Empower your staff to engage with challenging behaviour  in your school, so that all* of your pupils can learn

(*yep, even the tricky cherubs half hanging out the window)

Frustrated staff, anxious parents and pupils’ challenging behaviour getting in the way of learning…all your teachers are a bit stressed…

…there’s new government guidance and you need data to evidence an improvement on intervention impact since the start of term…

…and then there’s you.

You want to make a positive difference to all of your pupils’ lives and help lift their aspirations, so that even the ones with challenging behaviour can find enjoyment at school – and make academic progress.

You want to empower and inspire your staff in a meaningful way when it comes to supporting challenging behaviour across the school, so that each member of staff feels secure in adapting their learning for your pupils’ needs.

And you want to know what to do about Mo who is currently sat on the roof (again), so that you can start your own weekend…

“Thank you, I am feeling motivated now with behaviour, and you have shared so many tools and tips for my NQTs and RQTs – Thank you!” 

Natasha, Associate Head Teacher

Langdon Park School

I can help you to empower your staff to confidently manage behaviour

(so they can empower students with behavioural needs and delete the resignation letter that’s been sat in their email drafts for the past 6 months)

As a schools and education leader and speaker, I will help you gain the confidence needed to communicate effectively with staff when it comes to challenging behaviour; it’s a tricky topic, and there are many different approaches – we will find what works for you, so by the time we finish working together, you’ll have clear next steps on how you can make behaviour work for your school, for your staff and pupils on a Tuesday afternoon when the heating’s playing up in the mobile block and the guinea pig’s escaped from 5FR.

I can work with your leadership team, governors, teachers, trainees, pastoral staff, teaching assistants, parents and carers, pupils and even you one-to-one, so that each of you staff receive support that’s relevant to them and their role.


Here’s how you can (re)-inspire your staff, make a positive difference to all of your pupils and not spend every after school in detention yourself:

Book CPD Behaviour Training for your staff

For inspiring and practical sessions on supporting challenging behaviour

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Secure dedicated ongoing behaviour support

To have me as your personal adviser for behaviour work in your school

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Download online Behaviour CPD now

To get self-study or staff meeting behaviour content right away

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Buy “Miss, I don’t give a sh*t” – my new book

For practical behaviour approaches, case studies, tips and whole school strategies

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Or pick my brain for a one-off, 1-2-1 hr session.

I’ve had juice poured on my head, been whacked by a skateboard – and have taught a year 7 pupil who has experienced severe trauma, how to read their first ever word…

I’m Adele Bates, an international Behaviour and Education Specialist, public speaker and forthcoming author of “Miss, I don’t give a sh*t” Engaging with Challenging Behaviour in Schools”

In 2019, I was awarded a full grant to carry out an educational research trip in Finland to observe, teach, interview and learn about the Finnish Education System’s inclusive approach to education. This both confirmed and informed my approach to inclusion in schools – especially when it comes to behaviour; mainly, that it is our jobs as educators, schools and the education system at large, to keep our teaching approaches flexible enough to support all of our pupils so that they may thrive with their education; isolation and exclusion rarely lead to good results for our young people. To read more about my Finnish trip click here. 

My vision for education is one in which all differences are included and welcomed; education is flexible, relevant and leads towards positive social change.

I deliver training and keynotes for educational events and organisations across Europe, including TEDx 2020, the National Education Union and Amnesty International. I am the Educational Associate for Trauma Inform and an Associate on Behaviour with Independent Thinking. I am a contributing writer for education books: For Flourishing’s Sake, Big Gay Adventures in Education, Square Peg and The Big Book of Wellbeing

I have a First-Class Undergraduate Degree, a Master’s Degree and a PGCE.

With nearly 20 years’ teaching experience in a variety of settings: mainstream primary and secondary, Pupil Referral Units, Alternative Provision and Special Schools and leadership experience as the Lead on Equality and Diversity in a mainstream school, I work within a diverse range of educational settings. I train and mentor teachers and trainees and am a Behavioural Consultant for senior leaders and local authorities, advising on whole school approaches to behaviour.

 My business is 4 years old and regularly donates to educational and child-centred charities.

 To book me for your training or event please get in contact here.

Struggling to prevent exclusions, fighting to retain staff due to behaviour…

…seeking a culture shift around behaviour or looking to improve support for SEMH pupils?

I can support you on a dedicated ongoing retainer basis.

 Want to re-shift the culture around behaviour in your school…

…so that you’re not just firefighting?

Need advice on your behaviour policy…

…so that it does something other than sit in a (virtual) drawer?

Or need advice with strategies for specific SEMH pupils…

…so that you can prevent another child being excluded?

Dedicated ongoing behaviour support for your school

To have me as your personal adviser for behaviour work in your school

Here’s how you can work with me as your go-to-adviser for behaviour or SEMH focused needs in your school:

A 30 min call will be set up in advance to discuss how we will best work together.

Ongoing retainer bookings are for a minimum of 3 months and up to 12 months with 3 monthly review points.

I offer 5, 10 or 15 hours packages per month.

The time can to best suit your needs – these will be discussed in the initial call.

Examples are:

  • Audits of behaviour throughout your school
  • Meet with governors or middle leaders to discuss school wide strategies for behaviour improvement
  • Preparing for Ofsted
  • Advice on creating an SEMH unit within a mainstream school
  • Support with specific SEMH pupils
  • Leading meetings or information evenings with parents and carers
  • Guidance on behaviour and SEMH intervention strategies

Fees begin at £2500 per month


As part of our new venture in assigning an SEMH unit within our mainstream schools, our cluster of 3 schools asked for Adele’s support. She helped us by sharing her experiences and wisdom. We were able to tap into Adele’s knowledge when thinking about what the SEMH unit might look like and who might be our most effective members of staff to work with the children in the unit. With Adele’s ongoing support, we feel confident that we will be able to create a setting that will allow our most vulnerable pupils to thrive.

Rachel Tomlinson

Headteacher, Barrowford Primary School

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for speaking at our conference today. Your session was excellent with lots of useful and thought provoking information to take away and think about – it was great that you also spoke about ways to support staff – if they are not being supported, it impacts on the children! Thank you for helping make the day such a success!”

Leigh Grantham

WGSP Partnership

“Adele fosters a safe, fun environment for students with SEMH; she has delivered high quality training to all staff – which had very positive feedback.  Adele has promoted literacy activities across the Alternative Provision school including photo opportunities, extended writing competitions, staff reading and school trips for our students.”

Louise Cook

Executive Headteacher | The Central Hub

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