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1 School systems Scenario 8: Enforcing a school rule Behaviour Scenarios Resources to support Charlie Taylor’s Improving Teacher Training for Behaviour This Scenario has been developed for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to enable trainees to demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding of behaviour management

2 School systems Introduction 2 Behaviour2Learn has developed 17 Scenarios focusing on the 8 areas highlighted in the Teaching Agency's document Improving teacher training for behaviour. These are: Personal Style Self-management Reflection School Systems Relationships Classroom Management More Challenging Behaviour Theoretical Knowledge Improving teacher training for behaviour Improving teacher training for behaviour has been developed by Charlie Taylor, the Government’s expert adviser on behaviour, to complement the new Teachers’ Standards that all teachers have to demonstrate from September 2012.

3 School systems Scenario 8 Enforcing a school rule There is a rule that pupils may not wear outdoor coats in class. You enter the classroom and ten pupils are sitting in their places with outdoor coats on. What do you do?

4 School systems Key Learning Outcomes Understanding of how effective school systems support good behaviour management. Knowledge of what constitutes good school behaviour policies. Willingness to adapt your practice to fit with the school behaviour policy. Appreciation of the importance of working with everyone in the school to implement the behaviour policy consistently, knowing that consistency is an essential component of managing behaviour.

5 School systems What do you do? Consider these responses and choose the best one(s): 1.Stand in a commanding position and say, “Good morning everyone. Coats off please, you know the rule”. Then get on with the lesson quickly. 2.Gain eye contact with the pupils, raise your eyebrows, smile, mime taking a coat off then look away and start the lesson. 3.Issue a class detention – you have warned them before about the rule and that this will happen if anyone fails to take their coat off. 4.Make an example of one pupil to encourage the others. Say, “ You know you are not allowed to wear a coat in class. Take it off now or you will have to stay in during break time.” 5.Start the lesson and deal with the pupils one by one once the lesson is underway. 6.Stand in front of the class and say, “I know it’s a stupid rule, but just do it.”

6 School systems What may be the best choice? If you are able to carry it off: 2. Raise eyebrows, mime and get on with the lesson is the best option. However, you could also try, 1. “Coats off please, you know the rule.” In both cases it is best to turn away to give ‘take-up’ time, to allow pupils the opportunity to do what you have asked, and reduce the chance of a confrontation. Using these approaches should enable you to get on with the lesson without getting involved in an argument. If nobody complies, repeat the request more assertively. A quick thumbs up, nod or smile to those who are complying will encourage all to follow without distracting them or you from your work.

7 School systems How might you prevent a recurrence? 1.At the end of the lesson, tell pupils that the behaviour target for the next lesson will be for everyone to be ready for learning, following school rules, when you arrive. 2.Thank students for getting this right if they do so next lesson. 3.Be there before the pupils, greet them as they arrive and remind them individually if necessary. 4.Remain calm and courteous and don’t get drawn into an argument.

8 School systems Underlying Principles Teachers may find it inconvenient to enforce school rules, but it has to be done. The most effective learning behaviour strategies apply rules without disrupting learning. Establishing routines early will save time later. If pupils have been involved in drawing up and agreeing the rules, they may be more willing to cooperate. Low intervention methods are preferable to more aggressive approaches and are worth practising in order to solve problems without confrontation.

9 School systems Rights and Responsibilities Schools have the right to make rules and to expect that all staff will implement them. Staff are responsible for making themselves familiar with school rules and procedures. It is good practice to involve all members of the school community in creating the rules. Involving pupils can be very beneficial, both to the pupils themselves (through taking responsibility and feeling valued) and to the staff (through the more positive climate created).

10 School systems Activities to try 1.Compare the Codes of Conduct from different schools. What do you think makes a good whole-school Code of Conduct? 2.Look at the Code of Conduct for your school. How would you explain it to a new pupil? 3.Are there any rules in your school that you would find it difficult to implement? If so, how will you overcome this problem? Discuss your thoughts with a colleague. 4.There is tremendous scope for trying out different approaches to gaining co-operation. Choose a variety of approaches and use them whilst being observed by a colleague. Discuss ‘What went well….’ and ‘Even better if ….’

11 School systems Conclusions If a whole-school Code of Conduct is applied consistently by everyone, pupils will find it easier to understand, remember and follow the agreed rules. As a member of the staff team, you have the responsibility of working with your colleagues to implement agreed procedures even if it is sometimes inconvenient for you. However, intentionally or unintentionally forgetting to take a coat off is not behaviour that should be allowed to develop into a confrontation. Your focus at the beginning of a lesson must be on settling the class down to work as quickly and efficiently as possible. A low-key approach, allowing take- up time, is most likely to achieve this.

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