Becoming Brilliant at Behaviour

Ten tops tips for expert behaviour management Congratulations! By choosing to be a teacher, you have chosen a career that has meaning, makes a difference and shapes the future. If you’re not feeling smug right now, you should be. You’ve won the job lottery. But it’s also a difficult job. The marking, the planning, the [...]

Teach Primary – relationship tips

"If it’s good, the students will probably behave and engage in learning; if it’s not, they probably won’t.” That’s what my mentor told me on day one of my first teaching practice. She was talking about the teacher-student relationship.

Teach Primary – Stick to it

Sammy's Predicament is surprisingly common. You do everything that the experts tell you to do, but still there's behavioural problems. What's the solution? Well here's three possibilities from three experienced teachers.

Teach Primary – September issue – back to school

Meet George. “I’m just about to start my second year of teaching. My first year was a challenge. I didn’t get the students where I wanted them in terms of behaviour. That, in turn, had an impact on progress and, to be honest, gave me a few sleepless nights. So I want this year to be different and I’d like it to be different from day one. Any tips?”

10 Behaviour Management Tips – aka getting behaviour right from September

Ten top tips for a great start to the academic year Be the boss Students want you to be the boss because that makes the classroom a safe place. Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to be terrifying, shouty or stern (all counterproductive in the long term), but you do have to demonstrate your [...]

Mindset matters – and here’s why

View PDF version Mindsets – the way you see yourself and the world around you – can shape your life. When that mindset is about a core concept such as intelligence, its power to shape is even greater. According to Professor Carol Dweck of Stanford University, the originator of mindset theory, the way you think [...]

“Joe forced me to become a better teacher”

Joe came to my class in the middle of year 6 – a funny, lively and charismatic boy who loved trains, geography and Man United. He was also a boy who had ADHD. And I very quickly realised that I was out of my depth. His behaviour was a whirlwind of disruption. I was exhausted by the end of the first hour, let alone the first day.

Bursting the bubble

What's the best way to deal with Billie, a show-off with an attitude and a chaotic home life? The Scenario You have a Y6 student called Billie. She’s noisy, chatty and distracts others with silly behaviour. If you challenge her, she’ll debate with you about why she’s right.

Taming the lions

Avoiding certain activities because you can't trust your class to behave? You're not the only one... The scenario Meet Rosie. “My class are a nightmare. From the first moment to the last, they are a pain in the proverbial. The only time they’re quiet is when I read to them, but even [...]

TES – Master routines and you’ll set yourself free

An orderly classroom runs on repetition. To start a positive cycle of good behaviour, don’t tell students what you want – show them. Meet Kate. Kate wanted to be a teacher all her life, so when she finally qualified it was a dream come true. She’s now in her second year. However, there’s a problem: she hates it. [...]

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