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New toolkit for neurodivergent pupils

A new toolkit called NEST has been launched to help neurodivergent school pupils in Scotland.

NEST stands for NEurodivergent peer Support Toolkit. It has been created by neurodivergent young people and a neurodiverse group of adults who worked with researchers from the University of Edinburgh.

Neurodiversity is a word used to explain the different ways people think and experience the world. If someone is neurodivergent it means that they process information differently from most other people. Neurodivergent people might have a diagnosis such as ADHD, autism, or dyslexia (or more than one of these), but many will not have a diagnosis.

You can find out more about neurodiversity here:

NEST is designed to be used in secondary schools. It features a handbook and resources to help teachers set up and run peer support groups. NEST is also free for any school in Scotland to access 🙂

Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help and support each other.

These peer support groups are about creating a safe space for neurodivergent students to have fun and also spend time together.

They also aim to be led by pupils themselves and to help them choose the activities that they want to do. If part of a NEST support group you can also learn about neurodiversity, and explore your own feelings around it. 

What others have said…

Here are some thoughts from pupils who have already been involved in NEST support groups:

How DO I access a nest group?

If you don’t already have a NEST group set up at your school that you can join, then you can tell your school teachers about NEST and ask them to set one up.

All of the NEST resources are designed for school staff, so it’s their job to set up and run the group.

You can encourage them to download the NEST handbook and resource pack here:

Find out More about nest

You can find out more about NEST by visiting their website. To do this, just click the button below:

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