Research review reveals six approaches to improve pupil behaviour

Teaching specific learning behaviours and using personalised approaches can improve the behaviour of disruptive pupils, a research review has found.

The review, undertaken by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), recommends against using universal systems of behaviour management, which it says are unlikely to work for all pupils – who may be misbehaving for a wide variety of reasons.

The report also says that there is a lack of evidence showing that “zero tolerance” or “no excuses” approaches to discipline are effective.

Instead the report says that key to effective behaviour management is understanding individual pupils, training teachers in classroom management, and having a consistent approach across the school. Its six recommendations are:

For example, under the simple routines that teachers might use, the report suggests taking the time to greet each pupil personally at the door of the classroom. Or from a whole-school point of view, offering free universal breakfast clubs. Both approaches, the report says, have been found to have a positive impact on behaviour and preparedness for learning.

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