Best Practice

Getting serious about behaviour

Liam Donnison speaks to London headteacher George McMillan about his approach to behaviour policy

In 2011, an Ofsted inspector described Eltham Green School as “feral”.

The comment reflected the desperate state the London school was in at that stage. It had been placed in special measures after it was deemed inadequate in 29 out of the 31 categories that Ofsted used at the time.

Within a term of principal George McMillan and executive principal Chris Tomlinson arriving in January 2011, the situation was turned around.

Eltham Green was transformed into Harris Academy Greenwich soon after and by 2014, behaviour – and the school as a whole – was graded outstanding.

“Ofsted described the school informally as ‘feral’ and for the people who worked there it was completely and utterly out of control,” explained Mr McMillan, who remains at the helm as principal.

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