Behaviour management: the art of using a behaviour tracker

“Behaviour management is a subject that causes a lot of heat, and sometimes a lot less light”. That is the view of Ofsted’s Amanda Spielman, who made improving behaviour in schools one of her greatest priorities when she took over in office.

Monitoring behaviour can be the first step to eradicating bad behaviour from your classroom. Providing pupils with feedback backed up with results you can evidence is more likely to trigger a reaction from your students.

This is where a behaviour tracker comes in. But what is one and how can it help in your school? This blog post explains.

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Increasing attainment: how to raise attainment for GCSE pupils

GCSE exams are sat by a mixed ability of pupils. Teachers have the challenge of increasing attainment for all pupils to progress each student through exams so they are best placed for the next stages of their life.

Often when department heads arrive at a new school they are tasked with raising attainment for pupils. Success can be achieved through a range of methods. With belief, relentlessness and the correct systems in place attainment can be raised for all pupils. 

This blog post will take a look at measures you can implement in order to raise attainment for pupils and help them through their GCSEs.

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Use positive reinforcement to encourage positive behaviour

Positive reinforcement has long been recognised as an effective method of encouraging positive behaviour in pupils and discouraging the negative.

In learning scenarios, positive reinforcement allows students to learn that desirable behaviour is valued whilst also demonstrating that undesirable behaviour such as refusal to work won’t receive attention or reward.

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5 simple ways…to reward students

There has been much research on the topic of just what it is that makes for an effective reward system; despite extensive academic literature on the subject (and debates that rage on between topics such as intrinsic and extrinsic motivation) rewards really needn’t represent a complex, time-consuming system that adds to your everyday pressures as a teacher.

Here are five ideas that work and require minimal effort on your part.

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5 Ways to Motivate Your Students to do Their Homework

Homework is something that the vast majority of student’s dread, and it is the least looked forward to at the end of the day. It can be equally frustrating for teachers as well, after all they want nothing more than to inspire students, and it is not often that homework does this.

However, there are ways that you can make homework that much more interesting for students, and these five tips will help you to discover how.

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Celebrating Victories in the Classroom

For any teacher, the balancing act in recognising every student’s achievement is a tough one. After all, schools, teachers and educational professionals have never faced more targets to hit and more metrics to yardstick their students against – whilst students themselves now know all too well of exactly how they’re performing compared to their peers and the wider averages.

For the less able in classes of mixed abilities, this can often result in far less frequent recognition – whilst the more able follow a cycle of achievement, and recognition (which then further bolsters their progression) – ultimately, this is the purest demonstration of a ‘self-fulfilling’ prophecy.

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5 Simple Strategies…for Managing Behaviour in the Corridor

Behaviour on the corridors of school is just as important as behaviour inside the classroom.

It can be disruptive and challenging for teachers when they are trying to teach a class where there is activity taking place on the corridors and there are particular times of the day when the corridors can be noisy areas where incidences of unacceptable behaviour can occur.

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Creating a Positive Behaviour Policy

There are two reasons why a school revisits their Behaviour Policy. The most benign of these is that the allotted time for review has arrived and the governors expect a revised copy for review. The second reason why a Behaviour Policy is up for review is that your school has been experiencing difficulties, either in behaviour, attendance or engagement and you need to take steps to address this.

Whichever angle you are coming at this issue from, now is the time to turn your Behaviour Policy into a Positive Behaviour Policy.

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Supporting Good Behaviour

Effective learning and effective teaching are the outcome of a classroom and school environment which is orderly. Pupil behaviour is as important as target setting or lesson planning and if discipline is an issue in a classroom, the attainment levels of all will be affected – whether they are misbehaving or not.

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