1st Edition

Relationship-based Learning A Practical Guide to Transforming Children’s Behaviour

By Janet Packer, Nia MacQueen, Patricia Day Copyright 2023
    254 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Relationship-based Learning provides a helpful range of accessible strategies, approaches, practical ideas and guidance on how to implement Behaviour for Learning for children with social, emotional and mental health issues, as well as those at risk of exclusion from school.

    This essential resource explores the conceptual framework of Ellis and Tod’s highly effective Behaviour for Learning conceptual framework, with each chapter featuring practical strategies and foundations that can be used at an organisational or whole-school level, as well as in the classroom. It includes tried-and-tested structures and strategies which have been proven to improve the learning and behaviour of children. The implementation of the Behaviour for Learning framework has been evidenced to have a significant impact on the quality of teaching and learning with outstanding and, in some cases, exceptional outcomes for all learners. The strategies and approaches explored in this book are relevant for teaching children in any school or alternative provision, especially those with social, emotional and mental health needs.

    Relationship-based Learning is a must-read for practitioners, senior leaders, teachers and support staff, outreach services and multi-agency staff who are committed to improving outcomes for children with social, emotional and mental health needs.

    1. The best thing about our school is learning  2. Vision to action  3. Professional learning  4. Developing our assessment tool  5. The golden thread  6. Changemakers  7. Promoting Behaviour for Learning across schools  8. Transforming learning  Appendix 1. Primary Inclusion Development Service Behaviour for Learning Assessment for Staff  Appendix 2. Process for Primary Inclusion Development Service  Appendix 3. Joint Intervention Tool  Appendix 4. Joint Action plan  Appendix 5. Joint Evaluation of Intervention  Appendix 6. Review, Evaluation, Next Steps  Appendix 7. Request for AP Academy Placement  Appendix 8. Courtyard Partnership Agreement  Appendix 9. Mainstream Feedback  Appendix 10. Example of Completed Mainstream feedback  Appendix 11. Parent/Carers Questionnaire  Appendix 12. Pupils Questionnaire


    Janet Packer is an experienced leader in education with a passion for children having a love for learning. Her experience, including roles as an advisor, inspector, headteacher and head of school, underpins her belief that all children should be provided with the best tools to enable them to thrive and be successful. It is this drive that inspired her to lead the implementation of Behaviour for Learning across Primary Inclusion Development Service and the Courtyard AP Academy.

    Nia MacQueen is an experienced mainstream and additional learning needs teacher, headteacher and trainer who has worked and effectively alongside staff in a range of settings to build capacity and improve outcomes. She also led on Behaviour for Learning and its development at the Courtyard AP Academy.

    Patricia Day is a teacher, trainer and consultant who has over 20 years’ experience in the primary education sector. She has worked as a classroom teacher, outreach behaviour support teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator. In her role as lead teacher she led the development of the assessment of Behaviour for Learning across the Primary Inclusion Development Service. She has particular interests in pupil voice and nurturing in schools.

    "Inspiring story of incredible practice that is so rich with detail. This is not just the why, but the how. Thoroughly recommended for anyone working with children who struggle to regulate their behaviours."

    Paul Dix, Behaviour Specialist, Author of When the Adults Change, Education Reformer