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A School Without Sanctions

Written by Steven Baker & Mick Simpson

Key Stage 4 Parenting Books Reference Books

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A School Without Sanctions moves the focus away from the short-term management of challenging behaviour in schools towards long-term strategies to modify behaviour

A new approach to behaviour management

A book packed with sound advice and made more relevant because the writers are teachers and have put their advice into action. Evidence based practice is always the best. There are so many useful phrases and practical tips and quotes. Phrases like ‘never leave a child with no where to go, behaviourally or educationally’, or ‘a burnt-out teacher cannot foster positive relationships’ and the ‘importance of personal space’ are particularly memorable examples.

The style is informal and chatty and clearly laid out. I like the key ‘learning point’ boxes at the end of each chapter and the interesting examples of successes had with previous pupils.

On occasions however, the examples are a little too lengthy and a little too personal. Whilst not prudish in any way, I did not think the swear words added much to the narrative or the over personalisation of ‘Steve’ or ‘Mick’ in the chapter overviews.

Whilst I respected the scientific research that had gone into the reasons behind why children behave as they do, I think it would be fair to say that most educators want solutions and answers. Not because they do not care or are not interested in the science, but because they just do not have the time. For me, the interesting chapters were those that provided solutions to situations and offered practical help to real life scenarios. 

There were certainly many useful, thought provoking messages and theories throughout the book that we can all learn from.

Rosie Watch

A School Without Sanctions Synopsis

Steven Baker and Mick Simpson explain why challenging behaviour occurs and help primary and secondary teachers to meet it with compassion instead of punishment for the long-term benefits of the whole school community. Drawing on their experiences in challenging environments, such as pupil referral units and young offender institutions, the authors explore their strategies for managing behaviour without sanctions.

A School Without Sanctions moves the focus away from the short-term management of challenging behaviour in schools towards long-term strategies to modify behaviour.

Drawing on neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, Steven Baker and Mick Simpson help teachers understand the causes of challenging behaviour and offer practical solutions that can be implemented in every classroom to improve relationships with students, boost student mental health and self-esteem, and protect teacher wellbeing.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472974525
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Steven Baker & Mick Simpson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Education an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 4
Topics: For Parents, Politics & Law, Reference Books

About Steven Baker & Mick Simpson

Steven Baker FCCT is the Executive Headteacher of two outstanding schools in Merseyside that cater for children aged five to 16 with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties. The schools are both currently rated as outstanding in all areas and have won a range of national awards for their compassionate, collaborative approach; in 2018 the Department for Education cited the primary school as an example of best practice in mental health due to its focus on supporting pupil and staff wellbeing. Steven has held a range of leadership roles, is a former Ofsted inspector and regularly delivers national keynotes. With Mick, ...

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