How attachment issues can affect student behaviour

After attending a year-long course on supporting vulnerable students, Chris Jackson began to suspect that much of the low-level disruption at his school might be linked to adverse childhood experiences, so he set about establishing a new, whole-school approach to supporting the students concerned

How attachment issues can effect behaviour

In a school of almost 2,000 pupils, situated on a sprawling site, it used to be a common occurrence that a small minority of students would take the least direct route to lessons and arrive late for their next class. Alongside this internal truancy, we had persistent issues with low-level disruption.

Early efforts to tackle the issues were not as successful as we’d hoped. The 95 per cent of students getting it right continued to get it right. For the 5 per cent who struggled with behaviour, they became trapped in a cycle of being sent to isolation, reflecting on their behaviour, returning to ...

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