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10 Creative Approaches and Tips for Specific Behaviour Management Scenarios in Primary School

The thing about behaviour is that there's always something new to deal with, and children who are immune to your tried-and-tested methods. But these creative ideas and specific scenarios should arm you with a few more tricks...

  • 10 Creative Approaches and Tips for Specific Behaviour Management Scenarios in Primary School

Creative ideas

1 | Creative ideas for maintaining order in the classroom

If you can’t get your class to be quiet and listen, crack open a can of dog food, they’ll soon be stunned into silence. It’s not quite as crazy as it sounds, but Sue Cowley explains this and other ways you can manage classroom expectations in this piece.

Read them all here.


2 | Could a therapy dog boost behaviour and wellbeing in your school?

People often joke about getting a dog for the workplace, mainly in the dream that instead of actually working they could just play with the pooch all day. But is it such a dream after all? What if a therapy dog could actually benefit your students’ behaviour?

Here, Cheryl Drabble talks about her school’s decision to get a dog, and what it could mean for the pupils.

Read all about it here.


3 | A daily dose of glove puppetry

“I felt like handing in my notice, curling up into a ball and crying until everyone went away…We were becoming a school in crisis.” In this article The Primary Head recounts how he started to turn behaviour around in a challenging school trying anything he could that helped, including songs and puppets.

Read his story here.


4 | Why you should visit a special school

With a large number of children needing SEND support or EHC plans, why have so few teachers taken a trip to see how settings outside the mainstream do things?

This is the question Jarlath O’Brien poses here, as he lays out the reasons why you should visit your local special school and what you can learn.

Click here to see what he has to say.


Specific scenarios

5 | Step-by-step guide for students who just won’t follow instructions

“No, I won’t.” It’s the stuff of teachers’ anxiety nightmares. You’ve arrived in the classroom, nothing is planned, the books have gone missing, the pupils are jumping from desk to desk and you awake in an emotional frenzy, sweat on your brow, just after the naughty kid looks up at you and point blank refuses to do what you ask.

In this feature Molly Potter takes you through the best way to deal with non-compliance.

Check out how here.


6 | Every kind of child you’ll ever teach

“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength,” said Maya Angelou. Then again, she didn’t have to teach them all day…

In this tongue-in-cheek article, Jon Brunskill walks you through every pupil type you’ll ever teach, from the space cadet to the church mouse.

Read the full article here.


7 | The show-off with an attitude

How to solve a problem like Billie – she’s an attention seeker with an attitude, and a chaotic home life too. Here, behaviour expert Robin Launder explains why all students need teachers who are fair and consistent, especially those with difficult home lives.

Read his thoughts here.


8 | Dealing with differing advice

When colleagues offer wildly different behaviour management advice, how do you know which to take? Working out whose sage staffroom words are the custard cream of the crop and who’s scraping the bottom of the biscuit barrel can be difficult, but behaviour expert Paul Dix is here to help you choose.

Read what he has to say here.


9 | How to tackle classroom group chats

Is this a private conversation or can anyone join in? From a familiar corner of the room, Oscar and pals are distracting the class with loud discussions about anything but classwork. Paul Dix looks at how you can get these lively lads back on task.

Check out his advice here.


10 | What to do when a child hates compliments?

‘Wonderful artwork, George!’. ‘Brilliant sentence structure, Emily!’ Everyone loves a compliment, right? But what do you do when adulation is met with anger?

Paul Dix explains here.

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