Improving student behaviour in the classroom is crucial to fostering an environment where all individuals can thrive and reach their educational potential. Parents and students will have more confidence in the education system if there is an environment where they will want to attend and feel valued.
Department for Education guidance highlights:
“Creating a culture that promotes excellent behaviour requires a clear vision of what good behaviour looks like. Schools’ circumstances will vary but every culture should ensure pupils can learn in a calm, safe, and supportive environment and protect them from disruption.”
Schools need to ensure that their environments for students are conducive to learning so that education can be focused but also enjoyable. Here are 10 ways you can improve students’ behaviour in the classroom.
1. Foster open communication and encourage dialogue
Create a classroom culture where students feel comfortable expressing themselves openly and respectfully. Encourage open dialogue, both in group discussions and individual conversations. This fosters trust and helps students feel heard and valued, reducing the likelihood of acting out.
2. Celebrate positive contributions and acknowledge individual achievements
Recognise and celebrate students’ positive contributions to the classroom community. Acknowledge individual achievements, both academic and non-academic. Positive reinforcement motivates students and reinforces desirable behaviours.
3. Involve students in decision-making and problem-solving
Incorporate students in setting classroom rules and procedures, as well as in resolving behavioural issues. This fosters a sense of ownership and encourages students to take responsibility for their behaviour.
4. Collaborate with parents and guardians
Maintain open communication with parents and guardians. Share information about classroom dynamics, address concerns promptly, and seek their input and support in addressing behavioural issues.
5. Set clear and consistent rules and expectations
Clearly defined rules and expectations provide students with a framework for appropriate behaviour. These rules should be concise, easily understood, and consistently enforced throughout the classroom.
6. Identify and address underlying causes of misbehaviour
Look beyond the surface behaviour and attempt to understand the underlying causes of misbehaviour. This may involve addressing external factors such as home life or social issues, or identifying learning difficulties that affect behaviour.
7. Adapt instruction to different learning styles and needs
Differentiate instruction to cater to the diverse learning styles and needs of students. This can help engage students and prevent boredom or frustration, which can lead to disruptive behaviour.
8. Provide opportunities for personal growth
Students need to have opportunities where they can explore their creativity and other interests. This can help allow them to self-reflect on their behaviour and what should be expected of them.
9. Have regular well-being meetings
If time and resources allow this, it can be good to have regular meetings with students to discuss their well-being and how they are feeling. This not only can create trust, rapport and meaningful relationships, but it can also positively transform a student’s behaviour as trust is formed.
10. Offer alternatives
Some students may benefit more by discussing how they best learn, especially those with mental health challenges. Is it working away on their own? Do they work well in groups? Would an online or hybrid model help? Consider these and implement an appropriate solution and your students’ behaviour could improve as a result.
Can an online alternative provision assist?
An online alternative provision, such as EDClass, can support students with mental health or behavioural challenges so they can focus on their education. The platform can be implemented in isolation areas on practically anywhere a school deems it suitable on-site.
In addition to this, UK-qualified teachers provide one-to-one support for students off-site pastorally and academically, improving their behaviour and attainment progress.