Making relational behaviour management work in schools

In this class, David is joined by Dave Whitaker, author of The Kindness Principle: Making relational behaviour management work in schools’. They discuss the value of strong relational practice in schools and how this can compliment behaviour policy, creating an environment where children and young people feel safe and connected even when they make poor choices.

Making Relational Behaviour Management Work in Schools (19:24)

  • ‘The Kindness Principle’ – Batter them with kindness
  • Creating a culture of empathy and acceptance
  • Simplicity from complexity – making it work for your practice
  • The value of good relational practice – some examples

'The Kindness Principle' book

Publication date: April 2021
Format: Paperback
R.R.P: £16.99

The discussions mention Dave Whitaker’s recent book, ‘The Kindness Principle: Making relational behaviour management work in schools’.

The book begins with the idea that relationships should be at the heart of behaviour management and culture, and sets out the ways in which the adoption of relational approaches can help create safer and happier schools. Schools where all staff and learners are valued and understood, where expectations and standards are high, and where kindness and acceptance matter.

Topics covered in the book include:

  • restorative approaches
  • unconditional positive regard
  • building personal resilience
  • structures and routines
  • the ins and outs of rewards and sanctions

The book is available to purchase via the ‘Independent Thinking Press’ website or your preferred book retailer… books/teachingskills/the-kindness-principle/

Suggested Additional Reading

Dave Whitaker covered a number of topics during this discussion. We have compiled some additional reading materials that explore some these subjects in greater detail. If you like, you can access this information via the ‘Materials’ tab at the top of the page.

Having explored what is meant by ‘The Kindness Principle’ and the foundations of good relational behaviour management in schools, in the next class David C and Dave W go a step further – considering the need for strong co-regulation…“we need to invite a child into our calm, rather than us joining them in their chaos”.