Behaviour Management by @teach_well

Name: Tarjinder Gill
Twitter:  @teach_well
Sector:  Primary
Position: Teacher Adviser
5 Bits of Advice About: Behaviour management

  1. School rules and class rules should basically be the same. Ideally there should be no more than 5.
  2. Children do not need to be involved in making the rules. It’s a nice idea but I have never seen a difficult child make better choices because they signed the class charter.
  3. Log all incidents and check if there is a pattern.
  4. If you work in an unreasonable school that makes you take children on visits regardless of behaviour, insist the parent being there is on the risk assessment.
  5. Remember that most children do not exhibit unreasonable behaviour. Those that do, do so for a reason, that reason is rarely if ever, you.

The Behaviour Learning Conversation by @drake_kieran

Name: Kieran
Twitter:  @drake_kieran
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: RE
Position: Head of Department
5 Bits of Advice About: The behaviour learning conversation

  1. Use the language of ‘choices’ and ‘consequences’. This taps into a student’s understanding of justice and fairness.
  2. Start by asking the student to rate their performance in the lesson out of 100. Ask them why they didn’t say 0 and why they didn’t say 100.
  3. List very clearly each of the bad choices they made. Give them clear reasons connected to learning (“because I’m your teacher” or “because I said so” will not help you).
  4. Give them no more than 2 things that you want them to better next time.
  5. Carrot/Stick – Tell them how you’ll reward them if they follow the target in your next lesson. Tell them what the consequence of choosing not to will be.

Behaviour Management by @68ron

Name: Ron Gordon
Twitter:  @68ron
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: RE
Position: Teacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Behaviour management

  1. It’s easier to change your response to bad behaviour than it is to change bad behaviour. This is not as defeatist as you might think.
  2. Non verbal cues are less easy to argue with. Place a bin in from of gum chewing pupil rather than talking about it.
  3. Allow pupils take up time with a request you have. Issue request discreetly, then come back to chase up original concern.
  4. Avoid language of confrontation. “Pop out to the corridor, I’d like a word” not “GET OUT OF MY CLASSROOM!”
  5. With difficult pupils, try keeping your conversations to the work in hand, not behaviour. They’re more likely to accept your academic rather than your moral credentials.

Behaviour Management by @molin_bryan

Name: Bryan Molin
Twitter name: @molin_bryan
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Assistant Principal
What is your advice about? Behaviour management

1: Tackle the primary behaviour. What is it that you want the student(s) to do?

2: Use the language of choice- make sure you are ready to follow up.

3: Silence is golden. Give take up time to reflect.

4: Be relentlessly consistent. Praise students who are getting it right.

5: Speak to parents and carers if there are concerns. Often this is the most powerful consequence.

Taming That Tricky Year 9 Class by @atharby

Name: Andy Tharby
Twitter name: @atharby
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): English
Position: Classroom teacher
What is your advice about? Taming that tricky year 9 class

1: Keep adjusting the seating plan until it works. Justify your decisions by referencing learning, not behaviour – e.g. ‘I’m sitting you here so I can help you more often.’

2: Never let the class know that you think they are a ‘bad’ class. It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy if you do.

3: Plan tasks that mean that they are sitting quietly and have lots to do. Aiming to ‘engage’ such a group will only backfire.

4: Work out the class power structure and identify the kingpin(s). Make sure that every transgression of school rules by these students is written down in detail.

5: A senior colleague with responsibility for this child should be notified after every incident – and parents too. In good schools, the child will either improve or move class.

Behaviour by @LearningSpy

Name: David Didau
Twitter name: @LearningSpy
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Englsih
Position: uncertain
What is your advice about? Behaviour

1: Know the school rules and stick to them.

2: Never let pupils sit where they want.

3: Use agreed consequences fairly and consistently.

4: Never let pupils work off punishments.

5: Make 3 phone calls every day – talk about progress, not behaviour. More detail here:

Behaviour in Tough Schools by @greg_ashman

Name: Greg Ashman
Twitter name: @greg_ashman
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Maths/Science
Position: Teacher / Head of Maths / Head of Research
What is your advice about? Behaviour in tough schools

1: Poor behaviour can wreck NQTs. If a school doesn’t have a clear behaviour policy then don’t accept a job or leave if you’re already there.

2: Always use a seating plan. Even if nobody else does.

3: Ask a colleague for incidents that have happened and imagine what you would do in that situation. This helps you make quick decisions and highlights what you don’t know.

4: Put these scenarios as hypotheticals to senior staff. Follow sensible advice but if they suggest these scenarios won’t happen if you plan good lessons then leave.

5: Keep detailed records because there will be a lot to track. It also helps when people claim you haven’t followed something up properly.

Behaviour by @Rory_Gribbell

Name: Rory Gribbell
Twitter name: @Rory_Gribbell
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Maths
Position: Maths Teacher
What is your advice about? Behaviour

1: Children behave badly sometimes.

2: Bad behaviour should be met with punishments.

3: Punishments teach children to take responsibility for their actions.

4: The disruptive behaviour of one pupil in your class is denying an education to 29 others.

5: There are no excuses for poor behaviour.

Classroom Management by @Ms_KMP

Name: K Pitchford
Twitter name: @Ms_KMP
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: HoD
What is your advice about? Class Management

1: Don’t judge a pupil by their reputation – give them a chance to build a relationship with you.

2: Be consistent – if the rules say a break detention for doing X then it applies equally to ‘nice’ and ‘naughty’ students.

3: If you need to raise your voice to quickly address an issue that’s okay, but don’t forget to return to normal volume.

4: You may have a long list of school expectations/rules to follow, but it all boils down to good manners. Promote good manners and you’ll spend less time quoting rules.

5: Own up to your mistakes – you’re human. If there is an error on the board, make light of it or ask pupils to spot it.

Behaviour by @Lgreaves222

Name: Linda Greaves
Twitter name: Lgreaves222
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Maths
Position: Ks3 lead
What is your advice about? Behaviour

1: It is your rules, your classroom. Make the rules explicit.

2: Accept no excuses for poor behaviour; home life bad? All the more reason to get a good education.

3: Give detentions for poor behaviour, but use them wisely. The punishment should fit the crime.

4: Use praise wisely. Praise for above and beyond expectations.

5: When you are secure that you have the behaviour under control, relax and enjoy the company of students.