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NQT Special Edition: Get your seating plans right

Seating plans are one of the main weapons in the teacher’s arsenal to help achieve good behaviour and progress in lessons. Gerry Mallaghan offers his tips

Seating plans: the obvious question to ask is, do you really need them? In my experience, the answer is a strong yes. At a minimum, a seating plan helps with behaviour management by allowing you to use and learn student names from lesson one. A seating plan gives you control over the learning environment.

Before constructing a seating plan, you need to ensure that the desks and seats are in the arrangement that best suits your teaching style. There are two common arrangements for a classroom. The first is the traditional lecture style, the second is a more collaborative style with students grouped into pods.

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