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Climate for Learning

Practical Advice on Improving & Impacting on Student Behaviour

Your key job is to get students to take chances – and you need to understand how risky that is – some of your students find failure very familiar.

AVOID confrontation and poor behaviour by what YOU do and how YOU respond

What you do as a teacher creates the behaviours in the classroom – YOU make the difference.

Understand that it is totally normal to behave as children – they are not adults and shouldn’t be expected to behave like them.  You are an adult though….


20 Tops Tips

Everyone has their own range of strategies and styles of managing the behaviour of pupils in their classroom; however, it is sometimes worth reviewing the effectiveness of these strategies and also adding some perhaps forgotten ones to your list.

Use the reminders list of the top 20 strategies on the Behaviour Matters web site to review your own techniques and school procedures, and consider adding some you feel comfortable with to your toolbox.


Behaviour Checklist for Teachers

  • Know the names and roles of any adults in class.
  • Meet and greet pupils when they come into the classroom.
  • Display rules in the class - and ensure that the pupils and staff know what they are.
  • Display the tariff of sanctions in class.
  • Have a system in place to follow through with all sanctions.
  • Display the tariff of rewards in class.
  • Have a system in place to follow through with all rewards.
  • Have a visual timetable on the wall.
  • Follow the school behaviour policy.
  • Know the names of children.
  • Have a plan for children who are likely to misbehave.
  • Ensure other adults in the class know the plan.
  • Understand pupils’ special needs.
  • Ensure that all resources are prepared in advance.
  • Praise the behaviour you want to see more of.
  • Praise children doing the right thing more than criticising those who are doing the wrong thing (parallel praise).
  • Differentiate.
  • Stay calm.
  • Have clear routines for transitions and for stopping the class.
  • Teach children the class routines.

Give feedback to parents about their child’s behaviour - let them know about the good days as well as the bad ones.

Download Charlie Taylor's Behaviour Checklist