Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Supporting pupils’ emotional needs

Understanding how to support a child to develop emotionally can have a positive impact on academic success as well as self esteem, resilience and levels of happiness. Grasping the idea that a pupil’s emotional age can be very different from their chronological age is the first step to providing this support according to Lucy Barnes, Headteacher at Beech Lodge School in Berkshire.

Before I began at Beech Lodge, I worked as a headteacher at a mainstream primary school with a high proportion of children with additional needs. One day I noticed that the same group of children had been sent to my office for being “naughty” (yet again) and I realised our approach simply wasn’t working. 

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