How do you structure kindness in schools?
We all agree on the need to connect relationship, engagement and mental health in schools.
We all agree on the need for rules, reminders, relationships, consistency, care and compassion.
We all claim to respond to needs in some way.
We all rely on teaching rules with reminders.
We’re all included in responding to children’s needs and as a profession we’ve invented a spectrum of responses from zero-tolerance to unconditional positive regard.
But what do we do next, if what we are doing already fails to meet the needs of individual children and the school community as a whole and we turn to the range of exclusions as our last resort? What can provide the supportive structure when kindness fails and punishment seems to be all that’s left?
Solutions Focused Coaching provides structured kindness. It is an elegantly simple form of educational inquiry, built on strengths and successes, powered by hopefulness and the search for meaning. It is disciplined, evidence informed practice, supporting mental health, inclusion and engagement. It fulfils the essential criteria for school-based, whole-school, educational, practical and practicable practice.
What’s your next? Could you become Solutions Focused?