Monthly Archives: September 2012

Fitting all the pieces together…

Schools are complicated, organic institutions.  They operate on many levels but key to their success is the relationships within them.  As the leader of a school one of the most important roles that I have is to nurture successful relationships … Continue reading

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The Tempest

The majority of the school is calm. The support group isn’t. Having the capacity to contain the stormy children has enabled the rest of the school to function normally, for learning to happen, for the less extreme behaviours to be … Continue reading

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Some you win…

Before the summer holidays I wrote about our struggle with a LAC child who was very challenging. I was worried about the impact that her behaviour would have on the rest of the school. I think it’s time that I … Continue reading

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Pressures

This morning was much like last Monday morning in terms of emotional turbulence. The little boy who lost his father last weekend was back in school. He doesn’t really understand yet that he’s not coming back. He hasn’t grasped the … Continue reading

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Changing perspectives

I was not at school on Thursday. I find it hard when I’m not there, not because I don’t think the SLT can’t manage (they are more than capable and do an extremely good job) but because school is in … Continue reading

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A Rock and a Hard Place

One of the hardest things in my job is deciding what to do when a child’s behaviour is very extreme. I am torn between a number of different options, all with different consequences for different people. It gets even more … Continue reading

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Uncomfortably Numb…

There’s only so much shock or sadness or horror that anyone can feel at any one time. I happened to be in the office before school this morning when the phone rang, so I picked it up. The call was … Continue reading

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