Challenging students / Classroom management / Teaching (general)

3 practical strategies for tackling mean girl behaviours

Discover how to detect and eliminate mean girl behaviour in your classroom. Then empower your students to insulate themselves against relational aggression.

Challenging students / Classroom management / Teaching (general)

Behaviour secrets: 3 mean girl myths... busted!

What exactly is mean girl phenomenon in schools? Who is affected by this type of bullying, also known as relational aggression?

Special needs / Teaching (general)

How to support your pupils' mental health

The risk factors for children's mental health that every teacher should know (plus how to support those students in school).

Challenging students / Special needs

Autism and meltdowns: those are just temper tantrums - right?

The difference between tantrums and meltdowns - and 3 ways of curbing classroom meltdowns (for your students with autism) you can use today.

Classroom management / Lunchtimes / Teaching (general)

Behaviour secrets: How to utilise the speed camera effect

Learn a simple technique to calm disruptive behaviour by utilising the speed camera effect.

Special needs

Here's the difference between autism, ASD, ASC and Aspergers

Drowning in labels? Here's a quick explanation of the difference between autism, ASD, ASC and Aspergers Syndrome.

Classroom management
Includes video

What you need to find out about your next class... today [updated]

How to use a combination of tactical ignoring and proximity praise to manage pupils who present challenging behaviour in the classroom.

Challenging students / Classroom management

Don't write another behaviour target until you've read this...

How to write targets that - according to science - are more likely to change behaviour. (Clue: stop using 'I can...' targets and do this instead...)

Challenging students / Classroom management

An easy trick for controlling noise levels in class

Noisy class? Try this quick trick for bringing down the volume.

Challenging students / Special needs

How to help students with sudden anger outbursts
(and why looking for triggers won't help)

Why some students have sudden anger outbursts, why searching for triggers may actually be a waste of time, and what to do to help students in the classroom.

Classroom management

What's going on - behind your back?

How to have eyes in the back of your head when teaching, using proximity control and seating positions.

Classroom management

Undermining student behaviour: the hidden danger of classroom rewards

How using classroom rewards systems might actually be making behaviour in your class worse

Classroom management
Includes video

Behaviour Secrets: Hello, how are you?

How positive interactions when you greet a class can have a disproportionate impact on how they behave for the rest of the day.

Challenging students / Special needs

Angry students? Teach them to do this.

How to teach children to take action *before* they get angry.

Classroom management / Special needs
Includes video

Behaviour Secrets: a trick to improve your students' organisational skills

Lots of children (especially those with ADHD) can struggle to organise their thinking... and this leads to task avoidance. Here's what to do.

Challenging students / Special needs

The difference between ADHD and ASD: a simple explanation

A simple guide for teachers, explaining how to identify potential behavioural special needs (autism and ADHD) in the classroom.

Classroom management
Includes video

Managing classroom behaviour at Christmas (updated)

Here's our simple, three step guide on how to minimise disruptions and keep school fun and productive, right up to the end of the Autumn Term.

Challenging students / Special needs
Includes video

Why kids with ADHD can't hear you

How to support children with ADHD with learning breaks in the classroom so they are more able to focus and less likely to engage in disruptive behaviour.

Challenging students / Classroom management / Special needs

Overentitled: helping students cope with 'no'

Ungrateful. Entitled. Fragile. Here's how to help students who demonstrate entitlement and poor resilience cope with boundaries and minor disappointments.

Classroom management / Special needs

Anti-bullying ideas that work

How to teach students how to identify when bullying is happening and what to do when it occurs. Also includes a free poster to download and print.

Classroom management

How to cut down on classroom chatter

Classroom talk should be on-task and productive, but it can also indicate off-task behaviour. Here's how to get classroom talk right.

Challenging students / Classroom management / Special needs
Includes video

What to do when praise doesn't work

How to take your use of praise and elevate it, in a way that connects with students and helps good behaviour spread from one pupil to the next.

Lunchtimes

Playground zoning: how to instantly boost lunchtime behaviour in your school

An investigation into how zoning can improve lunchtime behaviour in school, why the method works and how to implement zoning in your school.

Challenging students / Special needs
Includes video

3 proven ways to help students who can't cope with failure

Here are 3 proven ways of teaching them how to manage their feelings and improving their resilience.

Challenging students / Special needs

2 simple steps that boost student self-esteem

This article describes a simple 2-step process to support students who experience low self-esteem.

Classroom management / Special needs

Discover how to avoid confrontations with students, by doing.....nothing!*

Learn how to use take-up time when a student refuses to follow instructions or tries to draw you into an argument.

Special needs

Students with ODD? Here's practical advice from 3 classroom experts

Practical advice from three classroom experts about how best to manage the behaviour of children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Classroom management

NOW: 3 easy steps to starting your lessons positively, even with the most difficult classes

How to get the first five minutes of any lesson right - setting the tone, reminding students of expectations and creating a habit of work.

Lunchtimes / Special needs
Includes video

Want every pupil in your school to have fantastic lunchtimes?

How to support children with ASD and ADHD during school lunchtimes.

Lunchtimes

How thinking like McDonald's can improve behaviour in your school dining room... with immediate results*

How to improve pupil behaviour in school dining rooms by actively measuring and minimising 'dead time'.

Classroom management
Includes video

How to supercharge tactical ignoring with proximity praise

Ignoring unwanted student behaviour doesn't work. Here's how to couple it to another technique, which actively draws attention towards the positive behaviour.

Challenging students / Special needs

What actually is Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)?

An infographic explaining how to recognise and support children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Classroom management
Includes video

Try this trick to make carpet time more manageable

This one, simple trick will help you get the most out of your whole class input.

Challenging students / Classroom management / Special needs

The benefits of 'checking in' with your pupils

How using a 'check in' system can benefit teachers and pupils, build emotional awareness and help pre-empt behavioural difficulties in class.

Special needs / Teaching (general)

Mainstream school, exclusion and special needs

A SENCo analyses the system of permanent exclusion, PRUs and behavioural special schools in the UK.

Uncategorized

Why do children smirk?

For many adults, a smirking child is like a red rag to a bull. So - why do children smirk?

Challenging students / Classroom management / Special needs

Is this simple, psychological principle undermining your behaviour management?

An explanation of how psychological consistency can undermine an adult's classroom management, and how to use/avoid it when managing difficult students.

Challenging students / Special needs
Includes video

ADHD: 4 tried and tested support strategies

Potentially, 3 out of 30 students in every class could have ADHD. Here are four proven ways of managing their needs in the classroom.

Challenging students / Special needs

Why do young people get angry?

Do you teach students who suffer from anger outbursts? Here are some important factors (and solutions) to consider.

Challenging students / Classroom management
Includes video

What to do when a student walks out of class

Heres what to do when a student walks out of class so you retain the illusion of control.

Challenging students / Special needs

Would you recognise Reactive Attachment Disorder? [infographic]

Reactive Attachment Disorder can look like ASD and ADHD - so would you recognise a child with RAD in your classroom?

Lunchtimes
Includes video

How to improve behaviour on the playground at lunchtimes

Here's one really powerful, yet simple, action schools can take to improve playground behaviour at lunchtimes.

Special needs

Five key SEN resources from the web

We spend a lot of time researching new information about behaviour and SEN. Here are five resources and articles you need to be aware of.

Lunchtimes

How to create a happier dining room

Here's how to have a big impact on dining room behaviour, simply by modifying your environment.

Special needs / Teaching (general)

Do EHCPs fail children with challenging behaviour?

An anonymous SENCO's very personal response to EHCPs and challenging behaviour in schools.

Challenging students / Classroom management
Includes video

How to cut down on calling out

We share our secret to reducing calling out in the classroom (because it's the most annoying thing ever).

Challenging students / Classroom management

6 expert pieces of advice about conflict resolution

If you can teach children to sort their differences for themselves, it will save you precious time. We share the must-read advice of 6 experts.

Teaching (general)

Stress: the hidden statistics every teacher should care about [infographic]

Our new infographic reveals the statistics that every teacher (and the government) should pay attention to when it comes to stress.

Challenging students / Classroom management

5 ways to encourage positive behaviour right up until the holiday

Want to know how to keep things positive right until the 3.30pm on the last day of term? Here are five solutions.

Classroom management
Includes video

How to cut down on tale telling

Do your class complain about every little thing that happened during break? Here's how to train your class out of tale-telling.

Uncategorized

Four scientifically proven ways to escape school stress this holiday

Need an express remedy for school stress this half-term? Here's 4 proven ways to escape tension - that are backed by science.

Classroom management
Includes video

How to settle a noisy class - brilliantly

We often get asked by teachers: how do you calm down noisy classes quickly? Here's how behaviour expert Rob Plevin tackles this problem.

Challenging students / Special needs

5 must read articles about boosting emotional resilience

Want to know how to promote emotional resilience in both yourself and your students? Here are five solutions.

Classroom management

How to improve your classroom management (easily)

Want to improve your classroom management? We've got a simple, step-by-step process to help. It's free, and it's called the Classroom Management Scoresheet.

Classroom management
Includes video

How to stop your class in their tracks

Getting your whole class to stop and listen is a crucial part of keeping order and conveying information. Here's how to do it.

Classroom management
Includes video

Ouch! Common classroom management mistakes (and how to avoid them)

We asked 4 behaviour management experts: what is the most common mistake you see teachers making when it comes to whole class management?

Challenging students / Classroom management / Special needs

How stress affects student behaviour [infographic]

Our reaction to an infographic exploring how academic pressure and stress affects student behaviour in the classroom.

Classroom management
Includes video

Don't make this basic mistake if you want to sound assertive

Many teachers make this 1 simple mistake that drastically reduces how assertive they sound. Here's a more powerful way of speaking.

Challenging students / Special needs

5 ADHD myths busted

A look at common misunderstandings around the condition of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, particularly around behaviours seen in schools.

Classroom management
Includes video

How to convey calm

How to project an image of calmness and confidence in the classroom during a crisis - even if you feel frazzled on the inside.

Classroom management

How to harness the power of praise

If you find that you are getting sucked into negative behaviour management, such as repeatedly telling pupils off, take a moment to stop and think: is this technique working? Time to change to a different tact and reap the benefits for everyone in the class - including yourself! Here's how to harness the power of positive praise.

Challenging students / Classroom management
Includes video

What to do when a student argues back

Arguments with students can escalate into a conflict that's played out in front of the entire class. Here's our guide to stopping them in their tracks.

Classroom management / Parents
Includes video

3 steps to building parental support

September is the month when you should be actively developing relationships with parents (because you'll need them later!) Here are some sure-fire techniques to make your parental approval ratings soar.

Classroom management
Includes video

3 simple ideas to improve classroom behaviour after the holidays

They say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So how do you get it right? Here are three simple ideas to help set the right tone with your new class in September.