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Published books


I'm pleased to be in the process of writing two more books, in addition to Behaving Together in the Classroom.  Both books will be published by Routledge and are based on SEMH focusing on primary and secondary.


Behaving Together in the Classroom provides teachers with frameworks and processes to help them identify, understand and support the issues children bring to the classroom. Using a clear five step formula, the book explores the perspectives of children, to guide teachers as they support them within the school environment.

The book explores the nature of emotional health and well-being and the real implications of this on the way children are seen to act within the school. Rather than punishing unwanted behaviour, the book begins with the assumption that behaviour is our innate form of communication, that should be supported rather than controlled. It recognises the network of relationships within a school’s community and provides helpful resources to support a child’s inclusion in school life, including: 


  • Case studies highlighting the potential complexities of children’s lives

  • Perspectives on a range of educational contexts, including Pupil Referral Units and schools outside the mainstream

  • Clear definitions explaining frequently used technical or medical jargon 

  • Reflection points to develop teaching practice and confidence

Behaving Together is a key reflective tool for teachers and those interested in the pastoral care of children.  

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Phil Beadle

Reading it would make any mainstream teacher a better professional. I felt cleansed by it.

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Steve Walters

Drawing on her substantial experience of working in Pupil Referral Units and Alternative Provision, Sarah Dove provides a helpful and wide-ranging overview of the factors - personal and organisational - that can affect pupils' behaviour.

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Cath Kitchen

This book is full of practical strategies outlining collaborative approaches to supporting positive behaviours.

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Ms E J Hollis

I was hooked from the start of this book. It offers insight into real life, first hand experience of working with a range of young people. It is honest and inspiring.
This book should be read by all and would make the basis of excellent CPD for whole school inset. Reading this will enhance understanding of how young people communicate through their behaviour and offers practical solutions to supporting them through the challenges they face

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Mr R. Clutterbuck

This book should be read by anyone interested in how to solve the problem of behaviour in schools. For me, Behaving Together in the Classroom coupled with Tom Bennett's Running the Room are the two books anyone will ever need to get behaviour right in schools.

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