Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

How Do I Demonstrate Progression for a Child Showing Difficult Behaviours?

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

How Do I Demonstrate Progression for a Child Showing Difficult Behaviours?

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Tracey Lawrence, assistant headteacher and specialist leader of education in social, emotional and mental health, answers your questions on behaviour

Progress can be difficult to demonstrate when it sways outside of typical progress measures. It is hard enough showing individual progression within our assessment systems at times without the added difficulty of arguing small steps of progression.

But there are other measures of progress we can reference. Look at Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs, for example. Think about the child. Have they had their basic physiological needs met? Can we be sure?

In school, we are acting in the parental role. If your child hasn't brought their drinks bottle to school, we provide them with a drink. If we have a vulnerable group of children turning up without breakfast, we consider putting on a breakfast club. Our duties have never rested simply with teaching, so when I hear "But that's not my role" it makes me cringe, because it is.

By meeting these basic needs, you can show progress. And it's not just physiological needs. Again looking at Maslow's hierarchy, there are other building blocks required to ensure a child is ready to learn: safety and security; love and belonging, self-esteem and self-actualisation. …

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