7 Tips To Boost Behaviour

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How can you manage behaviour in your classroom?

Many of you may have read Tom Bennett’s independent review “Creating a Culture: How School Leaders Can Optimise Behaviour”. Something that really interested us, was an old favourite – Charlie Taylor’s Behaviour Checklist.

The checklist may seem simple but managing a school or a classroom is a complex operation and as a result it is sometimes easy to fail to get the simple but essential things right.

Some stats about behaviour from Teacher Voice Summer 2016 Report state:

  • Almost a quarter (23%) of teachers believed that behaviour wasn’t at least good
  • One in eight teachers did not feel well equipped to deal with student behaviour
  • More than a third (35 per cent) of all respondents judged parental engagement with behavioural issues as being only ‘acceptable’.

This ties to my product review of Class Charts which won BETT 2017 Award for ICT Solutions for Leadership & Management. It’s an all round solution for classroom management with a strong focus on pupil behaviour and fits in very neatly with Charlie Taylor’s Behaviour Checklist.

1 Policy

  • Clear expected standard of pupils behaviour.
  • Policy is clear and understood.
  • Display school rules.
  • Display Tariffs of sanctions and rewards. Have a system in place.
  • Class Charts displays all students in a class and their total of both positive and negative behaviours and can easily identify trends in behaviours.
  • School behaviour policy is denoted by the customisable behaviours that can be recorded in class. Staff use Class Charts to record rewards and sanctions within two clicks.

2 Leadership

  • Model the behaviour you want to see from staff.
  • Senior Leaders can use Class Charts on their learning walks using a mobile device to monitor and record behaviour.
  • Modeling of behaviour can be done by utilising and praising staff usage by looking at our in-depth analytic reports.

3 Building

  • Visit Lunch & playground, & be around at start and end of the day.  
  • Ensure SLT are visible.
  • Ensure pupils move around school effectively
  • Class Charts is a cloud based system. By having Class Charts open in their hand, teachers have a tool to reinforce visible presence with an enforceable behaviour system that will immediately notify parents, line management or senior leadership.

4 Staff

  • Know your staff
  • Praise staff
  • Sort staff that don’t follow policy
  • Class Charts has a direct link to all staff and their timetable.
  • Analytics in Class Charts can focus on teacher trends, identifying general levels of activity to behavioural trends that may be apparent for one teacher. The data generated will clearly give senior leadership an understanding of teachers with a firm grasp of their behaviour policy, and upholding it.
  • Intelligence Events can be made in seconds to notify key staff of any event in school positive of negative. If the head of Mathematics needs to praise their staff more for facilitating positive behaviour in the department, they can receive an email the moment that a threshold is hit.

5 Pupils

  • Praise Good Behaviour.
  • Celebrate successes.
  • Praising students officially can be a burden on staff as information systems such as SIMS are clunky.
  • Praise can be given to the student by:
    • Class Charts has a customisable reward store where schools input their own rewards, assign a behavioural value and students can spend their behaviour points.
    • An intelligence event may be made as we often see such as for a Bronze award,
    • To celebrate the success, further events can be made to notify staff that a phone call home is due.

6 Teaching

  • Monitor praise, rewards and punishments.
  • Ensure staff praise.
  • Ensure staff understand SEN of student
  • Differentiate

Class Charts can visually represent data on behalf of a tutor group, year group, etc.  Heads of departments can easily see any hot spots of positive or negative behaviour and action accordingly.

Visualisation can also be generated for a profile of a teacher with a pie chart of strengths and weaknesses in terms of what behaviour they are recording the most of.

Staff can customise the information on show in their class to contain the SEN Status of a student, their SEN Stage and their SEN type.

Differentiate: Creating mixed ability seating plans.  So CC can differentiate via a cluster or disperse model of any set of data, be it assessment, core pupil data or behaviour scores.  Basically disperse English Current Grade to get A students with D students….Because CC has a live link to MIS data, this cluster or disperse can remain up to date as data is updated.

7 Parents

  • Forge a positive relationship.

With Class Charts you can connect with parents & pupils through any web enabled device or through our parent & pupil apps, avaliable on iOS/Andriod.

Customise your pupil & parent apps to display as much or as little behavioural information as you like.  Notify them of significant events and keep them up to date with homework assignments.

Why not get in touch with Class Charts and see what they can do for your school?

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Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner is TT Editor, as well as a Freelance Publisher. She has been working with @TeacherToolkit for over 6 years - since she published his first book in her role as Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing. Since then, she left her day job, moved to Madrid and trained as an English teacher. She is now a key member of the TT team, continues to teach english and edit books, and also spends her time learning spanish and searching for the best tortilla de patata! You can follow her at @HollyEditTeach.