Don’t judge a book by its cover, or David by his trainers

Last week I finally made the time to start reading a new book. The book in question was ‘Restorative Practice’ by Mark Finnis and I had really been looking forward to diving into my favourite subject… getting the best from pupils by building positive and respectful relationships. I am sure I have made it veryContinue reading “Don’t judge a book by its cover, or David by his trainers”

How do you help a girl in the water? – Girls’ friendship issues

Several years ago my school were having numerous issues with girls’ friendships. Barely a day went by without at least one girl upset due to either falling out with their friends or another girl being unkind to them. One of our Heads of Year came to us with a programme she had found called ‘GirlsContinue reading “How do you help a girl in the water? – Girls’ friendship issues”

Restorative Practice – There really is a better way!

I am sure that through reading my previous posts, it is clear that I do not endorse simply punishing children. I have previously outlined that the best approaches all include listening, asking the right questions and then putting in place the support that the child needs. I believe that the most significant developments in behaviourContinue reading “Restorative Practice – There really is a better way!”

We are all pastoral leaders

When leading pastoral care in a school you need to allow all those working with children to explore and develop their own practice, much like you would do for teaching and learning. We are all professionals and responsible for the pastoral care for those we work with, and nobody likes being told they have toContinue reading “We are all pastoral leaders”

Don’t get bogged down by behaviour

This post is aimed at all working in education. Whether you are a classroom teacher, a teaching assistant or a Head of Year, as soon as you move your focus away from behaviour, and prioritise the progress and wellbeing of the children, you will find that all aspects of the learning will improve, including behaviour.Continue reading “Don’t get bogged down by behaviour”

Listen to what they have to say

Do you believe that every child is inherently good? I do and there are many reasons for a child to display negative behaviours, some of which are explored below. Firstly, behaviour is learnt. Whilst we as educators are teaching children and helping them to develop academically, we should also be helping them develop their ownContinue reading “Listen to what they have to say”