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NQT Special Edition: Achieving positive behaviour

One of the biggest challenges for new teachers is behaviour management. Steve Burnage offers 20 tips and ideas for how you can develop positive behaviour with your classes

Behaviour is a habit that is learned. Once we accept this stark fact, we have taken the first step in empowering ourselves to influence our students in learning new behaviours. If we want a child to learn to read, we teach them; if we want a child to learn to swim, we teach them; if we want a child to behave well in our schools we ... punish them when they don’t?

Positive behaviour management provides a range of tools and techniques that enable us to engage with our students positively, to develop success-based strategies to teach good behaviour; and to create a positive ethos in our classrooms that will better support outstanding learning and progress, whatever point we are in our professional development.

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