About the Authors


Alastair Lidster (BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSc, CPsychol, FRSA) has worked with educators for over twenty five years. He has been a teaching assistant, teacher and educational psychologist. He completed his training as an educational psychologist in 1998 after which he spent fifteen years working for Local Authorities in Berkshire. In 2013 Alastair started in private practice and has since worked in this capacity with parents, schools and Local Authorities. As a psychologist, Alastair soon developed an interest in helping teachers to meet the needs of children who have experienced early trauma which led to him writing guidance materials for teachers and setting up nurture groups in local schools.

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Rebecca Best (BSc (Hons), MBPsS) graduated with a first-class psychology degree from the University of Manchester in 2012. She has worked within schools as a mentor, learning support assistant, assistant speech and language therapist, researcher and assistant psychologist. Rebecca has a particular interest in studying the effects of early childhood trauma and disrupted attachment on children’s emotional and social development. In the future she hopes to continue working with teachers to enhance their knowledge of emotional and social development in order to improve outcomes for children with additional needs. Rebecca will shortly qualify as an educational psychologist.