The next few weeks will be a testing time for children moving class and moving schools. Most of them, from toddlers to teens, will come through it by finding themselves and their place, and settling into their relationships with people around them. They can look...

Discipline and authority in schools – a bumpy ride?  When is enough enough and when is it too much? When practices run counter to what we know from recent research evidence on educating children with individual needs, differences and diversity, we need to look closely at...

Exclusion. Defined by the behaviour that can be seen, attributed to hidden defects, moved away. Dr Shawn Ginwright’s 2018 article ‘The future of healing; shifting from trauma informed care to healing centred engagement’ (see footnote) discusses changes over the last 30 years in our approach to...

Reconnecting behaviour and learning Discipline and authority in schools - a bumpy ride. When is enough enough and when is it too much? When practices run counter to what we know from recent research evidence on educating children with individual needs, differences and diversity, we...

  Are behaviour and learning two different things?  Most schools for many years have been treating them as if they are, with one policy for Learning and another for Behaviour. We talk about Behaviour Management as if it were a thing, but we don’t talk about Learning...

  I can’t remember being punished when I was little. Maybe because I wasn’t. Nursery school was stuck together with Tapwata glue and story time, primary school was open fires in the winter and playing outside in summer, with the first stirrings of maths and latin. Presumably...

Exclusion is a dark corner of educational practice. It’s been frequently in the news this year because supposedly high-performing schools across the country are gaming the system by excluding students who don’t jump the performance bar. One Select Committee report "Forgotten children; alternative provision and...