Attachment Aware Schools: An Alternative to Behaviourism in Supporting Children’s Behaviour?

  • Richard Parker
  • Janet Rose
  • Louise Gilbert


The behaviourist paradigm is strongly engrained in English schools and much of the educational world (Harold & Corcoran, 2013; Hart, 2010). Current government policies (Department for Education, 2014a, 2014b, 2014c) and a school inspectorate system (Ofsted, 2014a) that explicitly endorse behaviourist principles have combined to reinforce a traditional view that children’s behaviour should be managed through a system of sanctions and rewards in order to improve their classroom performance and promote pro-social behaviour. It is fair to say that such a system can work…for most of the children, for most of the time. But what happens when it does not work?


Attachment Style Secure Attachment Attachment Theory Insecure Attachment Attachment Relationship 
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  1. 1.Institute of EducationBath Spa UniversityBathUK

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