National Association for Therapeutic Education

NATE   National Association For Therapeutic Education

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


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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 more than 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 Deepening Crisis of Childhood


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             follows on the next page.......................                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

John Tierney   Director   National Association for Therapeutic Education   NATE