3 Reasons we're
All of our staff have completed at least the basic training in Choice Theory/Reality Therapy. This training is an intensive 4-day workshop run by the organisation Developing Youth Practice.
The main Choice Theory Model was developed by Dr William Glasser, an American psychiatrist. Choice Theory is aimed at helping people gain more effective control over their lives. The theoretical base comes from “internal control” psychologies – ones that see behaviour as motivated from within rather than by external forces.
Reality Therapy is a form of counselling and training based on a positive and optimistic view of human behaviour. It is a very warm and empowering method of counselling and problem solving based on Choice Theory.
“The Write Time provides student’s with the opportunity to improve their life chances and have a positive future.”
We believe that all behaviour is motivated by the five basic human needs of: Survival, Love & Belonging, Power, Freedom, and Fun
We are always trying to balance what we believe we want, and what we believe we are getting.
We express this through our Total Behaviour – the way we Act, the way we Think, the way we Feel, and our body’s Physiology.
We believe that we can choose the way that we Act and Think, and that our Feelings and Physiology will be determined by these choices.
Choice Theory believes that:
- everyone is doing the best that they can at any one time to satisfy their basic human needs and give them the most effective control over their lives
- the only people we can control are ourselves, and any attempt to control other people will almost certainly not work
- everybody has what we call a Quality World – a personal picture album in our heads where we store images of the people we most want to be with, the things we most want to own or experience and the ideas, values and beliefs that are important to us.
We believe that:
- encouraging our community to use more of the Seven Caring Habits: Supporting, Encouraging, Listening, Accepting, Trusting, Respecting, and Negotiating Differences will have a positive impact
- encouraging our community to use less of the Seven Deadly Habits: Criticising, Blaming, Complaining, Nagging, Threatening, Punishing, Bribing or Rewarding to Control will have a positive impact
- focusing on the present and the future is the key to success. The past is important, but only to reflect on our previous success stories rather than dwelling on regrets
- every part of our total behaviour – including our Thoughts, our Feelings, our Actions, and our Physiology – are choices, and we all have the power to change the path we are on
We work cohesively with parents, partner schools, and other professionals to ensure that both academic progression and pastoral care are strengthened and students are holistically supported through their learning journey.
Through small teaching groups and one-to-one structured support from an Outreach Development Worker, we aim to ensure that each of our students always works to the best of his or her ability and has access to the entire curriculum in an inclusive environment.
We are aware that many young people come to us after numerous disappointments from incompatible learning environments. For this reason, every decision we make for The Write Time programme is designed to meet the individual development needs and aspirations of each student on a unique basis to enable them to reach their educational aspirations.
Every member of our staff holds current and previous experience with students with a wide variety of additional needs (including support for dyslexia, autism, ADHD, asthma, and epilepsy). Whenever necessary, we ensure our staff receive additional training to provide our students with the best experience possible.
Personal Social Skills
The Write Time Independent School employs full-time specialist Outreach Development Tutors (ODTs) to work alongside our teachers and support positive behaviour in our young students. Each young person is assigned their own ODT to coach them through their journey at The Write Time.
During this partnership, each student is given a Personal Development Plan to work through with their ODT. This plan reviews what the student is good at, what skills they want to develop, and any barriers to learning that they hold. The student then sets goals that focus on the 8 Personal Social Skills: Positive Behaviour, Time Management, Critical Thinking, Effort, Teamwork, Communication, Leadership, and Negotiation.
Our ODTs are also responsible for creating regular high impact activities that stretch young people’s comfort zones, such as sports, climbing, abseiling, canoeing, and hill walking. These opportunities challenge our young people to challenge themselves, develop coping strategies for managing fear and anger, and stretch their comfort zones. They also deliver a wide range of non-academic sessions that look at wider society, healthy eating, their economic wellbeing regarding studies/college applications/jobs, etc., and their safety both at and away from The Write Time.
“Senior management spend considerable time involving and engaging the team in the organisations vision and objectives.”
- Investors in People
Choice Theory contends that every single part of our behaviour – thoughts, feelings, physiology, and ‘doings’ is a choice.
Although feelings and physiology are harder to have any choice over, we do have free choice when it comes to our thoughts and ‘doings’, and these impact on the former two.
Glasser’s theory is that nobody can ‘make’ us do or feel anything, as all we do is give or receive information. It is our choice how we perceive or filter the information, and it is our choice how we respond to it.
Glasser’s term ‘Quality World’ refers to all the significant things or people and relationships that are important to us.
Glasser came to the conclusion that all behaviour is driven from the inside, regardless of external influences. We are all in control of our own choices and every behaviour is a choice.
“Staff enable pupils to show initiative and contribute positively to society.”