Discipline and Authority in schools – a bumpy ride

Discipline and Authority in schools – a bumpy ride

Reconnecting behaviour and learning Discipline and authority in schools – a bumpy ride. When is enough enough and when is it too much? When practices run counter to what we know from recent research evidence on educating children with individual needs, differences and diversity, we need to look closely at what’s going on. From Jonathan Haidt and Pamela Paresky quoted n the Guardian recently: “ […]

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Reconnecting behaviour with learning

Reconnecting behaviour with learning

  Are behaviour and learning two different things?  Most schools for many years have been treating them as if they are, with one policy for Learning and another for Behaviour. We talk about Behaviour Management as if it were a thing, but we don’t talk about Learning Management. Instead we refer to Teaching and Learning for everything across the broad curriculum except for the bid […]

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New for 2019: online course “Solutions Focused Coaching for Students” in schools

New for 2019: online course “Solutions Focused Coaching for Students” in schools

A limited spaces online course with direct access to the author. ‘Solutions Focused Coaching for Students’ UK Pilot Online Course 2019   A partnership between Dr. Geoffrey James of Action Against Exclusion and Nick Burnett of Next Level Greatness Why take the course? Managing the behaviour of some children and young people can be difficult, time-consuming and ultimately self-defeating if the last resort is exclusion […]

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Action against exclusion – overcoming punishment logic 

Action against exclusion – overcoming punishment logic 

  I can’t remember being punished when I was little. Maybe because I wasn’t. Nursery school was stuck together with Tapwata glue and story time, primary school was open fires in the winter and playing outside in summer, with the first stirrings of maths and latin. Presumably I wasn’t in need of punishment to make me a better small person.  But secondary school was something […]

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Exclusion – what is it good for (again?)

Exclusion – what is it good for (again?)

Exclusion is a dark corner of educational practice. It’s been frequently in the news this year because supposedly high-performing schools across the country are gaming the system by excluding students who don’t jump the performance bar. One Select Committee report “Forgotten children; alternative provision and the scandal of ever increasing exclusions” shines a bright light on what’s going wrong and another Committee “The Government’s  Green […]

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Internal units are dumping grounds? Evidence of the need for change and for …. evidence

Internal units are dumping grounds? Evidence of the need for change and for …. evidence

‘Dumping grounds’ Under this headline Martin George, (6th February 2018 TES) summarised evidence presented to The Commons Education Select Committee at the second evidence session for its inquiry into alternative provision. In brief; *Internal exclusion units in schools can be misused. Professor Gillies gave evidence of units governed by school policy that specified a four to six week intervention period where students may be retained for long […]

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Feb 9 2018 Conference: Solution Focused Practice in Statutory Contexts

  Essex County Council Childrens Social Care Academy & the Divisional Based Intervention Service This first of its kind conference is being held in Colchester, Essex On Friday 9th February 2018 from 09.30am – 4.30pm The aim of the conference is to: ð  Share good practice and positive outcomes using Solution Focused Practice ð  Promote use of Solution Focused Practice in a range of contexts […]

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Exclusion – Bursting the Bubble

Reported rates of exclusion are rising inexorably, by as much as 300% in some areas of England. It’s the ‘last resort’ of the behaviour management approach most schools are advised to use. Exclusion is producing a growing strain on limited cash and resources in the education system. There is also an inevitable human cost as school staff find themselves unable to alter the behaviour of […]

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Mental health, hope and action in 2017

  “For action, we need hope. For hope, action.” New year 2016 2016 began with reports of a rising tide of mental distress among children and staff in schools, sustained and rising rates of exclusion, divergent calls for draconian action against children cast as offenders on one hand and for innovation in support of the same children in response to their needs on the other. […]

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