Behavioural, Emotional and Social Skills

Page updated on: 21/01/2021

Children may experience problems with behaviour for a period of time in their school life, for a range of different reasons. These problems can disrupt a child’s learning and well-being. They can affect others’ learning and well-being. It is in everyone’s interest to try different things, to minimise the impact on learning.

How will my child's school help develop their social, emotional and behavioural skills?

Where schools work to promote positive behaviour, these problems can be reduced and even prevented. However, each child and each school is different, and some children will need more help to manage their difficulties.

Schools should have:

  • A whole school behaviour management policy which is used consistently by all staff.
  • A whole school anti-bullying policy which is used consistently by all staff.

They might also use some of these approaches:

  • Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) in the curriculum, across the school.
  • Playground peacemakers (Primary) and peer mediation (Secondary).
  • Thinking detectives – small group work for early years (up to yr 4).
  • Circle time.
  • Social skills programmes, e.g. Talkabout. 
  • Positive Play (Primary) or Positive Support (Secondary).
  • School based counsellors.
  • Nurture classes.

If school is very concerned about a child’s behaviour, emotions or social skills, the SENCo might ask for advice from an Educational and Child Psychologist.

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