Government asks teachers: how should behaviour management be taught?

Teachers are being given the opportunity to design their own fantasy teacher-training behaviour-management course, and to decide how they would like to see it taught.

The government’s initial teacher training working party is looking at behaviour management, and wants to hear from classroom teachers, headteachers and anyone else working in schools.

So teachers are being asked to think about which behaviour-management skills they wish they had been taught, which they think new teachers need, and how these skills should best be taught.

The consultation is being run by Tom Bennett, TES columnist and the government’s behaviour tsar.

“It’s clear to us that training teachers need to know more about running a room and gaining the skills and knowledge in order to do that,” Mr Bennett said. “But what skills? What knowledge?

“There’s an ocean of experts out there with different experiences, training and perspectives. We want to draw on that collective professional wisdom, in order to help us build sensible and powerful recommendations for our report.”

Mr Bennett would like staff to send in their answers to the following two questions:

  1. What kind of behaviour-management content/skills do you think training teachers need to know or have, in order to begin as teachers?
  2. How is this best taught? What kinds of methodologies or learning strategies work best?

    For class swots, there is also an optional third question:

  3. Is there anything else important you would like to add?

Answers to each question should be no longer than 400 words. Responses need to be brief and powerful.

The deadline for submissions is 7 December. Please send them to: BehaviourManagement.itt@education.gsi.gov.uk

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