The School Behaviour Secrets Podcast

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Are you a teacher, a SENCo or a school leader?

Want research-backed strategies for supporting students who find it hard to manage their emotions or behaviour? Want practical ways of supporting pupils with special needs like autism, ADHD, FASD or attachment disorder? Want tried-and-tested classroom management strategies that will work with that 'tricky class'?

Then you're in the right place.

Welcome to the School Behaviour Success podcast where we'll answer ALL these questions and so much more! Week after week, your hosts Simon Currigan and Emma Shackleton share the secrets to behaviour success that every teacher and school leader should know, all based on their decades of experience supporting real teachers and real students in real classrooms.

But that's not all... We also interview thought leaders from the world of education so you can hear NEW insights that could hold the key to unlocking your students' potential. Whether it's managing the whole class, helping kids with behavioural SEN, or whole school strategy - we've got you covered.

Are you in? Brilliant. Because this is YOUR CHANCE to get unstuck, hear from the experts, feel inspired and start seeing more positive behaviour in your classroom again. So hit that subscribe button... and let's get started!

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How To Write A Successful Pupil Regulation Plan

Are you working with students who frequently get dysregulated in school, lose control of their emotions, and find it hard to use agreed strategies for sustained behaviour change?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we uncover the core elements of effective regulation plans. From identifying triggers to rehearsing new behaviours, learn practical strategies that foster self-regulation and academic success.

Essentials: Practical Applications Of Virtual Reality For Reducing Pupil Anxiety

Imagine a classroom where students step into virtual worlds to learn essential social skills and prepare for life's challenges. This vision is becoming a reality through the power of virtual reality (VR).

In our latest podcast episode, Ange Anderson, headteacher of an innovative special school in Wales, discusses how VR technology is reshaping educational practices.

Join us as we explore how VR can help prepare young people for real life situations and how technology can make life in school easier for everyone.

ADHD in Focus: Strategies for Classroom Success With Abby Moehringer

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we ask: What are the most effective strategies for helping students with ADHD in the classroom?

Our guest, ADHD expert Abby Moehringer, shares practical ideas, tips, and strategies to help students with ADHD get on top of strong emotions and stay regulated in class. Tune in as we explore proactive approaches that you can implement today!

Essentials: Pro Regulation - Helping Students Understand And Manage Their 'Big' Emotions

Are you supporting children who frequently lose self-control when faced with big emotions like anger and anxiety?

In this Essentials episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we introduce the concept of pro regulation - a proactive approach to emotional management. Learn how to help your students recognise and act on their feelings before they escalate, ensuring a calmer and more controlled classroom environment.

Autistic And OK (With Joss Lambert and Lily Ashby)

We want our schools to be welcoming, inclusive places where everyone feels okay about being in school. But for many autistic pupils, that isn't the case. So how do we help?

That's the focus for this episode of the School Behaviour Secrets podcast, where we join Josh Lambert and Lily Ashby from the Autistic And OK Programme. They explain the challenges faced by neurodiverse students and what schools can do to help autistic pupils feel accepted and understood.

Essentials: Recognising The Differences Between Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome (PDA) can look similar, but they're actually very different.

In this Essentials Episode of School Behaviour Secrets we explore key differences between ODD and PDA, because understanding these conditions is crucial so you can adopt the correct strategies to provide effective pupil support.

How Social Scripts Can Transform Pupil Behaviour (With Sue Larkey)

Are you searching for effective ways to support students who struggle with social interactions? Social scripts could be the game-changer you've been looking for!

In this week's episode of School Behaviour Secrets we sit down with guest expert, Sue Larkey. Discover how tailored scripts can help students navigate social interactions effectively, foster independence and confidence, and create a supportive environment for neurodiverse learners.

Essentials: Understanding the Significance of "Masking" Behaviour in Classroom Settings

Many kids with autism become experts at "masking" their true feelings and needs. This can be helpful in the short term, but over time, it can leave them feeling drained and exhausted.

So, if you're ready to find out more about supporting children with masking behaviours, then join us for the latest School Behaviour Secrets podcast.

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) - What Teachers And Parents Need To Know (With Tiffany Voigt)

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we explore Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) with Tiffany Voigt, experienced speech and language pathologist from eLuma.

We cover the hidden challenges faced by students with DLD, and how these affect their learning and behaviour. Discover why early intervention and targeted support are crucial, and learn practical strategies so you can support students with DLD effectively.

Essentials: Reduce Bullying By Building A Positive School Culture (With Alex Holmes)

Are you looking for ways to empower your students to stand up against bullying?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we sit down with Alex Holmes, Deputy CEO of the Diana Award and Vice Chair of the National Anti-Bullying Alliance, to explore innovative strategies for student involvement in anti-bullying initiatives.

Creative Approaches To Help Children Experiencing Sadness (With Clare Williams)

In this week's episode of School Behaviour Secrets we explore how to support pupils who are experiencing long term persistent feelings of sadness with our guest Clare Williams (co-author and co-creator of Jigsaw PSHE, and author of the Hamish and Milo well-being resources).

We discuss the crucial role adults play in supporting students experiencing feelings of sadness, and share invaluable insights into fostering compassionate relationships and creating safe havens where students feel seen, heard, and understood.

Essentials: Understanding The Science Behind ADHD Medication With Dr. Walt Karniski

Deciding whether to medicate your child for ADHD is hard. How can you be sure it's the right call?

This week on the School Behaviour Secrets podcast, we tackle this critical question with developmental paediatrician and author Dr. Walt Karniski. Together we discuss common myths about ADHD medication and explain how these treatments affect the brain to help you make a more informed choice for your child's well-being.

Using The PACE Approach For Effective Behaviour Management

Are you working with pupils with a history of trauma in your classroom and their behaviour is often heightened, unpredictable, and difficult to manage? Are you ready to try a different approach?

This week we explore a strategy for managing confrontations with students displaying challenging behaviour known as PACE. Developed by Dan Hughes in America, PACE is all about building empathy and relationships to help kids learn to regulate and function successfully in school.

Quick-Fire Strategies: The De-Escalation Danger Zone

If you've ever found yourself in a situation where you have to de-escalate a heightened student, you'll know that it's hard work, it's super stressful for everyone.

In this episode I'm going to talk through 3 key de-escalation concepts (the anger cycle, the de-escalation danger zone, and the valley of despair) that are essential to know for helping heightened pupils get back on top of their emotions.

Essentials: Understanding Children With Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA)

In the past, children who struggle to attend school have been described as 'school refusers,' implying that their behaviour stems from wilfulness. But is it time to rethink this perspective and explore other underlying causes?

Join us as Jerricah Holder delves into the concept of Emotionally Based School Avoidance. She'll reveal why this way of looking at school refusal can be more insightful, uncovering the real reasons behind school avoidance so that strategies to support these children are more likely to be effective.

Using The Boxall Profile To Shape Social, Emotional and Mental Health Support In Schools (With Arti Sharma)

Are you searching for ways to support your students' social, emotional, and mental health needs in the classroom? Or have you put interventions in place to support a child and you need a way of systematically assessing whether they're having an impact?

Then join us today as we sit down with Arti Sharma from Nurture UK to discuss how the Boxall Profile can be used in schools to identify underlying SEMH needs, track progress and unlock student potential.

Essentials: Unlocking Potential - Strategies to Overcome Work Refusal in the Classroom

Are you working with a pupil who just won't complete their work? Then it's time to start thinking about what could be behind their reluctance.

As teachers, deciphering these signals is crucial to offering effective support in getting pupils beyond task avoidance. Join us for this episode of School Behaviour Secrets as we explore work refusal in the classroom. From understanding the signs to identifying the underlying reasons, we'll equip you with actionable strategies to support your students today.

An Emotions-Led Approach To Tackling Bullying In Schools (With Alain Pelletier)

As any educator knows, the battle against bullying is ongoing, and the moment we become complacent, cases tend to rise. But what if we could address bullying at its emotional core? In this week's episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we explore just that.

Join us with guest speaker Alain Pelletier as we discuss how to enable students to grasp the true impact of bullying and reject it on an emotional level.

Essentials: Is Mindfulness Effective In Helping Children Handle Their Emotions?

Are you looking for innovative ways to support your students' social and emotional well-being? Want to create a more inclusive and nurturing learning environment?

Join us in our latest essentials episode of School Behaviour Secrets as we explore the fundamentals of mindfulness and in particular reviewing the scientific research into its application and success with children so that you can consider its application in your classroom.

Why Kids Find It Hard To Escape Anxiety

Are you struggling to support students dealing with anxiety in your school? You're not alone. Anxiety among students is a growing concern for parents, educators and school leaders alike. It can significantly impact a student's behaviour, learning, and overall well-being.

In our latest episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we're going to explore why kids find it hard to escape anxiety and what you can do to support them.

Essentials: Creating The Right Mindset For Managing Challenging Pupils

When it comes to supporting kids with social, emotional, and mental health and behaviour needs, your mindset is everything.

Join us in this Essentials episode of School Behaviour Secrets as we uncover three crucial mindset changes that can transform your approach to supporting challenging behaviour in the classroom. Discover the power of mindset in fostering a positive learning environment for all students.

Understanding Impulsive Behaviour: Strategies For Classroom Success

Have you ever wondered why some students struggle with impulsivity more than others? Are you facing challenges with managing impulsive pupil behaviour in your classroom?

Then this episode has the answers you are looking for. Join us as we sit down with expert guests Ruth Pauli and Stephane Dr Brito (researchers into impulsivity) to unravel the mysteries behind impulsive behaviour in the classroom.

Essentials: What Really Drives ADHD Behaviour? Exploring The Science With Jeff Copper

Have you ever felt puzzled by the challenges that students with ADHD face in the classroom or wondered why children with ADHD seem to struggle with tasks that others find simple?

In this week's episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we dive deep into the topic of ADHD with expert guest speaker - Jeff Copper. Discover the neuroscience behind ADHD behaviors, explore practical strategies for supporting ADHD learners and gain valuable insights to create a more inclusive learning environment.

How To Improve Lunchtime Behaviour

Are you searching for ways to improve lunchtime experiences for pupils and staff in your school?

Join us in this week's episode of School Behaviour Secrets as we uncover essential strategies for transforming lunchtime behaviour so that you can make lunchtimes enjoyable for all.

Essentials: Strategies For Reducing Low Level Classroom Disruption

Low level classroom disruption hinders both teaching and learning, and creates unnecessary classroom stress on a daily basis. So what can you do about it?

In our latest School Behaviour Secrets podcast we explore key classroom management techniques to tackle this familiar problem head on, providing practical tips to help you manage classroom disruption with confidence.

Avoid These 7 Deadly Classroom Management Sins: They Lead To Instant Behaviour Failure

Have you ever felt like you're constantly battling to maintain order in your classroom? Are you working with a tricky class and it feels like nothing you do seems to work?

For our special 200th episode of School Behaviour Secrets we share what we believe are the 7 deadly sins of classroom management - the pitfalls you should avoid at all costs in order to improve student behaviour in your classroom.

Quick-Fire Strategies: How To Reduce Attention-Seeking Behaviour In Class

If you're working with students who present with attention seeking behaviours in school, or maybe you're a parent and you're seeing that pattern of behaviour at home, then this episode of School Behaviour Secrets is for you.

We'll look at why the term attention seeking might be unhelpful both for the child and the adult, and we'll share three different ways of thinking about behaviour so that we can find useful strategies to support them.

Quick-Fire Strategies: How To Use Reward Charts Effectively

Do you feel overwhelmed by the complexities of classroom behaviour? Are you looking for a straightforward approach to behaviour management?

Sometimes, applying a simple strategy in the early days when a child is presenting with difficult or challenging behaviour is absolutely the right thing to do.

And reward charts could be the tool you need. Listen in to find out more.

Essentials: Three Key Strategies To Improve Classroom Behaviour

Ever wondered how successful teachers maintain a purposeful classroom?

In today's episode we share 3 actionable hacks for enhancing whole class behaviour. Transform your teaching approach today and watch your students become more focussed, engaged and positively behaved.

Why Classroom Punishments (And Zero Tolerance Strategies) Stop Working

Are some of your pupils stuck in a never-ending cycle of negative behaviour? Does it feel like your classroom consequences are failing to have an impact?

Then it's time for a change. Join us as we explore the concept of punishment within the classroom, its limitations in behaviour management, and what you need to be aware of in order to foster positive student behaviour.

Essentials: Supporting Children Through Bereavement And Grief In Schools

The death of a close family member can deeply affect a student's emotional well-being, leaving educators wondering how to create a supportive environment for students experiencing grief.

In the latest Essentials episode of School Behaviour Secrets we join Justine Wilson from the Edward's Trust to discuss practical approaches for teachers and school staff to effectively address grief in the classroom.

Discover The Transformative Power Of Music For Pupils With SEMH Needs! (With Henry Walker-Brown)

Are you working with kids who are disengaged, lack confidence, opt out, lack social skills, or are on the verge of exclusion?

In this episode we sit down with Henry Walker-Brown (from Noise Academy) to explore the transformative power of music for pupils with SEMH needs in schools.

Henry shares his insights on using music to empower students, foster social skills and enhance emotional well-being in the classroom.

Essentials: Making sense of Classroom Behaviour

Are you struggling to understand why some students consistently exhibit challenging behaviour in the classroom?

In this week's episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we explore the four main behaviour types and uncover the reasons why some kids seem to make poor choices repeatedly.

From emotional responses to automatic behaviours, we explore how stress influences decision making and offer actionable strategies for effective classroom management.

How To Support Pupils To Improve Attendance In Your School.

Are you struggling with attendance challenges in your school?

Attendance plays a crucial role in a student's academic success and overall well-being. But what strategies can you implement to address attendance issues effectively?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we tackle the topic of attendance head-on, sharing with you 6 areas that fuel school avoidance and explaining what you can do to help your pupils overcome them.

Essentials: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) - A Guide For Teachers

Welcome to another episode of School Behaviour Secrets!

Have you ever wondered about that one child in every class who seems to challenge authority at every turn? Well, they might be affected by Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or ODD. But what exactly does it mean when a child is diagnosed with ODD? And how do you support them?

Join us as we explore how Oppositional Defiant Disorder impacts students in the classroom, what behaviours teachers might observe, and most importantly, the strategies available to support these pupils. Stay tuned for valuable insights and practical tips on navigating ODD in educational settings.

Supporting Students' Social, Emotional And Mental Health Needs In The Early Years

Are you facing challenges in supporting young learners' social, emotional, and mental health needs in the Early Years classroom?

In this week's episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we tackle some of the pressing issues educators encounter in early years education.

Join us as we share five key areas to focus on in EYFS settings that can make a significant impact on children's social, emotional and mental health needs.

Essentials: Key Classroom Management Strategies To Transform Pupil Behaviour (With Rob Plevin)

Are you a teacher looking for effective classroom management strategies that promote positive behaviour and student success?

Join us as we dive deep into this question with Rob Plevin, a renowned authority in the field of classroom management. In this bite sized episode of School Behaviour Secrets, Rob unveils the secrets behind creating a conducive learning environment and shares actionable techniques to encourage positive behaviour among students.

Navigating Neurodiversity In The Classroom (With Frances Akinde)

Are schools ready for neuro-inclusive learning environments? What practical strategies can you take to make your schools welcoming and successful for all of your students?

In this insightful episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we're joined by neurodiversity advocate and educator, Frances Akinde. Together, we explore the intricate world of neurodiversity in schools. What are the hidden challenges faced by neurodivergent students, and how do they affect their learning experiences? Frances sheds light on practical strategies for creating inclusive classrooms where every student can thrive.

Essentials: How To Support Students Affected By ACEs And Trauma (With Rebecca Brooks)

Working with pupils affected by ACEs or a history of trauma and you're not sure how to support them? Or maybe you're working with two pupils from the same family, where one child is presenting explosive behaviour - yet their brother or sister seems okay?

In this Essentials episode, you'll learn from attachment- and trauma-expert Rebecca Brooks, who explains exactly how adverse childhood experiences affect your students' emotions and behaviour, and reveals the power of positive adult relationships to help them succeed in school.

How To Set Up A Successful SEND Hub In Your School

Are you grappling with the challenge of effectively supporting students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in your school?

In our latest episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we dive deep into the topic of creating thriving SEND support hubs within educational settings, exploring the critical components of successful SEND hubs and how to implement them in your school.

Quick-Fire Strategies: Reducing Exclusion Rates for SEMH Students

Are exclusion and suspension rates among SEMH students causing concern in your school?

In our latest quick-fire episode of School Behaviour Secrets we consider what we actually mean by exclusion, the effects this can have on the life chances of our students and what we can begin to do to try to support students with SEMH in order to avoid exclusion.

Essentials: Rethinking Behaviour Charts - How Effective Are They Really?

Today we ask what your thoughts are on behaviour charts. Do you think that they're effective in recognising and nurturing good behaviour? Or do you question their impact on students with behavioural special needs?

Join us as we explore potential pitfalls and learn how to use behaviour charts effectively for more positive student outcomes.

Demand Avoidance Or PDA? Insights For Educators

Are you working with children who constantly avoid tasks and resist demands either at home or in the classroom?

If you are, then it's important to understand the difference between regular demand or task avoidance (something that all children engage with from time to time) and pathological demand avoidance (PDA).

From understanding the underlying causes to implementing effective strategies, discover tools to turn resistance into collaboration and learning.

Essentials: EFT Tapping - A Simple Technique To Help Children Manage Their Emotions (With Deborah Miller)

EFT tapping could be the solution that you need to help your pupils learn to handle their emotions and stress in a way that leaves them feeling calm, grounded and ready to learn.

Tune in as we interview Deborah Miller, a renowned EFT expert, to explore the power of tapping and its potential to create a calm, centered learning environment for both teachers and students.

Supporting Social And Emotional Learning Through Effective After School Programmes With Lauren Sanchez Gilbert

Curious about the factors that can truly transform students' learning experiences after school hours?

In our most recent School Behaviour Secrets podcast, we met with Lauren Sanchez Gilbert to explore the ways in which effective after school programmes can support students' social and emotional development and develop character strengths so that they experience more life success and grow more resilient.

Essentials: The Invisible Struggle - Recognising Social Anxiety As A Trigger For Classroom Behaviour

Understanding the reasons why certain pupils appear unresponsive to our behaviour strategies can sometimes be challenging. Learning to look for underlying difficulties is essential in order to prevent behaviours from continuing or even increasing.

In this Essentials Episode we dive into the world of social anxiety, offering guidance on how to recognise the signs, fostering empathy, and implementing supportive measures to enhance overall classroom well-being.

Four Key SEMH Takeaways And Strategies To Focus On In 2024

Are you working with students who get dysregulated easily, have difficulty learning social and emotional skills or learning from their past behaviour? But do you feel confused about where to start and what strategies to try?

If you answered yes, then join us for our special 3rd birthday edition of School Behaviour Secrets?. To celebrate we're going to share four of our key takeaways from the last 12 months of interviews, to give you key SEMH insights and strategies that you can focus on in your classrooms in 2024.

Remember - four strategies done really well are worth way more than ten strategies that you can't implement because you can't remember them!

Essentials: Interactive Whiteboards In The Classroom - Friend Or Foe?

Have you ever considered the impact of the regular use of interactive whiteboards on your students' learning? Does it actually enhance pupil engagement or is it really turning them off?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we explore the impact of technological advances on classroom dynamics, and gain insights into what we can do to maintain a healthy balance to keep students actively engaged in the digital age.

The Story Exchange Model: Nurturing Emotional And Social Connections In Schools with Sean McGrath

Are you looking for solutions to help you develop stronger social and emotional connections between the pupils in your school? Do you want to develop a sense of community and belonging?

Join us in this episode with Sam McGrath, a leading expert in narrative alchemy, as we explore the transformative power of the Story Exchange Model. Learn how this structured approach allows students to connect on a deeper level, promoting empathy and understanding, fostering genuine relationships.

Essentials: Transforming Lunchtime Playground Behaviour with Therese Hoyle

Are you looking for ways to improve student behaviour at lunchtimes and develop their social and emotional skills in a way that is immediate and effective?

In this Essentials Episode of School Behaviour Secrets we join Therese Hoyle, one of the UK's leading trainers on improving playtime and lunchtime behaviour, to explore strategies that can revolutionise your playground experience and empower lunchtime supervisors.

Three Essential Steps To Boost Student Motivation

Do the pupils you work with lack motivation? Do they seem disengaged with their learning or lose interest in tasks quickly?

Discover three crucial teaching elements in this episode of School Behaviour Secrets that can transform your lessons into motivational learning experiences for all your students. Boost your teaching toolkit and empower your students for success today!

Quick-Fire Strategies: A Different Way To Measure SEMH Progress

Are you working with pupils with SEMH needs? Do their targets feel unrealistic and unachievable? Do you feel like you are making no progress?

Then start the New Year with a positive mindset that will change the way you measure progress for your children with SEMH targets and help you to recognise your successes.

Quick-Fire Strategies: Behaviour Plans Or SEN Plans - Which Is Best?

Are you questioning whether to implement behaviour plans or SEN plans to support your pupils effectively?

Join us as we unravel the differences between the two approaches and discover the key to a more effective and holistic support system for your students' social, emotional and mental health needs.

Essentials: Empathy Matters - A Guide For Educators!

Do the children you work with seem to lack empathy? Is this affecting their ability to handle social interactions? How do you even begin to teach them this key skill?

Join us on School Behaviour Secrets as we discuss the complexities of teaching empathy to children who may lack the neural circuitry for deeper understanding. Explore workaround strategies, the importance of labeling emotions, and practical tips to foster a more empathetic school environment.

How To Reduce Shouting Out At Whole Class Time

Are your classroom interventions falling flat when it comes to shouting out? Are some of your students reluctant to participate while others dominate conversations and drain the pace of your lessons?

Join us in this episode as we dissect possible underlying causes and give you strategy after strategy, enabling you to respond effectively for a respectful and more engaged learning environment.

Essentials: How To Recognise and Support Pupils Affected By Trauma

If you are supporting a pupil who finds it difficult to manage their emotions, struggles to focus and seems to over-react to situations, then they may be affected by early childhood trauma.

Join us for this episode of School Behaviour Secrets as we explore the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on a pupil's emotional well-being and discuss the vital role of relationships in helping them to cope with their emotions.

Ready to make a difference in a child's life? Tune in now!

LIFEMORTS: The Hidden Forces That Drive Student Anger

Have you ever wondered why some students flare up in anger seemingly out of nowhere? Or is the word 'no' sparking unexpected anger in your pupils?

Join us in this episode of School Behaviour Secrets as we uncover the evolutionary triggers behind classroom anger. From ancient social hierarchy to the modern classroom, we'll explore the fascinating world of LIFEMORTS and explain how an understanding of the psychological roots of anger can shape a more supportive school.

Essentials: 24/7 Connectivity - The Impact of Social Media on Children's Well-being

Are you worried about the impact of social media on your students? Are you struggling to find practical steps that you can take to support them emotionally?

In this Essentials episode our guest speaker, Claire Orange (expert and author on social and emotional learning), sheds light on the addictive nature of online platforms and shares essential strategies for teachers to guide students through the digital age.

The Untold Challenges Of Providing Effective SEMH Support In schools (With Abigail Hawkins)

Are you seeing more and more pupils with high social, emotional and behavioural needs in your school? And are you feeling demoralised trying to navigate the challenges faced in providing effective support?

School Behaviour Secrets is back with another insightful episode, and this time, we're delving into the top three challenges faced by schools in providing effective SEMH support. Get ready for an engaging conversation with Abigail Hawkins, from SENsible SENCO, that could transform your approach to SEMH in your school.

From Conflict to Connection - The Transformative Power of Restorative Practice In Schools With Sara Hagel

Curious about the outcomes of effective restorative practice in schools?

Join us as Sara Hagel, a specialist in restorative approaches, shares real-life success stories. In this episode, we discuss the positive changes in students' emotional intelligence and relationships when restorative practice is done well. Get ready for inspiring examples and tangible results.

Proactive Approaches To Anger Management In Schools With Nicola S. Morgan

If you are working with kids with anger difficulties, then you do not want to miss this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, featuring Nicola S Morgan (an expert in anger management).

Join us in this episode of School Behaviour Secrets for practical insights and a step-by-step guide to reshape the way we approach anger management with students. Learn from real-life success stories and gain valuable strategies to help your kids get on top of their emotions.

Essentials: Understanding The Impact of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder On Student Behaviour

Have you ever wondered about the hidden challenges students with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) face in the classroom?

Join us in this Essentials episode where we investigate the science behind FASD, exploring its impact on behavior and learning, and providing you with the essential strategies you will need to support affected students. Ready to create an inclusive learning environment for students with FASD? Discover the answers here!

The Power of Understanding: Recognising Underlying Needs In Autistic Girls with Nicola Durant

How well do you really understand the experiences of autistic girls in your classroom?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, join us as we tackle this important topic with expert insights from Nicola Durant. From anxiety triggers to support strategies, we uncover the nuances that often go unnoticed. Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by autistic girls in the classroom so that you can create an inclusive educational environment.

Essentials: Melatonin Matters - How Sleep Chemistry Shapes Student Behaviour

Sometimes it can be challenging to work out why certain pupils are unresponsive to our behaviour support strategies or display unpredictable behaviours from day to day.

In this Essentials episode, we explore the often-overlooked connection between sleep and behaviour. Join us as we explore strategies for healthier sleep patterns, enhancing a child's ability to regulate their emotions for a well-rested and happier classroom.

Transforming Mindsets: Cultivating Resilience In Students With Kate Parish

Are you seeking effective ways to shape resilient mindsets in your students?

Then join us as we explore the transformative impact of mindset teaching in our latest episode of School Behaviour Secrets, with our guest Kate Parish. Discover science-backed strategies to influence your teaching and empower children to manage their own thoughts and emotions, and navigate classroom challenges with resilience and determination.

Why Anger Management Programmes Fail

Are your anger management programmes failing to have an impact on the kids you teach?

Join us in this Essentials episode as we uncover critical elements that can transform your school's approach to delivering anger management intervention so that you can really see a difference.

From Burnout To Brilliance: Strategies For School Leaders With Suneta Bagri and Catherine Hulme

Are you or your colleagues struggling to cope with the stress and challenges of working in a school? Are you reaching burnout?

In this thought provoking interview, Suneta Bagri and Catherine Hulme reveal strategies to ignite a well-being revolution in schools and empower leaders to create positive change.

Quick-Fire Strategies: Meltdowns Or Tantrums? What's Really Happening

Are you working with children who experience meltdowns or tantrums, and are unsure how to support them?

Join me as I explore the key differences between meltdowns and tantrums, so that you can use the right response at the right time and put in strategies to prevent them in the first place.

Essentials: Rewards And Their Impact On Pupil Motivation

Are rewards really effective in the classroom?

In this thought-provoking episode, we take a critical look at the use of rewards in education. We discuss the potential pitfalls and how rewards can lose their impact over time. Find out how to use reward systems wisely to support your students' growth and development and increase motivation.

Practical Strategies For Reconnecting Disengaged Students with Dr. Emir Cruz Fernandez

Are you searching for effective ways to engage your students, increase their motivation and enhance their classroom experience?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, Dr. Emir Cruz Fernández reveals the art of connecting through active listening and the impact it has on student well-being and classroom behaviour. Learn practical strategies for fostering genuine connections in your classroom.

Essentials: Understanding The Anger Cycle - The Secret To De-escalation

Knowing how to effectively manage students' fight, flight, or freeze responses in the classroom can be tricky.

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets we explore the biological changes that drive these reactions and reveal strategies that you can use to approach de-escalation calmly and in control.

How To Teach Students The Art Of Conflict Management with Monica Davis

The Key to Successful Conflict Resolution in Schools.

Join us for an insightful conversation with Monica Davis, an advocate for proactive conflict resolution strategies. Explore the power of roleplay in preparing students to handle conflicts effectively. Monica shares practical advice on developing conflict resolution skills that students can apply in real-life situations.

Essentials: A Blueprint For Impactful Whole School Training

Ever invested time and money in whole school behaviour training for your staff - only to find it didn't have the impact you hoped it would? So it didn't result in success for your students AND the teaching staff in your school?

In this week's Essentials episode, we reveal our step-by-step blueprint for embedding effective programmes of behaviour and SEMH training in your school - in a way that empowers your staff to meet the needs of all your students.

EBSA in a Post-Pandemic World: The Building Blocks for Student Attendance

Ever wondered why some students smoothly transition back to school while others struggle with EBSA?

Join us in this episode as we reveal the essential components that can make or break your school's EBSA support system. Discover how to boost students' confidence and pave the way for their successful return to the classroom.

Essentials: Strategies for Effective Behaviour Management

Explore the powerful impact of body language on classroom behaviour.

Join us in this episode of School Behaviour Secrets as we delve into the subtle cues that can make or break your classroom dynamics. Discover how to use your body language intentionally to foster better student-teacher relationships and enhance classroom management.

Unlocking Emotional Healing Through Play Therapy with Juliette Miller

Can play therapy help children process their emotions and traumatic experiences?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we delve deep into the world of play therapy with our expert guest, Juliette Miller. Join us as we explore how play therapy empowers children to express their emotions, build connections, and foster personal growth.

Essentials: The Gratitude Effect - Boosting Resilience and Calm in the Classroom

Have you ever considered the role of gratitude in building resilience?

In this School Behaviour Secrets episode, we uncover the connection between gratitude and resilience. Explore real-life examples and practical strategies for integrating gratitude into your classroom for stronger, more resilient students and a calmer learning environment.

Revolutionising Sensory Breaks: The Cubbie Solution with David McIntyre

Are you ready to transform the way we learn and make education truly inclusive for everyone?

In this ground-breaking episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we delve into the transformative world of sensory education with Cubbie, a visionary company dedicated to revolutionising the way we learn. Join us as we explore Cubbie's innovative solutions and their profound impact on inclusive education.

Essentials: Understanding Autism - Insights for Inclusive Classrooms

Is your school ready to embrace the diverse world of your autism? To help your autistic pupils thrive and meet their potential in your classroom?

In this Essentials episode, we share the facts every teacher should know about autism and meeting the needs of your neurodiverse students - all condensed into an easy-to-listen to, 10-minute episode!

The Power of Emotional Intelligence in Education with Arsho Kalloghlian

Are teachers the key to nurturing emotional intelligence in students?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we delve into emotional intelligence with psychotherapist Arsho Kalloghlian. We explore the significance of emotional maturity, its role in helping students build positive relationships, and the lifelong advantages of emotional intelligence.

Essentials: How To Maximise The Success Of Your Behaviour Interventions

Have you ever wondered why some behaviour interventions in your school seem to work... wonders while others fall flat?

In this Essentials episode, we'll reveal the essential building blocks that can make or break your school's SEMH support programs. Get these in place, and you'll boost your students chances of success in school!

Starting Strong: Creating a Positive Classroom with the REECH Framework

Looking to start the school year on the right foot? Join us in exploring our REECH Framework-a blueprint for a thriving and purposeful classroom.

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we unveil how routines, environment, and pupil connections lay the foundations for achievement and success.

Quick-fire strategies: I've Changed My Mind on Intrinsic Motivation

Is extrinsic or intrinsic motivation more powerful in driving student success?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we explore the transformative power of intrinsic motivation in driving long-lasting behavioural change. Join us as we share our evolving perspective on motivation and uncover the secrets to unlocking students' true potential.

Quick-fire strategies: Does Chat-GPT Mean The End For Teachers?

With the advancements in AI technology, tools like chat GPT are revolutionising the way students learn and access information. But what does this mean for the role of teachers?

In this thought-provoking School Behaviour Secrets episode, we delve into the evolving world of education and ask the crucial question: Are teachers at risk of being replaced by artificial intelligence?

Quick-fire strategies: Can Visual Timetables Be Bad?

Are visual timetables the secret weapon for fostering positive behaviour in students? Join us in this episode of School Behaviour Secrets as we navigate through the fascinating dynamics surrounding visual timetables and their profound impact on student behaviour.

Discover how visual timetables have become a game-changer when it comes to supporting neurodiverse learners, reducing anxiety, and providing structure during transition times. But here's the twist - can this widely-praised strategy sometimes have a negative effect on certain pupils?

Quick-fire strategies: How Social Media Fuels Unkind Student Behaviour (And What To Do About It)

Is social media wreaking havoc in your classroom?

Join us in this enlightening episode of the School Behaviour Secrets as we delve into the profound impact of empathy, unveil the hidden dangers associated with unkind messages and uncover innovative approaches to teaching empathy in the digital age.

Quick-fire strategies: Eliminating Dead Time in the Classroom

Is 'Dead Time' secretly sabotaging your classroom? Get ready to conquer this hidden enemy and unleash your students' true potential!

Join us on this episode of School Behaviour Secrets as we dive into the mysteries of effective classroom management. Discover proven strategies to eliminate 'dead time,' reduce low-level behaviour, and create an environment where your students thrive.

Quick-fire strategies: Why Do Students Respond Differently to Similar Traumatic Events?

Ever wondered why similar traumatic events can have such different effects on the pupils we teach?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we unravel the intricate relationship between external events and internal responses and explore how our beliefs and the stories we tell ourselves impact our emotional well-being and behaviours.

Beyond Praise: Strategies for Empowering Students and Improving Classroom Behaviour

Could clear expectations be the missing piece of the behaviour jigsaw in your classroom? In this Essentials episode, we explore the often overlooked impact of fairness and clear expectations on student behaviour.

Classroom management expert Pamela Tseu unveils the power of teaching expectations using her proven five-step approach, so you can empower your students to succeed. Get ready to take your classroom management skills to the next level!

Supporting Students' Mental Health: A 10-Step Approach with Gina Nelson

How can we effectively support students with anxiety? Join us as we dive into a thought-provoking conversation with Gina Nelson, a licensed clinical social worker specialising in teen anxiety.

In this episode of Behaviour Secrets, we delve into Gina's powerful 10-step process for reducing anxiety in young people and we uncover practical techniques that empower students with essential skills in managing their emotions and pave the way for a successful future.

Essentials: How To Build Relationships with Hard-to-Reach Kids (With Kevin Hewitson)

Teaching a difficult class - or students who are disengaged from their learning? Want to motivate your students and have a set of practical steps you can take to transform classroom relationships from negative to positive?

In this bitesize episode, Kevin Hewitson reveals the significance of belonging in the classroom and how it influences student behaviour, motivation, and overall well-being. He shares practical strategies (such as allocating responsibilities, encouraging feedback, and managing the student's voice) to create a sense of belonging that increases student engagement and paves the way for academic success.

Inside a Behaviour Tactics Webinar: Unveiling Secrets for Effective Classroom Management

How can teachers effectively manage classroom behaviour and support students with complex needs?

Tune in to this exclusive episode of School Behaviour Secrets, where we take you inside one of our 'behaviour tactics webinars'. Discover the untold secrets and powerful strategies that will empower you to create a harmonious learning environment for all students (and teachers). Get ready to unlock the keys to successful classroom management!

Essentials: ADHD Explained: What Every Teacher Needs to Know

In this Essentials episode, we give you a clear and concise explanation of what ADHD is, how common it affects children, and what behaviours teachers can expect to see in the classroom from students with ADHD.

ELDR: A Simple 4 Part Framework for De-Escalation Success

What are the key components to successful de-escalation in schools?

Join us in this episode of School Behaviour Secrets as we delve into the true meaning of de-escalation, explore the physiological changes in the brain during moments of dysregulation, and unveil our brand new four-part framework for achieving effective de-escalation.

ESSENTIALS: From "I am not safe" to "I am safe": Helping Children Overcome Attachment Issues with Catherine Young

Are you aware of the impact of early relationships on student behaviour? In this Essentials episode, we sit down with attachment specialist and author Catherine Young, to explore the profound impact of attachment on children's lives and learning.

In this episode, you'll learn practical strategies for helping children develop secure attachments. and insights about the pivotal role teachers play in fostering secure attachments and promoting healthy emotional development.

Unlocking Social Skills: Exploring the Power of LEGO® Therapy with Gina Gomez de la Cuesta

Can LEGO® therapy provide a solution for neurodivergent children seeking support in social and emotional development?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we interview Gina Gomez de la Cuesta, a clinical psychologist and expert in LEGO® therapy. Together we discuss how, through collaborative LEGO® building, children can learn communication, problem-solving, and social skills.

ESSENTIALS: Unlocking The Secrets Of Successful Break Times (with Tim Davies)

Lunchtimes and playtimes can often be the spark for challenging behaviour in schools - and resolving those issues can often spill over into lesson time. So how can we encourage positive behaviour from all our students at break time?

In this essentials episode, Tim Davies shares practical steps and strategies (and cost-effective solutions) for making this happen in your school... and the positive impact you'll see on behaviour and relationships as a result.

Understanding Executive Functions: Key Skills for Success

What are executive functions and how do they affect student behaviour in school?

Small Interventions, Big Differences: Supporting Children Affected By Parental Mental Illness with Helena Kulikowska

In this Essentials episode of School Behaviour Secrets, Helena Kulikowska shares practical insights on supporting children affected by their parent's mental health.

She reveals the power of simple interventions and student-teacher empathy that can make a significant difference in their lives - and shares practical strategies that can make a profound difference for pupils affected by this issue.

Writing With Mindfulness: Nurturing Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience in Students With Laura Bean

Can combining writing with meditation and mindfulness really help students to show more self-compassion and improve their ability to understand their own emotions?

In this School Behaviour Secrets episode, we interview Educational Wellness Consultant, Laura Bean. Together, we discuss the benefits of mindfulness and how these moments can be used to support pupils with Social, Emotional Mental Health needs.

Unravelling Sensory Secrets: How Sensory Needs Impact On Behaviour and Learning (with Lindsey Biel)

In this Essentials episode, we delve into the impact of sensory issues on behaviour and learning in the classroom - and discover why sensory needs can be related to dysregulation in our pupils.

Award-winning occupational therapist Lyndsey Biel explains why addressing our students' sensory needs is key to their success - and shares practical solutions for meeting those needs in the classroom.

How To Win With SEMH Strategy And Ofsted

Schools invest considerable time, effort, and energy in supporting pupils with SEMH needs. However, the question remains: How do you ensure that this tremendous dedication is recognised?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we explore the key elements of an effective and collaborative approach to supporting children with social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) needs.

Quick-fire strategies: What If We Changed Detention So It Looked Like This?

Do you find yourself seeing the same children in detention, or kept in at playtime, over and over? And asked yourself, do the consequences we have make any difference?

In this special School Behaviour Secrets episode, we look at why consequences might be ineffective for some students - and what we could do to help our students instead.

Essentials: How To Improve Teachers' Mental Wellness (with Simon Bolger)

In this Essentials episode, Simon interviews Simon Bolger, a head teacher on a mission to start a wellbeing revolution in schools - including the mental health of teachers.

He reveals the importance of positive psychology and how middle leaders can influence their teams and start a wave of cultural change. He also explains why it's important for teachers to take personal responsibility for their own mental wellbeing.

Important links:

Learn more about Simon Bolger at his That Wellbeing Guy Facebook page.

The Hidden Obstacles to Student Engagement: A Deep Dive with Rob Plevin

Student disengagement is a growing issue in schools. But what's really causing pupils to switch off from their learning?

In this episode of School Behaviour secrets, we welcome back esteemed author and behaviour specialist, Rob Plevin. Together, we explore the factors (both internal and external) that could be causing students to feel disengaged with their learning and what you can do right now to support them.

Essentials: How To Harness The Power Of Your Students' ADHD (with Soli Lazarus)

In this Essentials episode of the School Behaviour Secrets podcast, Simon speaks with Soli Lazarus, a highly experienced mainstream primary teacher and SENCO who specialises in ADHD.

Soli discusses how we harness the talents of our pupils with ADHD in school - and how using humour, distraction, and making children feel special can be more effective than using punishments in the classroom.

What Unconscious Privilege Really Means (And The Dangers Of Making Assumptions) With Adele Bates - Part 2

Can coming from a position of privilege actually cause you to make unconscious assumptions about the pupils that you teach?

In this School Behaviour Secrets episode, we continue our interview with SEMH and behaviour specialist Adele Bates. Together, we discuss what unconscious privilege really means and how it can change how we interact with pupils.

Essentials: How To Introduce Restorative Practice Successfully (with Janine Dodds)

Restorative conversations can be a highly effective way of improving behaviour in school, but many school leaders find it difficult moving staff away from a rewards and punishments based approach towards a restorative one. So how do you get that transition right?

In this Essentials episode, head teacher Janine Dodds shares her journey implementing restorative practice in schools successfully. She explains what made restorative work in her school, the challenges she faced introducing it - and how she overcame those challenges.

What Unconscious Privilege Really Means (And The Dangers Of Making Assumptions) With Adele Bates (Part 1)

Can coming from a position of privilege actually cause you to make unconscious assumptions about the pupils that you teach?

In this School Behaviour Secrets episode, we interview SEMH and behaviour specialist, Adele Bates (our first ever returning guest). Together, we discuss what unconscious privilege really means and how it can change how we interact with pupils.

Essentials: Why Kids' Mental Health Deteriorates In Secondary School (with John Jerrim)

As children move from primary to secondary education, we know we see an increase in the number of mental health issues. But what's really causing that increase - is it to do with the change in teaching approach and style, or is there something else going on?

In this essentials episode, expert John Jerrim reveals the (surprising) reason we see more mental health needs in secondary students.

Post Incident Learning: The Power of Pupil (And Adult) Reflection With Dean Cotton

After any incident in school, opportunities to reflect (for both the pupil and adult) must be given so that everyone can move forward together.

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we interview SEMH expert, Dean Cotton. Together, we discuss the power of reflection and he reveals his systematic approach to breaking negative behaviour cycles - Post Incident Learning.

Essentials: Support Students With Parents In Prison (with James Ottley)

In this Essentials podcast episode, we explore how to support students with a parent in prison. This issue is hugely overlooked - though it's estimated to affect 312,000 children in the UK alone.

Our guest is expert James Ottley, who shares his insights on how teachers can create a supportive classroom environment and help students cope with the emotional challenges parental imprisonment.

The 5 Essential Elements To Support Pupil Mental Health And Wellbeing With Alison Waterhouse

Can a pupil really learn about emotions from watching a baby interact with their parent? Starting at the very beginning could be the answer!

In this School Behaviour Secrets episode, we interview Educational Psychotherapist, Alison Waterhouse. Together, we explore the 5 key skills needed for positive mental health and wellbeing and she discusses this unique project - Circles For Learning.

ESSENTIALS: How To Support Kids Affected By Bullying (with Bradley Davis)

In this week's essentials episode, we explore the important issue of bullying in schools and how we can support students affected by it.

Bradley Davis, mental health advocate and entrepreneur, shares his insights on how we can identify students who are being bullied, how to approach them, and how to provide them with the necessary support.

Stimming: Why It Happens and How To Support

Stimming or self-stimulating behaviours are repetitive or unusual movements (or noises) that can help some pupils manage emotions and cope with overwhelming situations.

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we explore why children stim, the links between stimming and autism and how stimming relates to a pupil's sensory needs.

Quick-fire strategies: The 'R' Word That Fuels Student Refusal

Working with students who engage in power battles, refusal or just hate being told what to do? Then you'll know it's a recipe for tension and stress in the classroom.

In this School Behaviour Secrets quickfire episode, you'll discover the 'R' word that may be fuelling their behaviour and strategies for managing pupil refusal successfully.

ESSENTIALS: How It Really Feels To Have ADHD (With John Booth)

In this essentials episode, we explore what it feels like to be a student with undiagnosed ADHD in the classroom - their challenges, their frustrations, and the emotional impact school life can bring.

In this very candid interview, John Booth reveals the truth about what it is like to be both the parent of a child with ADHD - and what how being diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in his forties changed the way he viewed his school years.

Quick-fire strategies: Ask This Powerful Question To Deal With Challenging Classroom Behaviour

If you're working with pupils who engage in classroom behaviour that's difficult to manage, it's key to address the underlying need that's driving their behaviour. That's easy to say, but harder to do.

In this special School Behaviour Secrets episode, I share one simple approach anyone can use to uncover that root cause - meaning you can use the right strategy, at the right time, to help your students overcome their social and emotional obstacles.

ESSENTIALS: Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) with Ruth Fidler

Working with pupils who refuse, engage in task avoidance or endless negotiation in class? Then it may be your pupil is affected by PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) - which is a form of autism.

In this essentials episode, Ruth Fidler explains what drives the behaviour of pupils with PDA - and how using traditional autism-friendly strategies might actually be counter-productive.

What Is Trauma Informed Practice And Why Is It Important? With Dr. Tom Brunzell

Kids who have experienced high levels of trauma can often feel threatened for no apparent reason. But what's really causing this?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we interview school leader and educational advisor, Dr. Tom Brunzell. Together, we discuss the impact that ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) can have on pupils and he reveals his 5 part framework to support pupils who have been affected by trauma.

ESSENTIALS: What Really Drives Dysregulation with Dr. Stuart Shanker

Ever wondered what really drives students to become dysregulated in school? Because if we can work out what's causing their heightened emotions then we can do something about it.

The answer is... probably not what you think it is. In this 10-minute snackable Essentials episode, we share a short clip of our interview with Dr. Stuart Shanker, who explains what really fuels dysregulation... and at what age we can teach kids to start recognising and managing their emotions.

Avoiding Burnout: Self-Care Strategies for Teachers

Working in a highly stressful teaching environment? That's going to take its toll on your mental and physical health. Stress is like a warning signal from our body telling us that something isn't quite right.

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we discuss the negative effects exposure to long term stress can have on your body and mind and we reveal our most effective strategies for managing and reducing stress.

ESSENTIALS: Teaching Students To Regulate with Leah Kuypers

If you work in education, you're probably seeing more and more dysregulated students in the classroom - and helping them to understand (and manage) strong emotions is becoming a key teaching skill.

Why Students And Teachers Are Disconnecting From Education With Don Berg

Disengaged. Burnt-out. Stressed. Does this all sound familiar? More and more pupils (and teachers) are becoming increasingly disconnected from education. But what's really causing this?

In this School Behaviour Secrets episode, we interview author & education psychology researcher, Don Berg. We discuss the real reasons why so many people are disconnecting with education, and he reveals some simple strategies you can use right now to help prevent this.

The 4 Most Important Lessons We've Learned From 100 Episodes

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to helping children. Sometimes, there can be multiple approaches to the same situation that will lead to a successful outcome.

This week on our special centenary episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we look back at the past 100 episodes and reflect on the key strategies and insights we've learned from the amazing guests we've had on our show.

Make Your School Values Have Impact With Esther Cohen

In order to maintain a positive and meaningful school culture, it's essential that the school's core values are reflected in pupil behaviour, attitudes and their learning.

In this episode of School Behaviour secrets, we interview educator and therapeutic life coach Esther Cohen. She discusses the delicate balance between emotional development and academic progress and she reveals how she was able to embed meaningful values in a unique faith-based school setting that she works in.

Quick-fire strategies: Frustrated by student refusal? This mindset shift is a game-changer.

Working with students who refuse to follow instructions or to do their work? Then you'll know how stressful (and anxiety-provoking) that situation can be!

In this special School Behaviour Secrets episode, I share one mindset shift that will make you walk away from those situations feeling empowered (rather than demoralised.)

Why The Words We Use Actually Matter

Have you ever stopped to think about the power of the words we use? When a child is told something often enough, they can begin to believe it.

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we explore the hidden damage that words can do to our pupils and the importance of choosing our words carefully; separating the pupil from their behaviour.

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria and ADHD: What Teachers And Parents Need To Know

Have you ever heard of the term Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD)? Some pupils can find accepting criticism difficult as it can feel like a personal attack on their self-worth.

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we explore what is meant by the term rejection sensitive dysphoria and how RSD relates to pupils with ADHD.

The Benefits of Regular Exercise on Pupils' Focus and Behaviour With Dr. Julian Reed

We all know that being active is good for our physical health, but did you know that physical activity also positively affects brain development?

In this week's School behaviour Secrets episode, we interview Dr Julian Reed. He reveals how exercise can improve pupils' focus and engagement in their learning and how physical exertion can even reduce hyperactivity.

Do Reward Charts Make Any Difference?

Are reward charts actually effective? They've been used for years, but have you considered that they might actually be damaging to your pupils development?

In this week's School Behaviour Secrets episode, we discuss the 'dangers' of using reward charts and how they should be used effectively to support pupils in the classroom.

Revealed: The Differences Between Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

When it comes to supporting pupils with additional needs in school, having the right strategy is crucial. However, some conditions can (on the outside) appear very similar.

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we discuss the similarities and differences between two very different conditions - Pathological Demand Avoidance and Oppositional Defiance Disorder.

How To Teach Social Skills In The Classroom With Miriam Campbell

Social skills are essential for surviving and thriving in school - helping pupils connect with one another, understand social boundaries and cope with the demands of the classroom. But what happens if a student has difficulties with one or more of these social skills?

In this week's School Behaviour Secrets, we interview Miriam Campbell - author, former teacher and speech language pathologist. She explains exactly what social skills are, what to do if one of your students is having difficulties interacting socially - and how to get them to develop and use new social skills in the classroom.

How To Help Pupils Manage 'Big Emotions'

Ever wondered why children (and adults) lose self-control when faced with big emotions, such as anger and anxiety?

In this School Behaviour Secrets episode, we share one simple strategy that you can use right away to help pupils understand and manage their emotions.

Quick-fire strategies: One Trick To Improve Classroom Positivity And Success

Want to know how to create a positive climate in your classroom? It might be easier than you think! Sometimes, all it takes is making one simple change.

In this special School Behaviour Secrets episode, we reveal one trick you can make today that will help to achieve just that.

How To Use VR To Help Pupils Overcome Anxiety And Develop Key Social Skills With Ange Anderson

Can advances in technology (including Virtual Reality) help young people with additional needs to better understand how to interact with others and actively reduce anxiety?

In this week's School Behaviour Secrets podcast, we interview Ange Anderson, to discuss the current barriers schools face to using innovative technology. We explore how VR can help prepare young people for real life situations and how technology can make life in school easier for everyone.

Quick-fire strategies: 4 Top Tips To Make The Build Up To Christmas Enjoyable For Everyone

The lead up to Christmas can be a mixture of excitement and stress for children - and sometimes it's hard to know how to deal with both.

In this episode of Behaviour Secrets, we discuss why certain children may not cope during this festive time and offer our top four tips to ensure Christmas is enjoyable for everyone.

What "Masking" Behaviour Means - And Why It Matters In The Classroom

Some children change their behaviour and 'mask' their true needs all day long at school. Over time, this can be exhausting and may even lead to burnout!

In this School Behaviour Secrets podcast, we interview parent and educator advisor Amanda Sokell. Together, we discuss what masking looks like in young people and why listening to children's behaviour (not just their words) is vital when trying to support their emotional wellbeing.

Why You Shouldn't Listen To Behaviour Experts

It's common for schools to get outside help when they're struggling to support a child's behaviour, but sometimes this type of advice can actually do more harm than good.

In this weeks Behaviour Secrets podcast, we discuss why sometimes you shouldn't listen to advice given by behaviour experts, how this advice can actually make a situation worse and why you mustn't ever take this advice at face value.

Evidence Based Ways To Help Victims Recover From The Trauma Of Bullying With Jennifer Fraser

Despite our best efforts in school, bullying affects significant numbers of children. And the latest research shows that bullying can actually change the ways children's brains are wired and function.

In today's episode, expert author Jennifer Fraser looks at the real impact of bullying on our students - both from their peers and adults in school - and reveals what we should really be doing to support victims, and reduce bullying, in our schools.

How To Lead A Line Around School

Leading a line is an essential skill for adults in school - but very few teachers have been trained on how to do it effectively. Get it wrong and you have a recipe for low-level behaviour and disruption as you move the class through the building.

But there are a set of simple techniques you can use to transition your class across school calmly. In this week's School Behaviour Secrets, we reveal what those techniques are, and how to use them to bring out the best in your class.

How To Actively Create Positive School Cultures That Reduce Bullying With Alex Holmes

How can we empower students to understand and deal with bullying behaviour in school? When not dealt with properly, bullying has a hugely negative impact on school culture and student and staff wellbeing.

This week on School Behaviour Secrets, we speak to Deputy CEO of the Diana Award and Vice-Chair of the National Anti-Bullying Alliance, Alex Holmes. We discuss the challenges of changing whole school culture and the positive impact that anti-bullying ambassadors make on school life. Plus, Alex shares how your school can get involved with the positivity postbox campaign today, to kick-start this process for your students.

Quick-fire strategies: How To Use Reduced Timetables In The Right Way

Is a reduced timetable a highly effective support strategy - or is it just another form of exclusion?

This week on School Behaviour Secrets, we reveal the right approach when using reduced timetables in schools. We'll be sharing our tips and tricks for managing and reviewing these schedules so that you can set your pupils up for success.

The Truth About ADHD And Medication with Walt Karniski

As a parent, it can be tough to decide whether or not to medicate your child for ADHD. But how can you be sure it's the right call?

This week on our school behaviour secrets podcast, we sit down with developmental paediatrician and author of 'ADHD Medication: Does It Work And Is It Safe', Dr Walt Karniski. He walks us through some key questions to ask before making a decision, as well as the potential long-term effects of medication.

5 Tips For Managing Talkative Classes

Getting the working noise level right in class can be tricky. Research tells us that students benefit from the chance to collaborate and discuss learning with their peers, but we all know that too much noise leads to off task behaviours and wasted time. So how can you get the balance of silence and chatter spot on?

In this week's School Behaviour secrets episode, we reveal our top 5 tips to managing talkative classes. Meaning an increase in productivity in your classroom.

Why Kids Don't Change Problem Behaviour (Even When It's To Their Advantage) Part 2

Sometimes our students get stuck in cycles of negative, challenging behaviour - even when they've been offered support and intervention programmes in school. That leads to poor outcomes for the individual - emotionally and academically - and often results in disrupted learning for their classmates.

In this episode, we continue our discussion with Tom McIntrye, Sean Turner and Kenny Hirschmann about the Stages of Change model. They reveal their insights into why some pupils are so resistant to change - and how to use this information to dramatically increase the success of your SEMH interventions in school.

Why Kids Don't Change Problem Behaviour (Even When It's To Their Advantage) - Part 1

Sometimes our students get stuck in cycles of negative, challenging behaviour - even when they've been offered support and intervention programmes in school. That leads to poor outcomes for the individual - emotionally and academically - and often results in disrupted learning for their classmates.

In this episode, we talk to Tom McIntrye, Sean Turner and Kenny Hirschmann about the Stages of Change model. They explain why some pupils are resistant to change - and how to use this information to dramatically increase the success of your SEMH interventions in school.

Why Negative Reinforcement Isn't What You Think It Is.

Been taught that negative reinforcement is a more socially acceptable term for a punishment? Then you've been told a lie.

Negative reinforcement is a specific behaviour strategy that is different from punishment in a number of ways. In today's episode, we share what negative enforcement actually is - and why that matters in your classroom.

Support Strategies For Pupils With Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) With Jerricah Holder

In the past, we've described children who have difficulty coming into school as 'school refusers,' as if their behaviour is down to wilfulness. But is it time to flip the script - and start looking at other causes for that behaviour?

In today's show, Jerricah Holder explains how thinking in terms of Emotionally Based School Avoidance can be much more powerful, what really drives children to avoid attending school, and what we can do to support them.

What To Do When A Student Refuses To Work

There could be a number of reasons why a child is refusing to complete their work. Maybe they're feeling overwhelmed, maybe they don't understand the task, or maybe they're just tired. As a teacher, it's important to try to figure out what the child is trying to tell you so you can help them overcome the obstacle and get their work done.

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we look at what work refusal looks like in the classroom, why children might engage in work refusal and some practical strategies to use and address the underlying cause of that behaviour.

Quick-fire strategies: This 2 word sentence makes de-escalation easier

When a pupil has an outburst in school, it can be easy to approach that situation as a confrontation, where the child is deliberately engaging in disruptive behaviour. The result? Lots of stress - for the adult and the pupil.

But what if there was another approach? In this quickfire strategy episode, I give you 2-word sentence anyone can use when emotions are high that makes de-escalation easier - and actually helps you quickly pivot from de-escalation to problem-solving.

Quick-fire strategies: What many schools are getting wrong with positive and negative feedback

As teachers and school leaders, it's easy to become distracted (and polarised!) by the question, "Which is more powerful - positive or negative feedback?" But what if that's the wrong question entirely?

In this episode, I explain what question we should be asking ourselves about rewards and consequences, and what the implications are for our classroom practice.

Quick-fire strategies: How to project your voice the right way

As teachers and educators, we rely on our voices to teach effectively, communicate information and manage behaviour in the classroom. But when we use our voices in the wrong way, we can experience frequent sore throats or even damage our vocal cords.

In this week's quickfire-strategy episode, I explain how to project your voice the right way, so pupils will be able to hear you clearly, so you can speak to large groups of students without causing damage to your throat.

Quick-fire strategies: What to do when your behaviour strategies stop working.

Sometimes, the SEMH support strategies we're using with a student just stop working - for no apparent reason - and we're left with the dilemma, "What do we do next?"

In this episode, I share how this simple concept from statistics might explain both why a pupil's behaviour support strategies might have become ineffective - and what to do next.

Quick-fire strategies: Asking this one question can unlock your class's potential

When it comes to behaviour and learning, there's one question we should be asking ourselves (as the adult) that can change the game in our classrooms. And although it's a question we often ask ourselves at the start of our career, it's one we quickly forget as we become more experienced as teachers.

In this episode I reveal what that question is - and how the answer can have profound consequences for how successful your classroom management strategies are in school.

Quick-fire strategies: This mind-trick will make you better at de-escalation

De-escalating students during an outburst can be physically and mentally draining. But what if there was a way of making it easier on you?

In the first of our "quick fire strategies" episodes, I share one mind-trick that makes de-escalation less stressful - whether you're dealing with a pupil outburst, or another adult that has lost control of their emotions.

The Hidden Pressures That Students Face And How These Can Impact Their Wellbeing with Helena Kulikowska and Sara Turner

More pupils than ever before are facing unseen pressures, causing an increase in anxiety and stress in pupils of all ages. What are the hidden stresses and what can educators do to alleviate them? .

In this special Behaviour Secrets compilation, we have weaved together the advice of two SEMH experts, Helena Kulikowska and Sara Turner. They reveal the importance of understanding and empathising with individual pupils and why putting an effective programme of support in place is vital for them to succeed. .

The Difference Between Supporting Students And Normalizing Them (And Why It Matters) with Nicki Day

There's a fine line between supporting students with SEMH needs with positive behaviour change and trying to "normalise" them - so they fit into society's idea of how children should think and behave.

In this week's episode, we explore this important topic with Nicki Day, education and parental support advisor (and parent of an autistic child). She explains to provide support in school in the right way, so we help our pupils achieve their potential without impacting negatively on their emotional well-being.

Managing Classroom Behaviour Beyond Rewards and Consequences

Over the past twelve months there's been a lot of discussion about using relational approaches to manage classroom behaviour. But, is this approach more effective than a traditional reward and consequences strategy?

In this special School Behaviour Secrets compilation episode, we have brought together the advice of two leading specialists, Kevin Hewitson and Pamela Tseu. We discuss the impact of a relational approach, and they reveal how to make this approach successful in your classroom.

Why Throwing Chairs Isn't The Behaviour Problem You Think It Is

When a child repeatedly has trouble managing their emotions (or behaviour), it's time to start asking why they keep getting dysregulated. What's the root cause?

In this week's School Behaviour Secrets, we reveal how to identify the underlying cause of any explosive behaviours you're seeing in school - and why putting in place the right intervention is vital for achieving success.

Does Mindfulness Help Kids Manage Their Emotions?

Evidence shows that mindfulness can have a positive impact on the thoughts and emotions of adults. but is the same automatically true for children? And should we be investing time helping kids learn mindfulness techniques in class?

In this episode of school behaviour secrets, we explore what mindfulness is, how to use it with children, and review the scientific research into mindfulness and children. All aimed at answering the question: Does mindfulness work for children who struggle with strong emotions?>

Could ADHD Be Your Student's Superpower? With Soli Lazarus

Many educators focus on the challenges associated with ADHD in the classroom. But what if that's the wrong approach? What if a child's ADHD were actually their superpower?>

In today's School Behaviour Secrets, author and expert Soli Lazarus talks to us about her experience being a parent of a child with ADHD, reveals the overlooked advantages the condition can offer, and ideas and strategies to bring out the best in your pupils with ADHD.

The Mindset Of Managing Challenging Pupils

Teaching kids with challenging behaviour needs can be tough. It can emotionally, physically and spiritually draining!

When it comes to supporting kids with SEMH and behaviour needs, mindset is everything. So in this episode, we explore 5 important mindset changes to make that will help protect your mental and emotional well-being as an adult.

Effective Support Strategies For Students With ADHD With Jeff Copper (Part 2)

Did you know that children with ADHD have a very reward driven brain - that drives them to seek out immediate pleasure ? That means if they're doing something that's boring, whatever the activity may be, it's physically uncomfortable for them.

In Part 2 of this episode, ADHD expert and founder of DIG Coaching Practice Jeff Copper, reveals more of his insights into the difficulties and challenges that kids with ADHD have and how we can effectively support them in school.

Effective Support Strategies For Students With ADHD With Jeff Copper (Part 1).

Did you know that children with ADHD have a very reward driven brain - that drives them to seek out immediate pleasure ? That means if they're doing something that's boring, whatever the activity may be, it's physically uncomfortable for them.

In our next two episodes, ADHD expert and founder of DIG Coaching Practice Jeff Copper, reveals his insights into the difficulties and challenges that kids with ADHD have and how we can effectively support them in school.

4 Classroom Strategies That Help Eliminate Low-Level Disruption

Low-level disruption slows down teaching and learning, prevents students from focussing on their work and creates huge amounts of stress for teachers. It may be "low-level" in name, but it's "high-level" in impact.

But what can we, as teachers, do about low-level disruption? In this episode, we look at 4 key classroom management strategies that help eliminate low-level disruption AND explain how to use them in your classroom - so you can create a positive learning environment where all your pupils can achieve their potential.

How To Use ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) To Change Challenging Student Behaviour With Sasha Long

Did you know there's an area of science focussed on helping people engage in positive behaviour change? It's called ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) and follows simple, tested principles for helping pupils achieve behaviour success.

In today's episode, ABA and autism expert Sasha Long explains what ABA is, why finding the function of a pupil's behaviour is so important. AND how to replace negative classroom behaviours with positive ones (even with students who are resistant to change).

This Mindset Shift Will Make You (Instantly) Better At De-escalation

Want to know how to de-escalate a student outburst? To some extent, it will depend on the needs of the individual pupil - but there is one mindset shift you can make that will improve your de-escalation skills instantly.

In this episode, we reveal what the mindset shift is and how to apply it when de-escalating pupils experiencing an anger outburst (or meltdown). So you minimise your pupil's distress - and the damage done to classroom learning.

How To Solve The Problem Of Teacher Stress And Burn-out with Simon Bolger

Happiness is a teacher's best tool. But so many school teachers are now experiencing poor mental health due to the high workload, stress and over-scheduling that has become a part of our modern education system. How can we change this culture within our school system and protect teachers' wellbeing and happiness?

In this podcast episode we interview former head teacher Simon Bolger (That Wellbeing Guy) who is determined to make as many schools as possible great places for children to learn by starting a wellbeing revolution in our schools.

4 Things Schools Get Wrong With Restorative Practice

Done right, restorative practice can be a brilliant way of teaching pupils conflict resolution skills and encouraging them to behave positively because they care about the impact of their actions on other people.

But when restorative conversations aren't introduced effectively, it can result in pupils, staff and parents losing faith in the process. That's why, in this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we share 4 pitfalls to avoid if you're using (or about to use) restorative practice in schools.

Strategies For Engaging Pupils With Behaviour And SEMH Needs with Adele Bates

There's been a worrying increase in children struggling with their SEMH needs within schools. But - as teachers and educators - what's the best way of empathising and engaging with them. and forming mutually trusting relationships?

In this podcast episode, we interview Adele Bates, SEMH behaviour specialist and author of 'Miss, I Don't Give a Sh*t! - engaging with Challenging Behaviour in Schools.' In the interview, Adele gives her top insights into dealing with challenging behaviour directly linked to SEMH needs in schools.

Why don't some kids learn from rewards and consequences

Teaching pupils with high levels of SEMH (or behavioural) needs? Sometimes, it can feel like they're stuck in a cycle of damaging behaviour - and just never learn from the systems of rewards and consequences we use to motivate them.

Understanding the reasons for this can be key to unlocking your students' success. So in today's episode, we explore the 4 key factors holding them back - and explain why some pupils don't (or can't) learn from rewards and consequences in school.

How To Deliver School Intervention Programmes That Get Results With Daniel Sobel

School intervention groups for special needs pupils are expensive to run. and often don't get the impact schools are hoping for. So what are the essential ingredients that make up a intervention?

In this week's episode, inclusion expert Daniel Sobel reveals the secrets to running successful intervention groups. He explains how to select the perfect intervention for your each pupil, how to plan and assess the impact of your group, and how to use hard and soft data to evidence that success.

5 Hacks For Improving Whole Class Behaviour

Good classroom management is the bedrock of a purposeful classroom. But what are the practical strategies the best teachers use to create a productive learning environment?

In today's episode, we share 5 hacks for improving whole class behaviour. That's 5 easy wins to get your class more focussed, engaged with their work and that encourage more positive behaviour in class. that you can start using today.

How To Support Children Through Grief And Bereavement With Justine Wilson

Experiencing the death of a close family member will have a massive impact on the emotional well-being of any student. But how do we - as teachers and educator - support pupils through this difficult time?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we interview Justin Wilson, a counsellor with Edward's Trust who's highly experienced at supporting kids through bereavement. She explains how to open up a conversation about grief, what to say to your student. and what to avoid saying.

The Surprising Truth About Teenagers And Mental Health Conditions with John Jerrim

Many teachers and parents associate the rise in mental health needs we see in teenagers with the move to secondary education. where they are faced with increased exam pressure, given greater independence and responsibility, and have to cope with the expectations of many teachers across a range of subjects.

But is there any evidence to support this idea? Or is it a myth? In this week's interview with John Jerrim, we explore his surprising research into secondary education and the mental wellbeing of teenagers.

Why some kids make poor behaviour choices

All forms of human behaviour fall into one of four categories. And understanding these behaviour types is critical for managing challenging pupil behaviour in the classroom - especially when a student is affected by an underlying special need (like autism or ADHD).

In this episode, we reveal what those behaviour types are... and explain why some kids make poor behaviour choices, get stuck in patterns of destructive behaviour, and never seem to learn from their mistakes.

A Teacher's Guide To Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

According to the latest statistics, it's likely there's at least one child in every class who's affected by Oppositional Defiant Disorder. But what does it actually mean if a child has a diagnosis of ODD?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we take a deep dive into understanding ODD in the classroom. We look at how Oppositional Defiant Disorder affects pupils, what kinds of behaviours we might see in the classroom, and share strategies for supporting pupils with the condition.

Classroom Management Strategies That Transform Pupil Behaviour with Rob Plevin

Classroom management is an essential skill for making sure your pupils are on task, engage with lessons and learn well. But precisely what should we be saying - and doing - to make this happen in our classrooms?

Rob Plevin is an author and expert on the topic of classroom management. And in this episode, he explains the exact techniques he uses to create a productive learning environment, how to encourage more positive student behaviour AND build strong adult:pupil relationships in the classroom.

How To Create A Trauma And Attachment Aware Classroom with Rebecca Brooks

When a child experiences early trauma, or develops an insecure attachment with their parent, the impact can last for years. It can negatively affect how they regulate their emotions, interact with others and cope in the busy school environment.

In this episode, author and expert Rebecca Brooks explains the link between early adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and behaviour in school, and shares practical strategies for building an inclusive, trauma and attachment aware classroom - with the aim of creating success for all.

Is It Time To Rip Up Classroom Behaviour Charts?

Classroom behaviour charts have been used for decades to help support positive behaviour in class (and discourage negative behaviour). But are they actually doing more harm than good?

In today's episode, we look at the pros and cons of using behaviour charts to manage whole class behaviour. We'll be asking if charts are a great way of providing recognition for good behaviour - or do they just publicly shame kids with behaviour needs?

How COVID Has Impacted On Pupils' Emotional Well-Being In Schools

Since September, have you been surprised by the change in the emotional well-being - and classroom behaviour - of the kids in your class? Noticed less resilience, less ability to focus, fewer social skills and asked... is this just my class? Or my school?

To answer that question, we surveyed our community to assess the change of SEMH needs schools are seeing in their students. And in this episode, we share the results, revealing the true impact of COVID and lockdown... and the challenges we face supporting our pupils in 2022.

How To Use EFT Tapping To Help Pupils Manage Emotions And Stress With Deborah Miller

Looking for a different approach to help pupils manage their emotions and stress? That's easy for students to access... and doesn't rely on them sitting still and focussing for long periods?

In this episode, Deborah Miller unlocks the secrets of EFT Tapping, a simple technique for helping children get back on top of strong emotions... leaving them feeling calm, grounded and focussed.

Are interactive whiteboards undermining our classroom management?

In recent years, more and more technologies like interactive whiteboards have been enthusiastically introduced into classrooms. But has the impact on classroom engagement been wholly positive?

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we explore whether interactive whiteboards (IWBs) are a positive force for classroom behaviour... or whether they're quietly undermining the teacher's ability to run the class.

How To Help Kids Overcome The Emotional Impact Of Bullying With Bradley Davis

Bullying is an issue that affects many pupils. But once the immediate issue of bullying has been dealt with, how do you help victims overcome the emotional impact of what has happened to them?

Bradley Davis, who is dedicated to supporting pupils with emotional and mental health issues, talks about his own experiences of bullying as a student - and shares practical strategies for helping (and healing) pupils who have experienced bullying in school.

Why Parenting Programmes Don't Work

Most of us invest more time learning to drive than learning to parent - and parenting programmes are full of valuable ideas and strategies. But why do they have such a high failure rate in schools?

In today's episode, we look at the factors that drag down the success of parenting courses, and explore what can be done to make the programmes offered in your school more successful.

How To Improve Behaviour Through Playtime Games With Therese Hoyle

Looking for a way to boost student behaviour at lunchtimes - and increase their social skills as well - in a way that's immediate and engaging?

Therese Hoyle is one of the UK's leading trainers on improving playtime and lunchtime behaviour. In this episode, she reveals the secrets of using playground games to dramatically improve the quality of playtimes and lunchtimes in schools.

What Empathy Actually Is (And How To Teach It)

Developing empathy is a key skill our students need to function in school. It helps them bond with their peers, work as part of a group and function successfully in the classroom.

But what do we actually mean by empathy - and how do we help our pupils develop it? In this episode, we look at the different layers of empathy, how theory of mind (and perspective taking) develop, and share some practical strategies for supporting students in your school.

The Zones Of Regulation: How To Help Kids Manage Strong Emotions With Leah Kuypers

Many kids experience difficulties managing strong emotions, whether those emotions are related to anger, anxiety or something else. And often, that lack of regulation spills over into challenging behaviour, or gets in the way of their learning.

In this week's interview, we speak to Leah Kuypers, author and creator of the Zones Of Regulation. She shares practical and effective ways of helping pupils become more aware of their emotional state - and then engage with positive regulation strategies in the classroom.

How Trauma Impacts On Pupil Behaviour (And How Teachers Can Help)

If you're working with a child who has difficulty regulating their emotions, over-reacts to situations, or finds it hard to concentrate, then it might be they were affected by early trauma in their life.

In this episode, we explore how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) actually change the way the brain functions, resulting in highly anxious or dysregulated pupils. And, of course, we cover concrete strategies you can start using to support pupils affected by trauma in your classroom.

How To Support Children Affected By Their Parents' Mental Health Needs with Helena Kulikowska

Many children are affected by the mental health needs of their parents - whether that impact is emotional and having to become more self-sufficient at an early age. And some even find the roles of child and adult have swapped, and they've become the carer for their parent.

So how do we help them cope with that emotional pressure and succeed in school? Helen Kulikowska from the charity Our Time shares her practical advice for supporting pupils affected by this issue.

How To Help Students Use Social Media (Safely) - With Claire Orange

Many teachers and parents are worried about the effects of social media on their children. Whether that's negative comments, becoming obsessed with friend counts, dealing with trolling or chasing likes, the world of social media is piling up new pressures on our students.

In this week's episode, we speak to Claire Orange, who is an expert and author on social and emotional learning. She explains how social media use is affecting our pupil's emotional development and shares practical ideas for helping children navigate social media safely.

How To Create Positive Whole School Behaviour Change with Gavin Oattes

Creating positive whole school behaviour change can feel like swimming upstream. But what if there was a basic formula for achieving success?

In this episode, we speak to Gavin Oattes, who's worked with some of the biggest organisations in the world on personal development. He reveals the process he uses with schools to drive positive change - starting from the school's core values all the way through to student behaviour change in the classroom.

How Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Affects Student Behaviour

FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) is a condition that's estimated to affect as many as autism, can lead to emotional and behaviour issues in the classroom, but can be very difficult to identify. So how can we recognise - and support - children with the condition?

In today's School Behaviour Secrets, we explode some of the myths about FASD, look at the surprising facts and figures about drinking in pregnancy, and share how you can support pupils affected by this issue in your school.

How Sensory Needs Impact On Emotional Regulation with Lindsey Biel

If you're working with a pupil who has difficulties with their emotions and behaviour, there may be an issue with their sensory processing. Sensory needs aren't exclusive to children with autism - and they actually impact on a wide range of children in our schools.

In this week's episode, we speak to expert, author and occupational therapist Lindsey Biel. She explains how sensory needs affect emotional regulation - and shares practical, effective support strategies that could make a real difference to the lives of children in your classroom.

3 Overlooked Factors That Cause Challenging Student Behaviour

Sometimes it can be hard to pin down what causes students to behaviour in a challenging way. Which means that our support strategies are unlikely to be effective - and those behaviours persist (or get worse).

In today's episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we share 3 overlooked factors that can cause challenging classroom behaviour. We explain what they are, how to recognise them and how to address them successfully to help your students get back on track.

Breaking The Chain Of Inter-Generational Offending And Imprisonment with James Ottley

Huge numbers of kids are affected by imprisonment - and most schools will have at least one family where a mother or father is in the criminal justice system. But how do we reach children affected by this issue - and help them break the chain of inter-generational offending that is all too common?

James Ottley from Children Heard and Seen is an expert in supporting pupils and families affected by prison - and in today's episode, he explains how the issue affects children, how to form trusting relationships with them, and he gives us practical strategies for offering kids emotional support.

This episode is sponsored by Team Satchel.

How To Tackle 'Mean Girls' Bullying

Mean Girls behaviours (or to use its correct name, Relational Aggression) is a common form of bullying where the group turns on one of its own members. It's emotionally damaging and it doesn't just affect girls - boys can be victims too.

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we explore exactly what relational aggression is - and give you concrete strategies for tackling the problem in schools.

This episode is sponsored by Team Satchel.

7 Tools For Classroom Management Success with Pamela Tseu

Is your aim not just for your students to behave better in class - but want to behave? Not just for the promise of a reward - but because it's the right thing to do

Pamela Tseu is an expert in classroom management and she's developed 7 teaching tools to make this happen. In this episode, she explains what those tools are, and how to start using them in your classroom.

This episode is sponsored by Team Satchel.

Why Anger Management Programmes Don't Work

Trying to support your students with anger issues - but feel like your intervention isn't making the progress your pupils deserve? Then it's time to identify the obstacles in the way of your group's (and your pupils') success.

In today's episode, we look at the factors that prevent anger management programmes from having an impact, and review the evidence about how well they work in schools - so you have everything you need to set your anger management programme up for success.

This episode is sponsored by Team Satchel.

How The Best Schools Implement Early Intervention with Jayne Wesler

For children with special needs, early intervention can be the difference between succeeding in school and reaching their potential - and disengagement, struggling academically and poor social emotional outcomes.

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we interview Jayne Wesler (who's spent her career supporting students with SEN) about what the best schools do to get early intervention right for their students.

How Rewards Crush Student Motivation In The Classroom

Motivation in the classroom is easy, right? We dangle rewards in front of kids and they'll change their behaviour to get the rewards.

But what if that idea is wrong? What if using rewards actually diminishes children's motivation in the long term?

In today's episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we explore the surprising science of reward systems. so you know exactly how to increase pupil motivation in your classroom.

How To Implement Restorative Practice In Your School with Janine Dodds

Looking for a way of moving away from rewards and consequences in your school, towards a fairer system where everyone has a voice?

In her school, Headteacher Janine Dodds has done just that - and in today's show, Janine is going to talk us through her schools journey in introducing and embedding restorative practice - including her experience of getting staff and parents on board.

What Every Teacher Should Know About The Anger Cycle (And Why It Matters)

Knowing what to say and do when a child becomes angry (or highly anxious) can be difficult. One wrong move and the child's emotions can seem to explode!

The secret to de-escalation is understanding the anger cycle - the biological changes that lead to the fight-flight-or-freeze responses that are so difficult to manage in school. In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we look at the key stages of the anger cycle - and how to adjust your response for each one, so you approach de-escalation calmly and successfully.

How To Support Pupils Affected By Imprisonment (with Sara Turner from Ormiston Families)

When a child has a family member go into prison, the impact on their emotions (and their behaviour) can be huge. Yet there's very little training for schools on how to support those pupils.

In this episode, we interview Sara Turner from Ormiston Families, who has practical experience of supporting young people affected by imprisonment. She explains the struggles those children go through - and strategies that help students manage their emotions in school.

5-Steps To Effective Whole School Behaviour Training

Putting together a training programme related to behaviour and SEMH that actually makes a difference in the classroom is hard! And no one wants to invest time and money in training that won't work.

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we give you a simple, 5-step process for planning out your SEMH training programme across the entire year - so it has real impact on the teachers and students in your school.

A 4-Step Framework For Better Classroom Behaviour And Relationships (with Kevin Hewitson)

The best way to influence the behaviour of the most challenging students isn't with with rewards or consequences - it's through relationships. But how do you form relationships with kids who are resistant (or wary of) adults, or actively avoid engaging with teaching staff?

In this episode, we interview Kevin Hewitson, an educational consultant and author with over 40 years teaching experience. He guides us through his 4-part framework (PBCF) for breaking down those barriers - and explains how to get disaffected kids re-engaged with their school work.

The Top 5 Classroom Management Skills Every Teachers Should Know

Want to know the top 5 essential classroom management skills every teacher should know? The 5 skills that lead to whole class success, healthy adult:pupil relationships and on-task behaviour?

In this episode, based on 1000s of lesson observations, we reveal exactly what those skills are - and how to start using them in your classroom. All with the aim of creating a positive learning environment for you and your students.

Teaching Strategies for Pathological Demand Avoidance with Ruth Fidler

Teaching pupils with PDA (pathological demand avoidance) can be draining and frustrating. The key to success is understanding what's driving your student's resistance to demands.

In this episode, we interview Ruth Fidler, expert and author on the subject of PDA. She reveals the best way of supporting children with PDA in the classroom - and explains what kinds of strategies are effective (and what to avoid).

The 11 Key Questions That Make Or Break Behaviour Interventions

Want to make sure the behaviour plans you write for your SEN students are successful? Then picking the correct target behaviours is essential - because a plan that focuses on the wrong areas isn't likely to succeed.

In this episode of School Behaviour Secrets, we share 11 questions that will laser focus your interventions on the target behaviours that really matter. We explain what those questions are, why they're important, and how to use them. Don't write another behaviour plan until you've heard this!

Why Attachment Theory Is Wrong (And We Should Let It Die) With Dr. Jerome Kagan

Attachment theory has received a lot of attention in education over the last 20 years - but is it just plain wrong? Are attachment interventions used in school built a foundation of sand?

In today's controversial episode, distinguished professor and author Jerome Kagan explains why we should let attachment theory die, why the evidence to support it is so poor, and what we should be doing to help our students instead.

A (Fast) Explanation Of The Difference Between ADHD And Autism

Want to understand - in simple, clear terms - the real difference between ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ASD (autism spectrum disorder)? Especially as more children are entering are classrooms with a diagnosis?

Understanding how these two conditions affect students is key to helping them manage their emotions and behaviour. So in this episode we've condensed and simplified everything you need to know, giving you the knowledge you need to support the pupils in your classroom.

How To Measure The Impact Of Your Behaviour Interventions

Here are two key questions that are surprisingly difficult to answer about behaviour interventions in school: 1) Are they having any impact? 2) Are they providing value for money?

In today's episode, Dr. Rob Long explains how to objectively measure whether your interventions are effective using the SNAP-B profile. He'll also explain how to use SNAP-B to select the right intervention strategies, so we address the underlying problems driving the pupil's behaviour.

4 Reasons (Some) Kids Get Angry So Quickly

Some children seem to jump from calm to angry at the flick of switch - while others seem to be able to manage strong emotions perfectly well. What makes the difference between emotional success and failure?

In this episode, we're going to look at 4 factors that cause some children to struggle with anger - so you can finally understand their behaviour (and help them self-regulate effectively).

ADHD: What One Parent Wants All Teachers To Know

It's hard to imagine the classroom experience of kids with an ADHD diagnosis - because they often find it hard to articulate how it feels (and how it affects them).

In today's episode, we speak to John Booth, who not only has a son diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, but also received a diagnosis of ADHD himself in his forties. He speaks honestly and openly about how ADHD affected his schooling (and his perception of himself as a learner), and the struggles involved in successfully parenting a child with ADHD.

Do Gratitude Diaries *Really* Improve Pupil Resilience?

The web is full of articles about the power of gratitude journals to improve our resilience and mental-wellbeing? But how much of this is true - and how much is wishful thinking?

In this episode, we look at whether the evidence stacks up with children of school age. Are gratitude diaries a tool for improving our children's mental health and emotions - and does any of the scientific research support the internet hype?

How To Help Children Overcome Attachment Injuries with Catherine Young

When a child's early bonding experiences with their parents goes wrong, the result can be extremely challenging behaviour in school, difficulties with social interaction and problems with emotional regulation.

In today's episode, our guest Catherine Young explains how to use her evidence-based M-MAT process (multi-modal attachment therapy) to heal the 'attachment injury' driving those behaviours and manage their emotions more successfully.

6+1 Common Mistakes In School Behaviour Policies

Want to know which 6 mistakes hold back behaviour policies from having the whole-school impact school leaders are looking for? So your school can finally get the whole school consistency that really drives improvements in behaviour?

In this episode, based on our experience of looking at hundreds of policies, we talk through what makes a good behaviour policy, highlight the pitfalls that undo many schools, and explain how to get your policy right first time.

How To Transform Behaviour At Breaktimes (Without Wasting Time Or Money)

While student behaviour is often good in class, it often deteriorates once pupils get outside - leading to arguments and low-level behaviour that have to be sorted out in the following lesson.

In today's episodes, we talk to Tim Davies about how to transform the systems and environment in your school (without spending a fortune!) to improve pupil behaviour and relationships at break time.

Do Whole Class Reward Systems Actually Work?

In this episode, we dig into the questions: do whole class reward systems actually make any difference? Do they act as a motivator. or are they quietly demotivating the students in our classroom?

By the end of this episode, you'll have all the information you need to assess the effectiveness of the systems in your classroom - and the key advantages (and limitations) of using class-wide extrinsic rewards.

How To Succeed With Restorative Practice In Your School (with Sara Hagel)

Tired of playing referee when your students fall out or have long-running disputes? Wish there was a better way of resolving conflict in your classroom (or school)?

There is - it's called restorative practice - and in today's show, Sara Hagel from Peacemakers is going to walk us through how to get a programme of restorative justice up and running successfully in your school.

The 4 Attachment Styles In Children (Explained)

Want to understand how each of the 4 attachment styles affects how students behave in the classroom? How a child's early years influences their ability to form relationships with adults (and even whether they feel relaxed and confident in the classroom)

In this episode, we'll: walk you through what each the attachment styles actually means; look at the difference between an attachment difficulty and attachment disorder; and finally join the dots between attachment theory and every day classroom practice.

Teaching Self-Regulation Skills In The Classroom (with Dr. Stuart Shanker)

Ever wondered what *really* causes children to have difficulties with their behaviour? Or the difference between self-control and self-regulation?

In today's episode, we interview Dr. Stuart Shanker, expert on the impact of stress on human behaviour - and learn how reframing kids' behaviour means we're more likely to find solutions to challenging behaviour in the classroom.

3 Assertiveness Techniques To Improve Your Classroom Presence

Being assertive in the classroom can have a huge impact on both your whole class management and your ability to manage behaviour incidents. The secret is to be intentional about your body language, your tone of voice and exactly how you word your instructions.

In this episode, we show you how to do just that. We give you 3 techniques you can start using today to look and sound more confident in your classroom. The result? Teaching feels easier, your lessons are more productive and your relationships with students improve.