As a head of year, Annie-Jane Finch-Johnson trialled an innovative approach to lessen disruption at her school: rather than questioning teenagers’ conduct, she empowered them to find their own answers by focusing on what they could do well. It is a method that can prevent exclusions, she says
In any school, there will be students who seem immune to the persuasive power of the behaviour policy. They are the ones who test your every boundary, emotionally and mentally.
When I took the post of head of Year 11 at an all-girls comprehensive a few years ago, I knew I needed to find a solution to this problem. Despite their upcoming exams, a small number of students were creating a storm of defiance, disruption and broken relationships between the adults and young people.
Fortunately, I had a team of form tutors who were dedicated to supporting and educating every student, whatever ...