Cloughwood is a school that caters for boys with significant emotional, behavioural and social difficulties. For the boys who will be joining us on Monday morning it will be for them, as well as for me, a fresh start. And one that I am really looking forward to.
This week will also be a fresh start for my Cub pack with a big focus – for the leaders at least – on behaviour management. Can you spot the parallels? We’ve adopted a new rewards system, using a display of coloured cards which link to points that the Cubs can earn as rewards for positive behaviour. It’s not complicated and it’s a system that’s been in use in schools and other organisations around the world for many years.
If you’re interested you can download our new Behaviour & Rewards Policy and supporting information from the Scout Group website.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to be blogging quite a bit about behaviour management, looking at how we as adults can deal with challenging behaviour when it happens or, even better, try to stop if happening in the first place. Realistically most of it will relate to Scouting, there are necessarily good reasons for me not to talk too much about my work, but hopefully it will be interesting nonetheless.