Behavioural, Emotional and Social Skills

Page updated on: 03/10/2022

Children and young people may experience problems with behaviour for a period of time in their school life, for a range of different reasons. These problems can disrupt  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 the school help?

Where schools work to promote positive behaviour, these problems can be reduced and even prevented. However, each child/young person and each school is different, and some children/young people 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 year 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/young person’s behaviour, emotions or social skills, the ALNCo might ask for advice from an Educational and Child Psychologist.

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