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Free behaviour articles, videos and advice

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How to cut down on classroom chatter

Here's how to make sure the talk in your classroom is on-task and productive, so you avoid behaviour issues.

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What to do when praise doesn't work

Fact: all praise is not created equal. Here's how to take your use of praise to the next level.

Includes video.

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

Most behaviour incidents in school occur at lunchtime. Here's a quick fix.

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

Students who can't cope with feelings of failure can often cry, melt down or engage in task avoidance. So.. how do you teach them to be more resilient?

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2 simple steps that boost student self-esteem

Low self-esteem leads to feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness... so how do you go about changing that?

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

Backing off is not the same as backing down. Learn the most powerful behaviour management technique to use next time a student refuses to follow instructions.

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

If you want success with ODD pupils, use the right approach from day one.

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

The first 5 minutes of any lesson are critical. Here's how to get them right.

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

Give your class the wrong impression in September, and it's hard to recover. That means planning ahead - now.

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Want every pupil in your school to have fantastic lunchtimes? (Including those with ASD and ADHD?)

...especially those who find it hardest to mange during this chaotic part of the day? Such as those with additional needs such as autism or ADHD? Let me show you how!

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

See how good your lunchtime provision is by making three measurements and taking the average.

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How to supercharge tactical ignoring with proximity praise

Just ignoring unwanted student behaviour doesn't work. Here's how to couple it to another technique, which actively draws attention towards the positive behaviours we do want to see in class.

Includes video and staff meeting.

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What actually is Oppositional Defiant Disorder? [infographic]

This infographic has all the key facts you need about ODD (from Liahona Academy).

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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.

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The benefits of 'checking in' with your pupils

Most educators recognise how crucial it is for kids to get on with others, fit into society and build emotional resilience. Here's one hugely important (but frequently overlooked) step in that process.

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Mainstream school, exclusion and special needs

Our anonymous SENCO exposes the hidden crisis (financial and human) that most teachers are unaware of. But do you agree with their thoughts on exclusion, mainstream schools and students with behavioural special needs?

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Why do children smirk?

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

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Is this simple, psychological principle undermining your behaviour management?

We explain how to identify (and avoid) the dangers of this simple, psychological principle.

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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.

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Why do young people get angry?

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

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What to do when a student walks out of class

When a student walks out of class without the permission, the impact on the teacher's confidence and self-esteem is huge. Here's what you can do to prevent this occurring in the first place and maintain the illusion of control.

Includes video and staff meeting.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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How to create a happier dining room

Do you dread the afternoon drama that follows fractious lunchtimes? Here's how to have a big impact on dining room behaviour, simply by modifying your environment.

Includes video and staff meeting.

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Do EHCPs fail children with challenging behaviour?

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

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How to cut down on calling out

In this article, we share our secret to reducing calling out in the classroom (because it's the most annoying thing ever).

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5 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 5 experts.

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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.

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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.

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How to cut down on tale telling

Do you collect your class after lunch, only to find they want to complain about every little thing that happened during break? Here's our guide to training your class out of tale telling.

Includes video and staff meeting.

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Four scientifically proven ways to escape school stress this holiday

Need an express remedy for school stress this half-term? In our latest article, we share four proven ways to escape tension - that are backed by science.

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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.

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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.

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How to improve your classroom management (easily)

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

Includes video and staff meeting.

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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. So - what do you about classes that find it difficult to come together as a group? Here is our guide to stopping your class in their tracks.

Includes video and staff meeting.

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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? Their answers make essential reading.

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How stress affects student behaviour

Kids are under pressure at school like never before, with ever higher academic expectations and repeated formal testing. If this high-pressure environment takes its toll on teachers in the form of heightened stress, what are the effects on students?

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

Don't make this basic mistake if you want to sound assertive! Many teachers make this one simple mistake that drastically reduces how assertive they sound when they are giving instructions. In this month's guide, we explain how to avoid that mistake, and how to switch to a much more powerful way of speaking.

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Five ADHD myths busted.

According to a CDC screening programme in the United States, approximately 11% of pupils are now thought to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This means that your class could potentially have 3 pupils who may find it almost impossible to physically sit still and focus their attention on your lessons. With that in mind, let’s look at the most common misunderstandings about ADHD!

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How to convey calm.

Most teachers have felt totally frazzled by a pupil's behaviour at some point. However, when a crisis strikes, the situation will rarely improve unless the adult is able to give the impression that they are cool, calm and collected. Here's how to do it.

Includes video and staff meeting.

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Managing classroom behaviour at Christmas.

We all know how difficult times of change can be, especially for young children. Throw a sprinkle of Christmas excitement into the mix and teachers can rapidly reach the ends of their tether before the festive season even begins. 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.

Includes video and staff meeting.

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How to harness the power of praise.

If you find that you are getting sucked into negative behaviour management, it's time to change to a different tact and reap the benefits for everyone in the class - including yourself!

Includes video and staff meeting.

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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.

Includes video and staff meeting.

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Three 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.

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Three 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.

Includes video and staff meeting.

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