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Developing an effective whole-school approach to behaviour

Tackling the behaviour challenge is a team effort. Behaviour specialist Carol Jones looks at developing and implementing an effective whole-school and whole-team approach to behaviour

Pupil behaviour is constantly under the spotlight. In the past couple of months alone it has been cited in a survey as one of the reasons that teachers are put off the profession and an inquiry has been launched into whether to ban mobile phones in schools.

In the summer, the government appointed behaviour expert Tom Bennett to help schools after a report by Ofsted last year described the impact of low-level disruption on the education of pupils as “deeply worrying”.

Schools already work very hard on managing behaviour, and many heads and teachers will feel the intense focus on this subject creates an unfair perception that is at odds with the reality of their well-ordered classrooms.

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