Based on the work of Dr. Bill Rodgers, behaviour management guru, we have put together a quick list of ‘10 simple steps to managing a cohesive classroom’ that you can use and share with colleagues to share best practice.

  1. Take pupils back to the original behaviour before dealing with or getting distracted by secondary behaviours.
  2. Be consistent. Clearly display rules on classroom walls and encourage children to keep on track.
  3. Use emotionless responses to manage inappropriate behaviour that is escalating.
  4. Reinforce positive behaviour through phone calls and notes home.
  5. Clearly set out rules, routines, learning habits and rituals for those who are becoming difficult to manage.
  6. Make sure everyone, including parents, understands the consequences of inappropriate behaviour.
  7. When speaking to pupils, link behaviour to a consequence. So, if you do this (stay focused on a task, for example), you will be praised. However, if you do this (eat at your desk), you will receive a sanction.
  8. Don’t judge yourself too harshly if you don’t get everything right every day. Aim to be better tomorrow.
  9. Don’t call for high-level sanctions for low-level indiscretions. ‘Crying wolf’ like this may diminish support from colleagues when it’s actually needed.
  10. Issue and implement sanctions on the same day so a child can start tomorrow with a clean sheet.