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Episode 12: Supporting Emotional Intelligence with Richard Knight & Julie Pearson 

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Alistair Bryce-Clegg, Julie Pearson & Richard Knight return for a final episode to summarise their discussion so far on transitions. This time they bring it all together with the topic of emotional intelligence 

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They emphasise the idea that parents also struggle with transitions, for example moving to a new school after building trust at another. Strategies for supporting parents through these transitions are discussed, such as a ‘drip feed’ approach, slowly building a relationship with parents, and ensuring everyone is on the same page about what ‘transitions’ are.  

The importance of getting communication right is also considered, especially when it comes to more challenging conversations with parents, and opening up a non-judgemental dialogue around emotional intelligence and empathy for children.  

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