This seemed apt to post now as the country simmers slowly beneath the summer sun. Abridged from this article. This post is based on observations and frequency data over a shorter period of hot weather. Whilst analysing the behavioural incident data records a spike in frequency for a specific group of 9 students was noted (the red box on the graph). Now these particular student’s actions do not usually present as challenging so the presence of records for them over this period was unusual. Here is a short list of the impact of hot weather. Disrupts sleep Thunderstorms. Can lead to muscle cramps Itchy skin Sweating Increased Thirst Damp clothing Sun in eyes So what can we do about it? Future strategies to mitigate effects of hot weather. Increase frequency of cold water offered rather than requested. Invest in fans. Appropriate clothing teaching ideas. Ice Pops at break. Water sprays/Water play. Water/ice sensory activities. Staff modelling of ‘You look hot’ (i.e. warm) backed up with signs and symbols Housekeeping staff to be directed to open windows in morning. Encourage outside play in shade What are your strategies for keeping cool?