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Behaviour: Check yourself before tackling flashpoints

Changing the way we deal with behaviour incidents will help children build strong foundations for their learning, says Viv Trask-Hall

As a former primary headteacher I have had my fair share of dealing with incidents of distressed behaviour.

I remember once sitting outside a toilet cubicle, trying to persuade a very distressed child to come out. The child was worried about a sports day race and it all became too much for her. She ran out of the classroom, shouting and screaming and disrupting the learning of others, before locking herself in the cubicle.

I could have dealt with what was, at face value, aggressive, unreasonable and disruptive behaviour by providing a punishment. However, this would not have prevented incidents like it from happening again in the future.

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