The natural connection between one person and another means we can agree on:
  • the need to connect relationship, engagement and mental health and the behaviour of children in schools
  • the need for rules, reminders to provide structure for the school community
  • putting relationships, consistency, care and compassion at the head of school policies
  • claiming to respond to the needs of children and young people in some way
  • relying on the need to teach rules and help children with reminders

We’re all included in responding to children’s needs and as a profession 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 the range of exclusions as our 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 offers a unique way to put structure together with kindness to meet children’s needs and engage them in learning. SF Coaching guarantees action against exclusion in favour of staff and student wellbeing. 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 pastoral practice. 

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