A reflection on #behaviourchat: Managing Our Emotions

I was honoured to be asked to host #behaviourchat on the 23rd May 2016. Supporting student’s staff and parents with behaviour is a huge part of my role. I have always said in posts and in training “I am not an expert” but I do have a lot of experience in this area – with the students I work with.


I love gaining insight into other peoples views and approaches. It was fantastic to have input from parents and carers as well. I am going to summarise some of the responses to the questions below. Everyone who contributed did so from experience and suggested things that have worked for them. One of the benefits of a platform like twitter is you can gain insight from settings you yourself have never experienced. Often supporting young people who display challenging behaviour is a very emotional issue, but throughout the chat contributions were respectful of the challenges these children face when interacting in an often confusing world.

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Following incidents/challenging days what support is available to you?

How can we best support colleagues/carers with the impact of challenging behaviour?

What strategies do you use to maintain professional judgement/Keep Calm?

Who is the best person to carry out a debriefing?

How do you rebuild relationships following an incident/challenging situation?

What is the best advice you have received on unwinding after a challenging day?

Well this is a blog all by itself… click here to read it.



  1. EXPERT=a person who is very knowledgeable about or skilful in a particular area.
    BEHAVIOUR= outcome, symptom or action caused by a stimulus, thought or emotion
    I think you’ll find you are probably more of an expert on ‘behaviour’ than you think. For 7 years I was part of the Government’s Behaviour Strategy team and visited 300+ schools – despite the huge high quality research on ‘behaviour’ now available it is an area still far too poorly understood and discussed in depth. Having discovered Twitter less than a year ago, I think the role that you perform in trying to encourage people to share their concerns and suggestions is very helpful, well done Joe.

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