Sarah Johnson, President of PRUsAP, author of Behaving Together: A Teacher’s Guide to Nurturing Behaviour, Head of Behaviour and Inclusion and Director of Phoenix Education Consultancy
In Changing Perceptions Graham Chatterley guides us through a number of steps to better understand children’s complex behaviour. Rooted in relational practice, neuroscience, restorative and trauma-informed approaches, Graham weaves in case studies to help educational practitioners develop a nuanced approach to behaviour.
Graham does not shy away from the high end of complex behaviour relating to neglect and trauma, which at times can be upsetting to read but is an area which those that work in SEMH schools and alternative provision may be more used to. This means that this is a book that would suit those who don’t want to just dip in for a cursory understanding but who want to really get to the crux of changing their own perceptions in understanding and responding to the behaviour they see in front of them.
Graham’s book demystifies complexities around behaviour and relationships between adults and children, and breaks down and presents neuroscience more simply to help consider a different approach to zero tolerance or punitive sanctions in responding to behaviour.