Being Assertive

Assertiveness is not saying the same thing over and over (the 'broken record') neither is it continually stepping into confrontations with students. We know...

Closed Requests

Prefacing requests with 'Thank you' has a marked effect on how the request is received. 'Thank you for putting your bag on the hook'...

Don’t just get down, get way down!

It is often said that getting down to students' eye level is important when delivering praise or sanctions to students. This can often be...

Countdown

A good technique for getting the attention of the whole class is to use a 'countdown' from 5 or 10 to allow students the...

Assertiveness and nasty explosions

Many teachers recognise that their pattern of behaviour is to be nice or compliant for far longer than they really want, until they reach...

Jobs for Everyone

At Primary level students' mutual trust is encouraged through sharing and delegating jobs in the classroom. A well organised year 5 teacher will have students handing out resources,...

“Chase me”: What to do with secondary behaviours

Secondary behaviours are those that occur during your intervention or as you leave a conversation with a student.  They are 'chase me' behaviours designed to push your buttons and...

Get in and get out quickly with your dignity intact

We know that to effectively deliver sanctions the message needs to be simple, clear and not negotiable; in practice it is easy to get...

Get out and about

Perhaps your greatest contribution to managing behaviour around the school site is your presence. If you have your coffee in the playground, your lunch...

Embedding the Relationship Charter 

M.Hitchman As you know our aim this year is to ensure we embed the Relationship charter and this half term we have been focusing on Meeting and...