Putting the needs of children first as they grow and develop means we can agree on:
  • putting relationships, consistency, care and compassion at the head of school policies
  • responding in the first place with unconditional positive regard, knowing that children are doing their best even when it might not look like it at first
  • reconnecting behaviour with learning and good mental and physical health
  • the need for rules & reminders to provide structure for the school community but knowing their limits

We’re all included in responding to children’s needs and we’ve invented a spectrum of responses from authoritarian as one bookend to unconditional positive regard as the other.

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 exclusions as a last resort? What can provide the supportive structure when general kindness seems too loose and ineffectual and punishment control seems to be all that’s left?

Solutions Focused Coaching can provide what’s needed. It puts structure together with kindness to meet children’s needs and engage them in their learning. SF Coaching guarantees action against exclusion and a focus on staff and student wellbeing. It is an elegantly simple form of educational inquiry, powered by hopefulness and the search for success and meaning. It is disciplined, evidence informed practice, supporting mental health, inclusion and engagement as school-based, whole-school, educational, practical pastoral practice. 

What’s your next? Could it be a Solutions Focused Coaching?