Managing Student Behaviour in the Classroom

Every leader should consciously aspire to the very best behaviour possible in their schools as a matter of priority. There are a number of strategies that schools with outstanding behaviour use frequently, and these should be shared and made available to all school leaders in order for them to decide if they are appropriate for their schools.

TOM BENNETT, INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS  PUB. MARCH 2017 CROWN COPYRIGHT

Two years ago Tom Bennett oversaw a comprehensive review of behaviour in schools, identifying some of the best practices – and how to make them stick! Giving each of your student an academic planner is one step towards creating a culture of acceptable and exceptional behaviour that lasts.

In this article, we’re going to share some of Tom’s findings to help you better manage disruptive students, and improve the culture and atmosphere of your institution.

 

1.    “The way we do things around here”

 

There is a highly-compelling correlation between students’ behaviour in school and their level of success in later life. One of the absolutely most important first-steps for any school looking to influence or control behaviour is most certainly going to be creating a culture, or, in other words, how we do things around here. Similar to campaigns that made driving without seatbelts socially unacceptable, the challenge is to create a culture that begins when a student walks out of their front door in the morning, and makes bullying, lying, neglecting responsibilities or disrespecting staff an exception, an anomaly, rather than ‘kids are just kids’. Easier said than done, I know – but some of the best schools in the country became that way because they found a way to make it work.

 

2.    Tenets of the most successful schools

  1. 1. OLIVER CAVIGLIOLI, INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS – PUB. MARCH 2017 CROWN COPYRIGHT
  • Leadership is the point of origin of behavioural and disciplinary policy, and headmasters, tutors and head-of-year incumbents need to be visible, approachable, and ambitious for the future!
  • Teachers and associated specialists need to be consistent in their approach to uphold and reinforce the culture that is trying to be developed.
  • Support and literary guidance must be provided to ensure consistency, and make sure everybody is on-team with the turnaround plan. Literary guidance can be embedded into standard material, such as a customised teacher planner
  • Parental Involvement is important too. Whether an after-hours assembly or letters home, getting the parents on board with the cultural project can reinforce it 24/7 for all students.

These are just a few great ways to get behaviour under control and give your students the best possible chance at success in school, and in life!

 

 

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