Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

The Behaviour Question

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

The Behaviour Question

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I am about to begin a job as an early years teacher, which will be my first role as a qualified teacher. I am excited and nervous but I am concerned that there is no behaviour policy as such in the class. I raised this with the head of the year group and explained that I would like to put in something visual - a happy and sad face or sunshine and thundercloud, for example - which the children could move between according to their behaviour. But I was told that I couldn't do it because it wasn't something that was applied further up the school. It appears that they have nothing in other year groups either. All they use is positive praise. Obviously I don't want to go in all guns blazing but this could prove very tricky to deal with. What would you recommend?

What you said

borofan

If it's not ingrained throughout the school then it will be tough, but that does not mean your behaviour management should suffer. Keep it simple, keep it positive and persevere. We call it "relentless, rigorous routines". You might feel as if it's not working but keep at it. Remember that most kids want the boundaries you set and want to behave well for you.

The expert view

Some schools don't make it easy for you. This is an absurd way to run an institution. …

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