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Advising new teachers: How can I get my pupils to behave?

Pupil behaviour is one of the most common concerns for early career teachers. Patrick Garton draws on his research with teachers and school leaders to give us three principles for developing effective behaviour management. His article advises both ECTs and those who mentor and support them

“How do I get them to behave?” is perhaps the most commonly asked question by teachers at the start of their training and in the early stages of their careers.

The frequency of this question is one of the reasons why I was drawn to this area as the focus for my book, Understanding and Developing Positive Behaviour in Schools, which is part of the NASBTT Essential Guides for Early Career Teachers (ECTs) series.

Having spent the last quarter of a century in schools, I relished the opportunity to dig into these issues a little deeper and, as well as collecting what I hope are useful perspectives for ECTs, the research process has given opportunity to gather relevant thoughts for school-based mentors and other colleagues in teacher training.

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