Engaging Pupils with SEMH and Other Behaviour Needs with Adele Bates

Behaviour is communication, it doesn’t just come out of nowhere and is only the tip of the iceberg. With more than 40 pupils being excluded daily for behaviour-related problems, it is evident that the system is not effectively addressing the issue.

We have another new guest speaker this week, Adele Bates a Behaviour and Education Specialist! Adele joins Dale to discuss ‘Engaging Pupils with SEMH and other behaviour needs’. It requires a tailored approach that takes into account the individual needs and strengths of each pupil. Adele takes us through some strategies that can be effective in engaging pupils with SEMH and other behaviour needs, such as:

  • Building relationships
  • Understanding neurological development
  • Rules/non-negotiables
  • Regulation

Listen to hear how engaging pupils with SEMH and other behaviour needs requires a compassionate and flexible approach, that takes into account the individual needs and strengths of each pupil.

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About Adele Bates

Behaviour and Education Specialist, International Keynote Speaker & Author

“I’ve had juice poured on my head, been whacked by a skateboard – and have taught a year 7 pupil who has experienced severe trauma, how to read their first ever word…”

Adele Bates empowers school leaders and teachers to support pupils with behavioural needs and SEMH to thrive with their education. She’s an award winning International Keynote Speaker, a featured expert on teenagers and behaviour for BBC Radio 4, the author of “Miss, I don’t Give A Sh*t,” Engaging with Challenging Behaviour in Schools, from Sage & Corwin Press, and is a fully funded International Researcher in Finland, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica on Behaviour & Inclusion, as well as teaching for nearly 20 years… For her tips and resources check out adelebateseducation.co.uk.

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Adele’s book ‘Miss, I don’t give a s**t’ is available to purchase. She shares practical approaches, strategies and tips from the classroom on how to help pupils with behavioural needs thrive with their education.


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