CAT in Educational Settings


CAT is offered an a wide range of services for children, young people, their families and carers.  You can read more about this in our blog on Youth CAT.  Young people and staff in educational settings are also benefitting from the application of CAT ideas.

A Game of Two Halves

Our member Dr Nick Barnes is a young people’s psychiatrist working with children and adolescents in London. From 2010 he has used CAT ideas in combination with footballing activities with young people (aged 11 – 16) at risk of exclusion from school.

Read more about A Game of Two Halves by clicking on this link.

Nick has also drawn on CAT ideas in his support of school communities where pupils have been affected by violence.

The Thriece Project

The Marino Institute of Education developed an educational  research project known as THRIECE (Teaching for Holistic, Relational and Inclusive Early Childhood Education).  This 26 month project began in December 2017.  It was funded as part of an Erasmus+ programme. Its Irish project leads were Dr Claire Regan, Dr Leah O’Tool and Professor Nóirín Hayes, alongside colleagues in Poland and Portugal.

The study investigated alternative models of early childhood education, using ways of teaching and learning which nurture relationships.  It had a focus on the family, educational and social systems in which a child exists. It also used a CAT framework, and techniques such as mapping as a methodology.

A free conference in Dublin on the outcomes of this work marked the end of this project in January 2020.

You can read more about THRIECE at this informative blog on the Early Childhood Ireland site, by Dr Claire Regan and Dr Leah O’Toole: Placing the Child at the Centre of Quality in Early Childhood and Primary Education

You can also visit the THRIECE website at or follow them on Twitter at @ThrieceProject

CAT in Educational Settings by ACAT Public Engagement Team
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