Break up your school life with your home life. When you get back from school create some personal time where you do 20-30mins of relaxing, switching off from the stresses of the day. Reading, listening to music, changing into fresh clothes, having a snack.
This is about clearing your head and changing into a home life mode. You can then approach your evening plans clearly.
This prepares pupils for a healthy work/life balance and it leaves some of the negativity of a bad day at the door. Pupils are usually more relaxed after this downtime to discuss their day more openly, but also with more accurate reflections. A good model could be”
* 20-30 mins down time
* debrief with a parent or carer on how the day went
* Free time