Better Physical Control = Better Emotional Control = Better Behaviour

Breaking the avoidance cycle and re-engagement with learning

So, you are an 8 year old child who is trapped in a failure cycle with your learning. It’s literacy time and you know that you aren’t going to be able to do what your friends can. Even if you try really hard the letters just won’t put themselves in the right order and you end up feeling frustrated.

Over time you find it easier to avoid having to engage in classroom tasks, perhaps by refusing to go into the classroom or once in the classroom working on ways to be able to leave. As your frustration really grows and your self-esteem depletes you may even end up lashing out.

By introducing the STEP Programme you can let these children access a daily, rewarding programme that re-builds that connection between effort and success. By helping pupils feel more confident in themselves and gradually increasing their ability to concentrate on tasks they are able to start their re-engagement journey and access learning again.

Our schools report that the pupils who take part in the STEP Programme see a significant reduction in the number of violent outbursts and school exclusions. By gaining better physical self-control and awareness STEP pupils become better at confidently articulating themselves.

Teaching children about the theory of growth mindset is becoming more widely adopted. They are taught to use affirmative language and demonstrate that they understand “I can’t do it yet but with practice I will be able to”. Growth mindset thinking can be extremely powerful and STEP is physically demonstrative of the link between practice and success.

“STEP is a great way to engage young children into improved progress.”

Professor Geraint Jones, - Dean of Education, The University of Buckingham

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