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Contracting

The success or otherwise of any support interventions with pupils requires effective partnership working. Using the Transactional Analysis model of contracting can prove to be a particularly useful approach. It emphasises the need to ensure that the expectations of all parties - in this instance the pupil, the classteacher, other staff eg support staff and parents/carers - are taken into consideration before the support is agreed. Questions to guide this process might include: 'How will each of the parties - the pupil, the teacher, support staff etc - know that the support has been effective?' ' 'What resources are needed?'- including the provision of a room etc - practicalities that can sometimes be overlooked but that also have a significant impact upon the success or otherwise of the support.

Further questions can be found on the linked documents below.

A typical contract triangle in relation to supporting a pupil might look like this:

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This can be extended to include other partners:

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Click here for more information on using contracting with pupils to support them in reflecting upon their behaviour

Click here for an example of contracting questions to support target setting around behaviour

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