Essex County Council Childrens Social Care Academy & the Divisional Based Intervention Service This first of its kind conference is being held in Colchester, Essex On Friday 9th February 2018 from 09.30am – 4.30pm The aim of the conference is to: ð  Share good practice and positive outcomes using Solution...

Exclusion is a dark corner of educational practice. It’s in the news this week because supposedly high-performing schools across the country are gaming the system by excluding students who don’t jump the performance bar. This isn’t new news. I’ve seen it happening at first hand...

Reported rates of exclusion are rising inexorably, by as much as 300% in some areas of England. It’s the ‘last resort’ of the behaviour management approach most schools are advised to use. Exclusion is producing a growing strain on limited cash and resources in the education...

  "For action, we need hope. For hope, action." New year 2016 2016 began with reports of a rising tide of mental distress among children and staff in schools, sustained and rising rates of exclusion, divergent calls for draconian action against children cast as offenders on one hand...

With thanks to Claire Owens and Paul Fragle at Christ's Hospital school in Lincoln of their clear thinking and hard work for writing this SF inclusion policy. They attended the SF coaching two-day course in July this year and during the course could be seen...

JULY 29, 2016 | SUE PIMLOTT For the last year or so, I have become a bit disillusioned with teaching; saddened at the focus on testing and the moving of the goalposts again and again. Children appear to have become units of data rather than individuals...

It's only a few weeks since we were all together in training, thinking through the new ideas that Solutions Focused coaching brings to our work and the practice of SF coaching. Some people made an immediate start, putting the ideas into practice in school, for...

Cats and pigeons When children misbehave the automatic response in most schools is to press the ‘On’ button of the Behaviour Management Machine. Start small, reminders and consequences, setting the boundaries. Focus on the bad behaviour, try to put a stop to it. It if works,...

End of the school year and time to tidy things away, ready for a new start in September. We’ve got so used to putting things in boxes it’s become a habit and when you’ve got a habit you’re on autopilot, no questions asked. Economical, fast, requires...