When the Adults Change, Everything Changes: Seismic shifts in school behaviour
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Exclusion and withdrawal don’t teach the lessons we want them to learn. With the best intentions, we risk seeding our society with young people who still have no respect and no gratitude.” Children need to be taught and retaught expected behaviours. This is critical in a secondary school where children are moving between teachers. In a primary school, as children move between activities and environments, it is no less important. It might be comforting to think that we reach a certain age and suddenly know how to behave. The reality is that there is no such age.”
You can land a sanction with a hard edge or you can land a sanction with an immediate reminder of the child’s previous good behaviour. Done well, with good timing and perfect tone, there is a little magic here.”When the Adults Change Everything Changes was a silver winner 2017 Foreword INDIES Awards in the Education category. When the Adults Change Everything Changes was a silver winner 2017 Foreword INDIES Awardsin the Education category.
I credit the transformation Thistley Hough with our drive to re-establish the ethos and culture of the school. We needed to take the time to remember why we do what we do. Building strong relationships amongst staff and with pupils and parents allowed us to ensure that teachers could teach and learners could learn. We are now the most improved school in Stoke-on-Trent, in the top 25 per cent of the country for progress, and have gone from special measures to ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features.I pride myself on being somebody with a decent level of emotional intelligence, but this book made me cringe thinking of some of my own behaviours and patterns. It forced me to reflect on things that I do and things that I don’t do. In the short time since reading this book, it has already made me a better principal, and in the process, a better human.