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Deborah Michel

Personal details

Deb MichelJob title: Honorary Research Fellow in Education
Highest qualification: MA Educational Psychology
Email: deborah.michel@cumbria.ac.uk
Phone: 07717 580 600

Deborah is by profession an educational psychologist with a longstanding interest in social and emotional development and how to nurture it. She has wide experience within education both as a teacher, senior educational psychologist and developing national programmes.

She has particular achievements and experience in relation to social and emotional development and wise education.  Deborah was Senior Adviser within the National Strategies (2003 – 2008), leading on Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) in both primary and secondary school.  Since leaving the National Strategies she has been a freelance educator and writer.  This has included working with LAs to develop policy to promote social and emotional learning, edited Social and Emotional Learning Update for Optimus education and developed a peer awareness programme. She has written several books for children.

Academic interests

  • Social and emotional development
  • Peer-awareness
  • Effective pedagogy to develop peer-awareness and empathy
  • Talent development
  • Motivation
  • Attitude change
  • Teacher consultation

Recent external roles

  • Co-director Centre for Wise Education
  • Cumbria Social Inclusion Strategy – 2009 - 2011
  • Working on Wellbeing Welsh Assembly Government through Bridgend. Local Authority and Vale of Glamorgan Local Authority.
  • Editor Social and Emotional Learning Update, Optimus Education

Research activities

Current projects

  • Researching talent development in children and adults (exploring the origins of the ‘multiplier effect’)
  • Development of Woodfer’s World: Peer Awareness Resource, (March 2012 ongoing) Ambitions about Autism. The development of a resource to enhance peer awareness, acceptance and inclusion of children with autism and related difficulties.

Selected outputs

Waters, D, Primary Headwork (1&2), Oxford University Press (1988)

Waters, D, Various stories: Headwork Reading, Oxford University Press (1995)

Michel, D, The Behaviour Curriculum, Cumbria County Council (1988)

Michel, D, The Positive Behaviour Curriculum, Cumbria County Council (2000)

Hymer, B., Michel, D., Todd, E., (2001), Dynamic Consultation – an application of the principles of Dynamic Assessment to the process of Educational Psychologist – Teacher Consultations, Educational Psychology in Practice (agreed for publication January 2001)

Hymer, B, and Michel, D, Gifted and Talented Learners: Creating a Policy for Inclusion, NACE/Fulton Publications (2002)

Michel, D, A Whole School Approach: Planning for Positive Behaviour (editor: Pam Fairhurst), Cumbria LEA (2000)

Woods, P., Hymer, B., Michel, D, Dilemma-Based Learning in the Humanities, Optimus Professional Publishing,(2007)

Daley, M, Michel, D. Woodfer’s World: A Peer Awareness Programme for Understanding and Valuing Hidden Differences, Ambitious about Autism (2012)

Michel, D, Hymer, B, Dilemma-based learning in the primary school, Optimus Professional Publishing (2010)

Michel, D, McClurg, H, Exploring Shakespeare through dilemma based learning, Optimus Professional Publishing (2011)

Contributions to creating the vision, writing and development of primary SEAL and secondary SEAL materials. This included writing the learning and teaching materials, writing resources for families, writing staff development material, editing Family SEAL workshops