Topic outline

  • Behaviour

    Behaviour is a very wide topic as it is:

    "The way in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially towards others" or "the way in which an animal or person behaves in response to a particular situation or action/environment or stimulus".

    In settings it is also considered "behaviour that interferes with a person's own learning or that of their peers".

    This area for parents/carers looks at behavioural, social and emotional difficulties.

    • Behaviour Videos

      Making Sense of Challenging Behaviour

      • Positive Strategies and Links

        This area has ideas for positive strategies that have been tried and tested in Area A special schools. They are considered as part of a behaviour management programme that is specific for each  person.

        Reward times and positive strategies are very important to consider with each individual as they build self esteem and confidence and present positive role models and social norms to the person with behavioural difficulties.

        This section looks at de-escalation and positive strategies that are used in the Special school community to support children's behaviour at that specific time.

        These strategies are based on good practice guidance and  individualised for that specific pupil. 


        • Behaviour Basics

          This section covers the ABC of behaviour.

          A   ANTECEDENTS         events/situations that lead to certain behaviours

          B   BEHAVIOUR            how a person behaves as a result

          C  CONSEQUENCES   the actions taken by the adult/parent/carer as a result of the behaviour

          Ethos should be positive, purposeful, and where a person feels valued. The person needs to be able to trust and feel safe and supported. The place should also have elements of organisation/routine and be fun.

          It is important to discuss the behaviour not the person, to continue to build trust and increase that person's self esteem and confidence.

          Look for opportunities to praise and catch the person doing the right behaviours and celebrate success. "I can..." positive statements re-enforce this.

          • Ideas to Support Behaviour

            This section gives some additional ideas from special schools in area A.

            Reward Charts

            Reward charts are a good way to motivate children to improve behaviours.  Make sure that you make it clear what is required to earn the reward, and make sure the reward is achievable.  There is plenty of advice on using reward charts successfully on the internet and there are also many different styles of charts that can be purchased.  However there are a large number of reward charts that can be downloaded and printed for free - or they can easily be made at home.  The important thing is to find a style that your child is happy with and that motivates them.

            Behaviour Contracts

            Behaviour contracts are a great way to set out what sort of behaviour is expected from a child or young person.  The contract should be set out clearly with lots of positive statements about what behaviour is expected in order to earn certain rewards or privileges.  It should also clearly state the consequences if positive behaviour isn't maintained.  Any contract agreed with a child or young person should be clearly displayed (e.g. pinned up in the kitchen, stuck to the fridge door) so they are in no doubt as to what is expected of them.  There are plenty of free downloadable and printable contracts available on line, including ones that are appropriate for younger children, or for teenagers.

            Behaviour Logs

            Behaviour logs are similar in layout to reward charts, but the aim is to record different types of behaviour that are being displayed by the child.  The chart should include times and dates of behaviour to help identify any patterns or trends.  Again, there are many good examples on line.

          • Useful Websites

            The following websites offer a broad range of information and advice on behavioural related issues.

          • West Sussex Local Offer Information

            This area links to the West Sussex Local Offer site in terms of areas of support related to behaviour.