As schools are making efforts to include children with emotional and behavioural problems, teachers are having to deal with angry and violent pupils almost every day. Paul Blum's latest book offers a recognisable, blunt and truthful account of widespread and often quite horrendous problems affecting teachers today, and offers practical strategies and solutions. He provides basic day-to-day guidance as well as help for the longer term PSHE planning for schools, based on his own adaptation of the highly successful 'Everyman' project.
Issues discussed include a practical survey for teachers on the types of incidents they have to deal with, where anger comes from, the problems that anger causes, and strategies which can be used to help individual pupils.
A teacher's inability to deal with difficult pupils can affect their professional and personal life, as well as their ability to successfully teach all their pupils. This essential book offers guidance when they need it most, offering a life-line to teachers in difficult circumstances.
'At its heart, Mr Blum is a teacher with vast experience in some of our worst schools … [His book] is a clear and useful set of proposals for how schools could try rewarding students, rather than punishing them, and try to avoid conflict rather than scaring students out of bad behaviour. - Joe Plomin, Guardian Unlimited
'The book is a lively and disturbing read. It is very honest, but offers some practical and imaginative strategies for the ordinary teacher.' - Martin Allen, The Teacher