Dr Lynne Jones *  Martyn Jones *  Nigel Jones*  Fraser Kemp *  Andy King*  Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth   Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP  Pauline Latham OBE MP  Professor Lord Layard  Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP  John Leech*  Sir Edward Leigh*  Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP   Professor the Baroness Lister of Burtesett CBE  Bob Litherland*   Elfyn Llwyd*  Andy Love*  Karen Lumley MP  Dr Wendy Lynas PhD   Rob Marris *    Baroness Masham of Ilton DL  Ian Mearns MP  Patrick Mercer OBE *  Norman Mikardo  Penny Mordaunt MP  George Mudie* Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor  Bishop James Newcome  Mark Oaten *  Lembit Opik *  Diana Organ*   Sandra Osborne*  Lord Ouseley  Bob Parry*   Rt Hon Priti Patel MP  Peter Pike*  Bishop Stephen Platten  Chris Pond*  Mark Prisk MP  Bishop John Pritchard  John Pugh MP  Lord Rana MBE  Syd Rapson BEM*   Bishop John Rawsthorne   Bishop Dr Lee Rayfield  Lord Rea Of Eskdale MD FRCGP  Bishop Edwin Regan  Margaret Ritchie MP  Dan Rogerson*   Sir Bob Russell* Christine Russell *  Martin Salter *  Adrian Sanders MP  Laura Sandys*  Barry Sheerman MP   Henry Smith MP  Archbishop Peter Smith   Peter Snape*   Gerry Sutcliffe MP  Lord Taverne QC   Simon Thomas*   Baroness Thornton John Thurso*  Dr Desmond Turner *   Dr Rudi Vis *   Baroness Walmsley  Dame Angela Watkinson DBE MP  Mark Williams MP  Roger Williams* Lord Willis of Knaresborough  (* formerly Member of Parliament)

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The National Association for Therapeutic Education NATE was founded in 1995 amid the nationwide collapse of therapeutic education for severely emotionally disturbed children. The crisis occurred because therapeutic schools were too small to resource the full range of academic subjects required by the National Curriculum. Government was aware of the problem but therapeutic schools were allowed to disappear.

It became clear that behind the crisis in the specialism lay a far greater and more critical national institutional failure. This was the continuing general failure of the school system to resource formative emotional growth.  It is a central function of the school system and infant education in particular to resource formative emotional development. But in practice infant schools generally are not equipped for this purpose.  

For around twenty years the National Association for Therapeutic Education has drawn the attention of senior leaders to the profound failure described here. Because the issue is of national significance and has implications for human rights the process of change has been predictably slow.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

NATE remains a small, unfunded but influential focus movement committed to persuade senior leaders to restore a specialist therapeutic school service for severely emotionally disturbed children nationwide but more importantly to address the continuing general failure of the UK school system to resource formative emotional development.

The current central campaign document of the National Association for Therapeutic Education entitled

                                   The Underlying Crisis in Childhood -                                                                                                                                                                                                              

The Nation's Most Critical Social and Institutional Failures'                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            follows on the next page.......................                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

John Tierney   Director   National Association for Therapeutic Education   NATE