1st Edition

Building Community to Create Equitable, Inclusive and Compassionate Schools through Relational Approaches

By Joan G Mowat Copyright 2023
    312 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book draws on an extensive international literature and policy context, from a wide range of fields of enquiry, to challenge the orthodoxies and systemic issues that serve to marginalise children and young people and lead the way for schools to become more equitable, inclusive and compassionate in their practice.

    With a particular focus on children with social, emotional and behavioural/mental health needs, it critiques policy and practice as they pertain to behaviour management and school discipline in the UK and the USA, and offers alternative perspectives based on collaborative and relational approaches to promoting positive behaviour and building community. Each chapter features reflection points to provoke discussion as well as offering additional suggested reading, culminating in a discussion of the role of school leaders in leading for social justice.

    Ultimately, this book will be of benefit to scholars, researchers and students working in the fields of behaviour management, inclusion and special needs education, and education, policy and politics more broadly. It will also offer substantial appeal to education professionals, school leaders and those with a locus on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

    Lists of Figures 
    Lists of Tables 
    Lists of Charts and Boxes 
    List of Acronyms

    Introduction: Making a Difference to the Lives of Children and Young People 
    Part I: Understanding the Drivers for Change within the System: The Policy Context 
    Chapter 1 Understanding the Policy Context: The Macrosytem  
    Chapter 2 Inclusive Education: Challenges, Tensions and Dilemmas  
    Part II: Exploring and Understanding the Problem 
    Chapter 3 Marginalisation, Social Exclusion and the Impact of Poverty on Children and Young People  
    Chapter 4 Schools as Places of Belonging or Exclusion: School Disaffection  
    Chapter 5 Understanding Social, Emotional and Behavioural Needs (SEBN)/Mental Health Needs (SEMHN)  
    Chapter 6 Looking through the Lens of Developmental Theory to Understand Social, Emotional and Behavioural Needs (SEBN)/Mental Health Needs (SEMHN)  

    Part III: Towards New Understandings: Challenging Orthodoxies and Building Community through Relational Approaches 
    Chapter 7 Challenging the Orthodoxies of Behaviour Management through an Examination of Power, Influence and Authority  
    Chapter 8 Challenging the Orthodoxies of Behaviour Management through a Focus on Policy and Practice 
    Chapter 9 Building Community through Nurture and Trauma-Informed Practice 
    Chapter 10 Building Community through Restorative Justice/Practice 
    Part IV: Empowering the School Community 
    Chapter 11 Working Collaboratively Together to Empower the School Community through Pupil Participation and Parental Engagement 
    Chapter 12 Empowering the School Community through Socially Just and Culturally Responsive Leadership 


    Dr. Joan G Mowat is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde and author of ‘Using Support Groups to Improve Behaviour,’ published by SAGE. She leads the ‘Into Headship’ programme for prospective headteachers. She has extensive experience in the classroom, latterly as Depute Head at Vale of Leven Academy. She undertook a short secondment as a national development officer for ‘Better Behaviour-Better Learning.’ Her principal research interests are the inclusion of children with social, emotional and behavioural needs, leadership for social justice and the relationship between poverty, attainment and wellbeing. Joan co-led a highly successful Scottish Universities Insight Seminar Series on this topic.

    'This is an important and scholarly book for all those interested in children’s welfare, well-being and successful learning. It offers new insights about creating truly inclusive school communities and offers hope to marginalised young people.' Emerita Professor Pamela Munn, Former Dean, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

    'This book offers a compelling alternative perspective to the traditional views of behaviour management in schools. The proposed alternative, focusing on humanistic and relational approaches, is deep and refreshing, a much needed analysis to move towards more inclusive schooling.' Professor Sulochini Pather, Institute of Childhood and Education, Leeds Trinity University, UK

    'With current policy and guidance in England veering towards zero-tolerance approaches, isolation rooms and punishment in schools, this book offers an empathetic alternative based on social justice, equity and compassion. Never mind Tom Bennett – Joan Mowat should be advising the DFE.' Dr David Colley, Associate Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University

    'In questioning the nature and purposes that education should serve, Joan Mowat’s focus on meeting the needs of all young people, in and with their communities, gives new insight, hope and courage to all educators that schools can be equitable, inclusive and compassionate, and that authentic and lasting change is possible through strengthening relationships, creating empowering cultures and environments and building community.' Margery McMahon, Professor of Educational Leadership & Head of the School of Education, University of Glasgow.