cbpositiveclassroombehaviour-8062214This issue of Curriculum Briefing focuses on developing systems and support structures to help your teaching staff implement effective behaviour management skills in practice

Does your school have in place effective strategies for pinpointing and tackling misbehaviour in the classroom? As a school leader or curriculum manager, this will be a prominent issue because if poor pupil behaviour is allowed to go unchecked in your classrooms then the damage can escalate and hinder the learning development not just of those who misbehave, but of all other pupils.

Positive classroom behaviour: strategies for making it work will provide the support you need to plot the best way forward for improving behaviour in your school. It will help you to:

  • understand the complex causes and effects of behaviour in schools – so you can effectively review whether your school is taking the right steps towards managing the different types of misbehaviour
  • embed the essential foundations and building blocks – for consistent whole-school behaviour management
  • use key principles on behaviour management and guidance tips – on how to develop a topclass policy and how to promote positive behaviour in practice
  • improve classroom behaviour through communication – to create a classroom environment where learning is paramount and positive behaviour occurs by default
  • learn and implement successful teaching and learning (T&L) strategies that will engage students more in learning and eliminate off-task negative behaviour
  • develop students’ emotional intelligence to improve behaviour and achieve happier and more productive classrooms
  • keep in touch with the latest national strategies that the government has set up to improve behaviour and discipline in schools to achieve a positive impact on learning.

Curriculum Briefing is extremely useful for preparing the key stage 3 strategy …it is a very informative and valuable resource.’ K. O’BRIEN, KEY STAGE 3 STRATEGY MANAGER AT CARDINAL LANGLEY RC SCHOOL

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SUMMARY OF CONTENTS

GETTING TO GRIPS WITH BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT Understanding behaviour: the causes and effects

To improve behaviour management in your school involves juggling a host of complex factors. Dr Bill Rogers, behaviour management guru, explores the tapestry of issues that you need to get to grips with to achieve the right approach to behaviour management for your school. From core ingredients for effective behaviour policy to how you should apply this in practice, you will gain a thorough understanding of how a successful approach can bring improvements in behaviour in all your school’s classrooms.

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TAPPING INTO NATIONAL STRATEGIES National initiatives that lead the way

Behaviour in schools is an issue that concerns everyone. It affects not only those students with behaviour difficulties, but also their fellow learners and the community at large. Ken Bore, education consultant, explains national initiatives, including the Behaviour Improvement Programme (BIP) and Behaviour in Schools, that have been set up by the government to provide support for curriculum managers in improving student behaviour in schools.

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QUALITY POLICY FOR SECURING SUCCESS Ingredients for a successful behaviour policy

Consistent whole-school behaviour management depends on having quality policy as its bedrock. Peter Costa, strategic manager at Education Leeds, provides management tools you can use with your staff to review your current behaviour issues, and to develop a top-class policy. He explains the essential ingredients to show you how to create a policy that is right for your school.

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EFFECTIVE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT Making classrooms a place where positive behaviour can thrive

Classroom environments where learning is paramount and positive behaviour occurs by default is what most curriculum managers will strive for. Helping teachers solve their own behaviour management problems by reframing their classroom environment is an approach that can lead to long-term change – so Birmingham Education Service set up its Framework for Intervention project to achieve just that. Hugh Williams, project development manager, explains what this approach involves, outlining the key points of the framework and showing how you can apply some of the success factors in your own school.

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EFFECTIVE TEACHING STRATEGIES Encouraging good classroom behaviour

Poor behaviour is often linked to low self-image and may not only affect students’ academic performance, but also their ability to function satisfactorily socially. To tackle poor behaviour and prevent this negative effect from escalating, teaching strategies need to be designed to focus on the pastoral as well as the learning aspects of successful classroom management. Tony Charlton, professor of Behavioural Studies, and Kenneth David, lecturer, discuss strategies that can work to create a learning environment where good behaviour can thrive.

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CASE STUDY: TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES Improving behaviour through the curriculum

To transform and improve classroom behaviour, Middleton Technology School turned its attention to the curriculum, by introducing a number of simple yet effective teaching and learning strategies, including a template for effective lesson delivery and mentoring students to help them achieve targets for learning, David Roberts, assistant headteacher, shows how his school improved behaviour and achievement by putting a quality curriculum at the core of its behaviour management policy, with curriculum managers working from the front to drive forward these changes in practice.

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EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION Improving behaviour through communication

Earning the respect of students is not an easy task, but teachers who achieve this will reap untold rewards in terms of improved classroom behaviour. The way teachers communicate with students plays a key role in this. Dr Alison Scott-Baumann, senior lecturer, explains ways to help staff interact more effectively with students to promote positive behaviour – from discipline that works and the importance of listening, to use of non-verbal communication and strategies for responding to good behaviour.

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ROLE OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE Emotions drive behaviour

Improving students’ emotional intelligence can have a considerable impact on securing good behaviour. Cheryl Buggy, director of the Discovery Project, outlines strategies you can use to increase emotional intelligence in your classrooms using the story of how these were used to help one boy overcome his behaviour struggles to illustrate how the different elements work in practice.

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CASE STUDY: WHOLE-SCHOOL APPROACH TO BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT Shared approach to managing whole-school behaviour

To ensure it’s whole-school behaviour management policy was implemented consistently by staff, curriculum leaders at Wakefield City High School decided to involve all staff members in its development. Marie Hunt, assistant headteacher, shares insights into the school’s progress in developing a consistent behaviour policy and the many benefits that have spring-boarded from it – including an inclusion unit offering short-term learning and support to help keep disaffected pupils in schools.

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