Teacher at Barking school writes children’s book about different types of families
- Credit: Archant
A teacher at a Barking school was inspired to write a book about inclusion after seeing how much his pupils valued having their unique experiences represented in media.
Dean Russell-Rands, 29, who works as a supply teacher at George Carey Primary School in Minter Road, published his children’s book Loved, Cuddled & Tickled Too last week
He came out as a gay man at his last school and was surprised at how quick the children were to accept him.
“There was a girl in my class who at the moment I came out said, ‘I’ve got a gay brother too’.
“Sometimes it takes a lesson or a story to make children feel comfortable talking about these things.
You may also want to watch:
“Children aren’t prejudiced, it’s learned behaviour.”
Loved, Cuddled & Tickled Too is a rhyming book that features a range of families including one with two dads, as well as a single parent family.
- 1 Second blaze breaks out at White Horse pub in Chadwell Heath
- 2 Dagenham primary scoops second mental health award
- 3 More than 100 Covid dead at Queen's and King George this week
- 4 Station Parade traffic curbs get green light
- 5 More than 100 attend first session of gangs awareness workshop run by detective
- 6 Appeal after shots fired at house in Dagenham
- 7 Rapid Covid-19 test site for people without symptoms open in Dagenham
- 8 Welcome to Chadwell Heath Spartans, a true family football club
- 9 GPs roll up their sleeves to support colleagues at Queen's Hospital
- 10 Warning over 'blatant' lockdown breaches after Dagenham house party
“There aren’t enough books that families can see themselves in,” said Dean.
“I taught a lesson in my last class and we had pictures of different families on the board.
“A mixed-race family came up on the board and a mixed-race pupil put her hand up and said, ‘that’s me’.
“She was so excited and it just shows that there’s not a wide of representation of families out there.”
Dean, who lives in Romford, became a supply teacher so that he could have more time to focus on his writing, and now he works in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Thurrock.
“Lots of parents have already bought the book and people at the George Carey Primary School in Barking bought some of the books for the children.
“It’s been a really positive experience. I’m not worried about my own success. It’s just nice to get the message out there.”
As a primary school teacher, Dean focused on writing a book for younger children.
“I’ve had conversations at the George Carey Primary School about how as teachers and people working in schools we need to do our best to show equality.
“Having more text, posters and a range of resources in schools would be so useful.”
Loved, Cuddled & Tickled Too is available to buy on Amazon, click here.