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Behaviour for Learning

Behaviour for Learning

In partnership with the National Behaviour Support Service the offering of support from a ‘Behaviour for Learning’ teacher has been another important addition to the catalogue of excellent supports for students in Moyne College. Most students find school a relatively easy place to work and get on in but for some students this is not the case. For them, school with its rules and pressures can be a very stressful place to spend time in. The reasons for this might include a difficult home life, a learning difficulty or some other reason that is impinging on a student’s ability to reach their potential. These stresses can often cause these students to exhibit behaviours which can hinder their educational progress. These behaviours can often mean that these students are often at risk of suspension and/or exclusion. Rather than responding to these behaviours with punishment and more punishment the ‘Behaviour for Learning’ programme is a proactive approach which seeks to remove and reduce the obstacles that are preventing the student from fulfilling their potential.

Students who are offered support may present with a variety of challenging behaviours, including social skills deficits; low self-esteem; difficult relationships with adults/peers; literacy and numeracy issues; poor concentration and attention difficulties in most subjects. The ‘Behaviour for Learning’ teacher works with identified students, individually or in small groups on Behaviour for Learning programmes that are designed to meet their social, emotional, positive health & wellbeing and behavioural and academic needs, so they can achieve and succeed in school.

The Behaviour for Learning teacher’s role also includes preventive strategies and early intervention approaches for all students. There are currently only 28 Behaviour for Learning Programme Teachers in post-primary schools throughout the country and Moyne College is lucky enough to be one of that number.

The following is a list of programmes that are currently being offered in the school as a result of our partnership with the NBSS

Why Try?

The 'Why Try?' programme is a strength-based approach to helping young people overcome their challenges and improve outcomes in the areas of truancy, behaviour, and academics. It is based on Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Social and Emotional Intelligence and Multi-Sensory Learning principles. The programme aims to improve student retention, academic performance and school climate

Parents Plus and Working Things Out

The Parents Plus Adolescents programme is a practical and positive evidence-based parenting course designed to support and empower parents to manage and solve behaviour problems, to create satisfying and enjoyable family relationships and assist young people to grow up to reach their full potential. The programme can be delivered as a general parenting programme targeted at parents who are dealing with the normal ups and downs of bringing up teenagers, and also as an intervention targeted at parents whose children are exhibiting specific behavioural, emotional and developmental problems. Working Things Out is a sister programme to the Parents Plus Adolescents programme. The programme contains the personal stories of adolescents who overcame personal problems in their lives such as Bullying, School Pressures, Conflict with Parents as well as mental health issues such as Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, Self-harm and Suicide.  The stories are illustrated by animation and graphics, narrated by young people and backed up by mental health information and handouts for facilitators/teachers. Working Things Out can be used as a preventative programme to educate adolescents about positive mental health


The ALERT Programme

The ALERT programme is an Occupational Therapy Intervention that aims to help students monitor, maintain and change their level of alertness so that it is appropriate to the situation or task. The programme identifies students’ sensory needs and preferences and encourages student use of sensory motor strategies to support self-regulation so that their engines are running ‘just right’. The strategies and activities taught can be incorporated into home and school routines.


Speed, Agility & Quickness - SAQ

"Students who present with challenging behaviour and movement difficulties are often defined by what they cannot do rather than what they can do" (SAQ International 2009). As a response to this belief, SAQ international developed a training programme, Special Education Movement (SEM), for students presenting with challenging behaviour and movement difficulties based on a system of progressive exercise and instruction aimed at developing fundamental motor abilities, balance, co-ordination and ultimately better control of body movement.


FRIENDS for Life'

The ‘FRIENDS for Life’ programme is a school-based positive mental health programme. The World Health Organisation cites ‘FRIENDS for Life’ as the only evidence-based programme effective at all levels of intervention for anxiety in children (WHO 2004). The programme helps students to develop effective strategies to deal with worry, stress and change and teaches the skills required to reduce anxiety and promote resilience. It is beneficial for all students, irrespective of their anxiety level. Teachers can run the programme as a whole school anxiety prevention programme, as a whole class or small group intervention or with an individual student.

Catch-up Literacy

Catch-up Literacy is a structured one-to-one reading intervention, carried out in two 15-minute individual teaching sessions each week. It includes elements of word, sentence and text level work and, where appropriate, oral language skills – the balance depending on the assessed individual needs of the student. The intervention begins with diagnostic/formative assessments enabling the teacher to set literacy targets, establish individual strengths and identify a focus for effective teaching, centered on a book of an appropriate level of difficulty.
During the two 15-minute sessions per week, per student, a range of skills, strategies and concepts are taught including phonological knowledge (visual and aural), sight recognition of high frequency words, cueing strategies and the links between reading and writing.

Check and Connect

Check and Connect is an intervention designed to enhance a student’s engagement at school and with learning. NBSS team members work with partner schools on the implementation of this intervention which consists of four key elements:
⦁ An adult mentor who keeps education relevant for students.
⦁ Systematic monitoring (the “check” component).
⦁ Timely and individualised intervention (the “connect” component).
⦁ Enhancing home-school communication and home support for learning.

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