What should I include in my whole school behaviour training?
It depends on the expertise and experience of your staff.
You need to think about:
- How long they've been teaching and...
- How long they've been working at your school
Obviously, this is particularly important if you're employing newly qualified teachers.
A survey of Initial Teacher Training students, published by the UK Government, revealed “more than two-fifths (41 per cent) of teachers rated their initial teacher training (ITT) in managing behaviour as ‘poor' or ‘very poor'."
Surprisingly, this survey also included teachers who may have been in the profession for a number of years.
So we simply can't afford to assume that teacher training provided our NQTs - or even our more experienced teachers - with the skills they need in behaviour management.
We need to make up for the gaps in teacher training with the right training in school.
But that's not all.
We also need to consider the turnover of our staff.
If you have a group of teaching staff who've been with you for a number of years, they'll be experienced with your behaviour policy and ‘how things are done' at the school.
You can use them as role models or mentors for newer members of staff.
But if you've had a high turnover of staff, or are introducing a new policy, you won't have that ‘body of experience' to rely on.
You'll need to invest more in giving all your staff training, encouragement and reminders.
Here's the best place to start:
Audit your staff's knowledge and confidence with behaviour management.
Ask them to complete an anonymous survey where you ask them about what elements of behaviour and SEMH (social, emotional and mental health) issues they feel confident with, and where they feel they need support.
Of course, this will only give you their opinion - which may not be entirely accurate.
Which makes the next step to combine this data with your own evidence of classroom observations to get a clear picture of where you should focus your programme of training first.
This will give you a training programme that's specific to your school - and where your teaching staff are right now...
...whether they're a trainee teacher, an experienced teacher, or a member of support staff. (And don't forget to include ALL your support staff, including lunchtime supervisors, sports coaches etc.)