David Rice

The mindset to tackle behaviour

Schools that use isolation rooms run the risk of creating ‘dumping grounds’ for challenging pupils. That’s why David Rice created a new behaviour centre at his school based on growth mindset

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The following scenario will be a familiar to the majority of teachers: a student who is significantly disrupting teaching and learning is banished to an isolation room – or “inclusion room” – a few times. Soon, that student has fallen into a habit of missing lessons and is falling behind in their learning. Any aspirations they may have had vanish. Their resentment towards school and staff (who, in the student’s mind’s eye, “all hate me”), steadily builds.

There is a better way. You could give the student an opportunity to reflect on their behaviour and provide them with counselling to manage ...

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