Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation is an evidence based practice and forms part of our holistic approach to positively supporting behaviour in school. It provides staff with a framework to teach pupils the skills needed for self-regulation and emotional control, leading to greater independence in managing own emotions and behaviour. This has been introduced to our Nurture classes, Year 7 and Year 8, and the feedback so far has been extremely positive.

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Self-regulation is something that we all continually work on, even when we are not aware of it. Take a moment to think about the various things you do to regulate yourself when you are feeling tired, frustrated, anxious, and so on. The ability to self-regulate comes naturally to some, but for others it is a skill that needs to be taught. When we teach Zones at The Beech Academy, we acknowledge with pupils that it can be contextually appropriate to feel negative emotions. We all experience trying circumstances each day, but how we respond to those negative emotions is what matters.

As you can see in the picture above, each of the four Zones describes a different category of emotions:

The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behaviour, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.

The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions; however, one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.

The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.

The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.

Pupils have each been supported to think about the things they can do for themselves, or with others’ help, to return to a healthier place when they experience emotions that prevent them from being ‘ready to learn’. These strategies are referred to as ‘tools’. We also acknowledge that what one person might need when they are feeling sad may be different from what others would do, and that is what makes this approach personal to every student.

You can learn more about Zones, and access a range of free resources, by clicking on the logo below. There is also an option to access a 1 hour free virtual event for ideas on how to implement Zones at home.

FREE virtual event: The Zones of Regulation