When it comes to behaviour, do you treat different pupils differently? Do you look for underlying needs? What biases do you have and how do they affect your responses to poor behaviour? Adele Bates discusses and advises


Who gets the most behaviour points? Who gets the most rewards? Go check.

Are pupils with SEND more likely to get detentions? Are pupils of colour more likely to go straight to the second rung of behaviour warnings? Are pupils in care more likely to be excluded? What are our schools’ systemic biases and how does that affect behaviour outcomes?

“Children with some types of SEN, boys, those who have been supported by social care or are disadvantaged are all consistently more likely to be excluded from school than those without these characteristics. Exclusion rates also vary by ethnicity.” (Timpson Review, 2019)

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