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Creating inclusive classroom environments: Practical advice & ideas

How can we best support pupils who struggle with behaviour or emotional wellbeing? What does a positive, inclusive classroom environment look like? Virtual school headteacher Darren Martindale offers some advice and ideas

I have heard it said that nobody really teaches anybody anything. This particular philosophy states that true knowledge and understanding – the lessons that really matter – are always the things that we teach ourselves. All a teacher can do, ultimately, is to create the best possible environment for that learning to take place. Discuss...

Teachers often tell me that the emotional and behavioural needs of some of their pupils are becoming increasingly complex, requiring a very different approach or more specialist support than ever before. In such cases, some schools (understandably) are not sure where to turn for help, or how to respond wisely or appropriately to such disruptive, “difficult” or even dangerous behaviour.

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