Dave Whitaker on how to create and use ‘Unconditional Positive Regard’ in your School.
Ollie Frith from Pivotal Podcast spoke to Dave Whitaker, Executive Head at Springwell Special Academy in Barnsley.
Unconditional positive regard for students
This is something which has been borrowed from the counselling and therapeutic areas. It’s a metaphor, an ethos or a set of values – it should be something you see and feel as you walk round the building. It’s all about being authentic, showing that you really do believe in the children.
This is a phrase coined by some visiting headteachers and Dave has now adopted it. It led him to understand some deep truths about his school and why it succeeds: