Exclusions are increasing in number, meaning that more and more students are unable to work within the current system. Sonia Blandford reports on a programme at Lyng Hall School that is turning circumstances around for students at risk of exclusion, implementing interventions that work.
Helping children understand and reframe difficult emotions can go a long way to building resilience and countering unwanted behaviours. Janet Rose and Louise Gilbert share a powerful technique for helping both young people and adults improve their emotional intelligence.
Wendy Casson, head of the largest PRU in the UK, describes how trying to understand the root causes of the presenting behavioural problems in emerging younger children has led to a huge drop in school exclusions.
Dr Rebecca Johnson’s work as a child psychologist convinced her that if parents had space to step back and observe their children, and have some structured guidance to help with reflection, it would allow them to dramatically improve their relationships. She devised an online course to do just that, and its having a big impact.
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.
Testing boundaries may be a normal part of growing up, but many forms of risk-taking behaviours pose serious dangers to young people’s health and well-being. Simon Legrand reports on a new programme which aims to help teenagers understand and mitigate the risks they face in everyday life.
Karen Cromarty explains the role of counselling in schools and gives advice on how this vital service can be provided.
To combat bullying we really need to understand what it is and the role school culture has in sustaining or diminishing it, writes Professor Sonia Blandford.