When stories of strict behaviour policies and unruly pupils dominate our timelines, it’s important to remember the kindness, compassion and great behaviour shown by many children on daily basis.
And this morning, that’s exactly what Ruth Swailes, school improvement adviser and education consultant, set out to do.
"We often hear negative stories about behaviour, I think it’s important to balance that out with the good things happening in schools too.
"That’s not to detract from the challenging behaviour many teachers deal with, I’ve been there myself and I know it is really tough at times. I work as a school improvement advisor and I’m often really impressed by the kindness and compassion pupils show in school. I wanted to celebrate that," she says.
She asked edu-twitter to share their favourite stories of children behaving beautifully. From the little girl who made individualised cards for the whole class telling each pupil how amazing they are, to the Year 6 boys who stopped their football match so the Year 1s could have a shot at the goal, the stories are truly lovely.
I spent 24 years in Primary classrooms there are far too many to recall. They happen on a daily basis in most schools.— Simon Davies (@simon_davies2) October 22, 2018
Saw some Yr8 girls go and sit with a Yr6. Later, I asked where they knew her from. Girls said they didn't know her, but thought she needed a friend or two.— johncole (@4321jc) October 22, 2018
My class like to 'whisper' (in a loud way) well done as the person comes to sit back down - they know they aren't supposed to talk in assembly but can't help themselves! So lovely.— Miss R (@MissR_Y2) October 22, 2018
Watching how our children react when someone slips/trips in the playground. Kindness personified from one and all.— Colin Grimes (@MrGPrimary) October 22, 2018
The most adorable kindness I’ve seen from EYFS is with & through dandelions! When one would upset or cause an issue they would then go and pick some dandelions (if in season!) bring and say sorry. Often I’d have a tear in my eye. Yellow brings a smile one used to say. 👍— Nina Jackson (@musicmind) October 22, 2018
Had a kid today pay for her younger sister's camp fees out of her part time job savings because parents couldn't afford it. Some kids do it tough.— Rob Monk (@monkrob) October 22, 2018
The kindness shown when a child is upset...... the gentleness of older children towards younger ones .......— Kate Aspin🙋♀️ (@etaknipsa) October 22, 2018
My whole class of year 6 stopping their football game so the year 1 children could have shots at goal as they were worried about them being knocked over or hurt by the older children— Mrs R (@mrsaraine) October 22, 2018
A pupil fell over in the sack race on sports day and another child who was spectating from his class ran out from the crowd onto the field, helped him up & back into his sack and then ran alongside him cheering him on all the way to the end. 💚— Jen (@senteacher_jen) October 22, 2018
A child made cards for every other child in our class saying that they were amazing, also put a little personalised verse in each one too. An amazing act of kindness just before half term - brought a tear to my eye. She also did one for the TA and myself. #KindnessMatters pic.twitter.com/Ckn9hX5eCL— Rob Walters (@RobW1976) October 22, 2018
Showing care and compassion to their peers when they’re upset 😊.— Mrs Ledsham - EYFS ⭐️ (@mrs_ledsham) October 22, 2018