What should I do if my school’s behaviour strategy doesn’t work?

Ben Newmark

There are many schools with effective behaviour strategies and these can be found in all types of area. This happens when schools genuinely believes its children are capable of behaving well and respects them enough to afford them a sense of agency and control over their own decisions. When a school lacks this belief, for whatever reason, systems fail because those responsible for upholding them feel they have no choice but to make unofficial ad hoc adjustments.

Working out whether or not a school has a working behaviour policy is possible before appointment. Before applying for a job ask for a copy of the school’s policy and visit the school to observe some lessons. Don’t just look for good behaviour as this could be the result of a particular teacher or the status of the person showing you round, but instead look to see how closely the teachers you observe…

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