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