How do I manage pupil behaviour?

There is no one solution to this and success will depend on school, class, pupil, environment, your mood and a whole host of factors!

It is important that you analyse your school’s behaviour management policy but the following discipline policy sanctions can be highlighted;

  •  Give extra work to be completed after school or at home.
  •  Verbal chastisement after lesson or after school.
  •  Form Tutor’s detention with 24 hours notice.
  • Subject Teacher’s detention/with 24 hours notice.
  • Departmental detention with 24 hours notice.
  • Faculty detention with 24 hours notice.
  • School detention. This can only be issued by the Senior House Tutor/Head of Faculty or by a senior member of staff and must have 24 hours notice.
  • Head Master’s detention. This can only be issued only by the Head Master or a senior member of staff with 24 hours notice.
  • Use of individual daily report sheets issued by Senior House Tutor. This is then overseen by Form Tutor or Senior House Tutor.
  • Use of class report sheets which is issued by Senior House Tutor.
  • Exclusion from a lesson.
  • Fixed term exclusion. In the case of exclusions exceeding 2 days, work should be set.
  • Chairman of Governors’ warning.
  • Permanent exclusion, involving the Governing Body and the School Attendance Panel

Feel free to add your own points in the comments section.

Posted in Behaviour, Teacher
2 comments on “How do I manage pupil behaviour?
  1. BehaviourA says:

    These are all sanctions or consequences for after the unwanted behaviour has happened. Good behaviour management depends on good relationships – between adults and peers. Interesting and appropriately differentiated curriculum and a firm but fair approach digressions. Persistent consistency where sanctions are concerned. Behaviour Advice’s approach is:
    1. Build relationships and co-operative working practices – Different from being ‘best pals’
    2. Ensure work at appropriate level – give prompts and scaffolds to those who need it. Flow/ keeping busy all important
    3. Focus on the work not the behaviour – small but inevitable consequences for transgressions

  2. Graeme Clark says:

    Have you considered asking students to reflect on their behaviour? Coaching techniques could be used here such as asking them to see the lesson through the teacher’s eyes etc.

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