Assuming that a school has good employees who care about students and each other, almost every unhappy student is so because they have been excluded by classmates.
Exclusion of students by other students is often difficult to identify. A useful strategy for homeroom teachers to prevent and resolve exclusion is a class meeting.
Class meetings are a forum for developing social competencies. They are held during homeroom class time, twice each week for about twenty minutes and, if conducted well, are very popular with students.
Class meetings allow students to monitor their own and each other’s behaviour and to support each other to maintain agreed standards.
The accompanying link leads to an overview of class meeting structure and agreements.