1st Edition

100 Strategies to Support Children’s Behaviour and Emotional Wellbeing A Practical Toolkit for the School Year

By Cath Hunter Copyright 2024
    192 Pages 11 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    192 Pages 11 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    192 Pages 11 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    Children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing are fundamental to their success in school and in later life. Full of practical ideas and insights, this interactive guide is designed to empower staff to make a difference to children’s wellbeing and behaviour by using simple and effective strategies that can easily be implemented throughout the school day.

    Taking staff on a journey through the school year, the book identifies issues that are relevant to children at certain times of the year, along with practical strategies to address those challenges. Each half term includes space for self-reflection and notes, with key questions to encourage practice evaluation. Based on the author’s extensive experience and conversations with staff working in primary schools, this book:

    • Provides school staff with an easy-to-use, accessible resource that promotes their understanding of children’s emotional wellbeing and behaviour
    • Introduces reflective language, which is fast, effective and easy to implement with proven results in developing better understanding of children’s wellbeing and increasing children’s emotional vocabulary in schools
    • Explores the impact of a child’s home life on their behaviour in school
    • Encourages staff to build up a personalised pool of resources to refer back to and use
    • Includes ideas for building insight into each child and collecting evidence of strategies which help with Education and Health Care Plans, review meetings, pupil progress and behaviour monitoring meetings with parents/other school staff

    Developing staff understanding and confidence in responding to and meeting children’s emotional and mental health needs, this invaluable guide will equip teaching assistants, teachers, special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and senior staff to support children in school and empower them to make a difference to children’s wellbeing and behaviour.

    About this book


    What is this child trying to tell me?

    What is reflective language?

    Section 1 - Settling in

    Section 2 - Christmas festivities

    Section 3 - Cementing relationships

    Section 4 - The challenging or demanding child

    Section 5 - The invisible child

    Section 6 - Transition




    Cath Hunter is a therapeutic consultant, trainer, play therapist and author with over 40 years’ experience of working with children and families. She has provided services to primary schools since 2004, including working with school staff to provide strategies and support for children’s emotional wellbeing and behaviour.

    ‘The strategies in this book are practical and help staff respond in a more appropriate way. Over time the strategies become part of normal classroom practice which helps staff develop an environment of mutual respect where children feel safe and are able to express feelings in a more appropriate way’ – Headteacher

    ‘I would recommend this book to anyone working with children. It changed the way I approached children, enabling me to be more focused on their emotional needs’ – Teaching Assistant

    ‘Using this guide has changed my everyday practice. I am now more able to see the child instead of the behaviour’ – SENCO

    ‘Using reflective language had an immediate and positive impact on my relationships with the children’ – Year 4 Teacher