Behaviour and Engagement

Changing and Managing Behaviour

At Woodstock, many of our pupils have struggled to manage their behaviour. Our Policy, which you can read here, talks about not only managing behaviour, but about supporting the children to first learn to understand, then to manage, then to learn to change their own behaviour.

It’s all about learning here at Woodstock. You won’t hear us talk much about behaviour, we talk more about engagement, because it’s difficult behaviour that inhibits engagement with learning. We have a number of interventions to support this engagement including our Learning Mentor, The Thrive approach, Therapeutic horse riding, Horticulture, the school animals, Mainstream experience and access to some CAMHS support. Here is a little more about our Learning Mentor and Thrive. If you would like to know more about our engagement interventions, contact the school office.
The Thrive Approach
Below you can read a little bit about the program we use in school to support the emotional and social development of all our children. Thrive is becoming widely used in Devon as well as many other parts of the UK because it has been so successful in helping children who have difficulty learning to get back on track. Four of our school staff have undertaken Thrive practitioner training and all other staff have received basic Thrive training.

The reason we like using the Thrive approach is that it helps us to further understand why children behave in the ways they do. The approach is based on the most up-to-date knowledge about the way our brains develop, about child development and attachment issues and it strongly promotes the use of creativity and the arts.

Central to the approach is a computer programme that helps us, alongside families, to identify any “interruption” in a child’s emotional and social development. It gives us clear, simple strategies to use with the child to support them to do the emotional learning that may have been missed. If these strategies are used repeatedly at home and at school, they will accelerate brain development and help the child with relationships and their learning.

We have lots of programmes and interventions at school that we use to help those children who are struggling with curriculum areas such as reading, writing or maths. Thrive will be the main programme we use to help us improve children’s emotional and social development. We hope you will see improvements in their confidence, their friendships and their behaviour as well as their interest in learning at school.

There are all sorts of unavoidable things that happen in family life that can affect and sometime slow down a child’s readiness to learn. These might include bereavement, moving to live in a new place, family illness, separation, a frightening accident....... or sometimes a child might have an anxiety about something that to us seems small but to the child seems very big. Thrive gives us lots of strategies for helping a child through these difficulties and traumas.

Parents will be invited to help plan the best possible programme for their child. Sometimes this will include individual and/or small group work. Do come to talk to us about Thrive – we think you will find it interesting.