The ‘teddy bear schools’ transforming behaviour management

Three West Lothian primary schools have ditched punitive approaches to behaviour management and brought in an army of teddies for children to hug it out. But does this really help them to forget about their worries and their strife? Emma Seith reports

How teddy bears are transforming behaviour

Furball, Waffles, Dexter, King Bob II, Cookie, Baby Bear. These are just some of the 50 or so cuddly, non-judgemental and ever-patient members of the teddy bear army that has recently been deployed to transform the culture in three West Lothian primary schools.

The primaries – St Joseph’s in Whitburn, St John the Baptist in Fauldhouse and Our Lady of Lourdes in Blackburn – refer to themselves as “the teddy bear schools”. They have teddy bear policies, as opposed to behaviour policies. And, yes, they have lots of stuffed bears. The three schools have teddies in their waiting rooms, in every ...

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