All pupils referred to Lindsworth have some form of difficulty in the area of behaviour. To help pupils overcome these problems, the school operates procedures of Behaviour Management that encompass a number of different approaches.
Rewards feature highly and, at morning assembly each Friday, pupils receive praise and recognition for their achievements not just in schoolwork but also for effort, conduct, attendance and helpfulness.
Every pupil has an allocated member of staff as a "Minder" who will meet with them regularly to oversee their general well being and help them with any difficulties. Minders encourage pupils in both schoolwork and relationships with other staff and pupils.
These relationships and communications between staff and children act as an on-going therapeutic intervention. This encourages pupils to take greater control over their actions and to look at ways how things could be done differently, thus reinforcing that young person’s positive expression of themselves. A result of this improved self image is that many pupils then make great improvements in their interpersonal and interaction skills.
Pupils carry a daily contract sheet on which teachers will award them marks for each 15 minutes of the school day. "8" is seen as a high score, but less than "4" is regarded as a concern and usually results in some form of advice being given or consequences.
These consequences can take the form of "time out" maybe for as little as 15 minutes or a "Close Supervision" for serious offences or, sometimes, the loss of evening activities. In all cases though, the aim of consequences is not to punish pupils but to help bring about a better attitude.
The contract sheet will also have individual targets or goals printed on it, highlighting particular areas that pupils wish to make improvement in. Before lunch and at the end of each school day, the contracts are discussed in the home unit and praise, or reparation, may follow.