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Student behaviour can fluctuate through their educational journey, so we must implement transformative strategies to overcome barriers that may be hindering their progress.

What can we do to help overcome certain behavioural challenges? In this blog, we’ll take a look at five ways you can overcome behaviour barriers currently presenting problems in your school. Firstly, the school inspection handbook states:

“Where inspectors see evidence of poor behaviour but leaders are aware of the issues and have a clear, strategic plan of action, inspectors will judge this favourably, as long as there is a track record of improvement that demonstrates leaders’ capacity to continue to improve behaviour.”

If there is an indication that there are positive steps made by the school to support a student’s behaviour then this will look favourably toward Ofsted. Let’s dive into five ways you can implement steps to overcome behaviour barriers and positively reintegrate students.

1. Finding the root cause

A student might be behaving in a certain way due to underlying circumstances that have resulted in trauma. We must effectively communicate with the child and discuss what has happened in their life and discover if there is a reason why they are not concentrating and exhibiting poor behaviour.

By observing, listening actively and engaging with parents we can uncover the story behind their trauma and implement a solution that best suits their needs. This can then lead to a potential positive reintegration for a student if they are currently on suspension or at risk of exclusion.

 2. Building trust and rapport

Creating meaningful relationships that have a strong foundation of trust and rapport can allow students to feel obliged to communicate more and behave appropriately. Showing genuine care for a student’s well-being can make them feel more valued and welcomed which can subsequently lead to improved behaviour when in education.

3. Positive behaviour reinforcement

Positive behaviour reinforcement can be instrumental in transforming a student’s behaviour. Acknowledging student strengths and when they behave correctly can build confidence and foster a sense of belonging. This element of community strengthens resilience and promotes positive social interactions.

4. Finding the best solution possible

We must find what works best for the students, so it is important to communicate with them to understand their needs and what they need to succeed. Design a pathway of success for them and experiment with different types of education such as remote or hybrid learning. This can build confidence, allow students to understand their behaviour and positively reintegrate when possible.

5. Celebrating successes

Students want to feel like they are succeeding and that they are valued by their teachers and their peers. Make sure to celebrate even the smallest success. This can help build a student’s resilience even further allowing them to persevere and respond to any negative incidents they may encounter.

Try a hybrid approach

An online alternative provision (AP), like EDClass, can be an effective method of educating a student, transforming their behaviour and positively reintegrating them. Online AP can be used as a hybrid approach to slowly build confidence and allow students to understand where they need to correct their behaviour. One-to-one support from UK-qualified teachers is also essential and can have a massive impact on behaviour and the reintegration process.

If you would like to learn about EDClass and how this can be used for your students to build attendance and transform behaviour, call the team on 01909 568338, email or enquire for more information here. You can also download EDClass’s white paper on implementing supportive reintegration strategies to transform attendance challenges here.