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A simple, whole-school behaviour system

After touring schools across the country, school leader Matthew Stevenson and his colleagues developed Ready to Learn – an approach to behaviour management that supports all teachers. He explains how

Behaviour is often the elephant in the room, but at Henbury School in Bristol we have introduced a clear, simple system called Ready to Learn which has eliminated disruptive behaviour in lessons. It sounds an impossible claim. It isn’t.

A year ago, most students’ behaviour at Henbury was already good (and Ofsted agreed with us). It would have been easy to be complacent. But with 55 per cent of our students eligible for Pupil Premium it was vital we did better. Disadvantaged students are more likely to experience poor behaviour in their lessons, but are often the students for whom a high-quality, undisrupted education is most vital. Staff told us that behaviour, alongside workload, was their number one concern.

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