"The world is full of *%#@ing words and I can't read any of them!"
So, where would you start with that Year Seven student - the swearing or the illiteracy?
For Adele, behaviour is the response to an unmet need. In so many cases, the worse the behaviour, the more that student is trying to say.
At a time where a zero-tolerance, no-excuses attitude towards classroom discipline is effectively state sanctioned, it is refreshing to find a behaviour specialist who knows that there is always another way when it comes to behaviour and classroom management.
An approach that is about inclusion, understanding and support and not simply exclusion, control and power. Which, of course, doesn't mean to say Adele is soft on poor behaviour. Far from it. It's just that she has a bigger battle to fight. One for - and not against - that child.
Which is why we are so pleased to have Adele as one of our newest Associates as an antidote to other approaches to behaviour which we know do not sit well with so many educators in our schools.
For over 18 years, Adele has taught in mainstream secondary schools, in Pupil Referral Units, in Alternative Provision and in SEND and SEMH schools as well as mentoring teachers and trainees and being a visiting lecturer at the University of Brighton. She has built a nationwide reputation for supporting schools where behaviour is an issue but where the values of the leadership team and the wider school community are all about support, understanding and growth, not getting cross, getting rid and covering up.
What separates Adele's work from so many other 'behaviour gurus' is that she is not selling a programme, a system or a set of procedures. For her, children are neither a collection of data nor are they child-sized learning machines - they are human beings who need understanding, connection and support most of all at this critical time in their lives.
Thank for speaking, it really resonated with a lot of the issues we face in my school, lots to think about and implement!
Invaluable, unlike any other training I’ve had. It surpassed my expectations – I’ve got so many new ideas.
I think the training you gave today was remarkable and is going to make such a marked difference.
Inspiring workshop that has directly affected my planning and teaching. I am now thinking very differently than I did before this session.
I feel more confident approaching young people, building relationships with them and making clear, kind requests.
Modeling - and expecting from others - flexibility and creativity when it comes to bringing the best out of all children and young people, Adele shows how every teacher can learn solutions and approaches that will work with that Monday morning class or that Friday afternoon one.
For Adele, the key is to see behaviour as communication and she shows teachers how their job is to listen to - and respond to - whatever umnet need is being expressed in a way that values the child without condoning or accepting the behaviour.
In this way relationships can be built in the classroom that help create an environment where everyone can learn and be part of something positive and supportive.
Whether it's identifying strategies to help deal with the 'naughty ones', the ones who just can't sit still or that child who knows just where your trigger point is and how to hit is, Adele shares strategies and ideas that never lose sight of the human beings in the room or the power of kindness in our interactions.
And she is proof that you don't have to me a male, an authoritarian or a 'geezer' to bring out the highest levels of behaviour and respect in children and young people.
What's more, Adele has a depth of understanding and experience when it comes to matters around SEND and SEMH and that all-important distinction between behaviour modification and the need for specific and targeted interventions to address specific learning needs.
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