Counting days

With school trips coming up shortly, there are steps that a school can take to prevent or at least markedly decrease levels of homesickness.

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Mentoring and Problem Behaviour

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Evaluations of planned mentoring show little evidence of positive behaviour change. Indeed, there is potential for mentoring to make things worse. This article summarises the characteristics of successful schemes and highlights possible pitfalls to be avoided by those planning such programmes.

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“If-then” plans


“If-then” plans are an effective way of helping to achieve goals, especially when faced with temptation, a bad mood, lethargy, anxiety and depression. more paws →

School Phobia 1: reducing anxiety

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A day at school is not every child’s idea of fun. Where do you start your investigation of a school refuser?

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“Choice Giving” and Choice Theory


Even though it is done with the best of intentions, the way in which some teachers  use the word “choice” may do more harm than good.  This post  explains why some schools’ versions of “choice-giving” has limited value, and how the therapeutic use of choice-giving can be introduced to empower, rather than control,  children.

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7 Deadly Habits that Destroy Relationships


When we attempt to control another person, we tend to use one or more of the 7 Deadly Habits. Glasser encourages us to identify our disconnecting habits and replace them with new, connecting behaviours.

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