Twinkl Education Blog
29 Mar '17

We Need to Talk about Behaviour

Behaviour. You think you’ve seen it all. And then you get a new class or start at a new school. New challenges, new pupils, new ways in which they like to disrupt your lessons or find your weak spot at about 2.15pm on a Friday. 

Now, it’s not all bad news and many teachers can vouch that they have pupils who behave brilliantly and are working really hard as motivated and enthusiastic young learners – this is the dream scenario. However, many teachers can vouch that this is not the case for them - about a quarter of you according to Tom Bennett’s latest report on behaviour in our schools. Teachers are concerned about behaviour, standards of behaviour and attitudes towards behaviour. You only have to sign up to Twitter on a Friday night to see that this is the case. 

In one of our recent pastoral resources we have pulled together a selection of behaviour management strategies that have worked for real teachers in real classrooms. The important thing to note about these though is that different classes, schools and pupils require different strategies. What is clear is that there isn’t a one hat fits all approach to this. We wish there was. But there isn’t. Sigh. 

However, Tom Bennett’s recent report has identified key strengths and attributes of schools that are succeeding with behaviour. Our Powerpoint summary of this is available to help staff discuss the report and ways for it to help your school at a meeting or inset. However, the full report also contains some interesting case studies, which are worth a look.

As teachers, we are constantly growing, changing, adapting and learning and so are our pupils. This is why we have to give them chances, opportunities and why we have to sometimes use a range of strategies. However, if one thing is clear it is that consistency wins every time. Keep it simple and keep it consistent. Good luck – we’re right here with you!


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