Trainee Mutant Behaviour Ninjas

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Cutting the hedge, and hanging out the washing, I think has provided sufficient misdirection to allow me to sneak out the laptop for a quick sortie into the issues of behaviour training for teachers. There have been a few skirmishes on Twitter recently. This post is just a quick sketch – there are other household chores in the lives of men.

Several people have recently laid into the inadequacy of ITT in preparing NQTs for the task of establishing good behaviour in their classrooms. Sir Michael Wilshaw and Tom Bennett are the two most prominent although obviously Gove wasn’t shy in his views either. I would agree with the basic statement that not all NQTs are ready and able to handle behaviour issues effectively when they qualify. I don’t accept that this is because they are either getting no training, or because that training is all about engaging teaching, restorative justive, praise…

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