I was watching Educating Yorkshire last night, this week’s focus was Robbie-Joe. There is a Robbie-Joe in every year group, usually flagged up from his primary’s concerned SENCO.
There are some pupils you just can’t help but like. Even the most difficult can be sensitive and show their vulnerability. As Head of Year, you will see sides to some pupils which other teachers can’t, won’t and will never. It is hard when the Head of Maths is jumping up and down with fury to balance it with your knowledge of a pupil’s home life and implement the school’s behaviour management policy. So what do you do?
1) Tell your colleagues a little background about the pupil’s home-life. I am sure someone will yelp ‘what about confidentiality?’ to which my answer is this: we are all professionals and if helps a child to flourish, to find support, share it. But not…
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