10 Steps to Certainty

When children escalate take them back to the original behaviour before you deal with the secondary behaviours. Display your consistency clearly on the walls of the classroom. Encourage the children to keep you on track. Manage escalating inappropriate behaviour with an emotionless almost scripted response. Use phone calls home and positive notes home to reinforce …
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Punishment Road

Written by Paul Dix Most behaviour systems are based on the Punishment Road. The idea that for every behaviour there is a punishment to fit the crime. A punishment that is severe enough to give the child experience a road to Damascus and change their ways. For children who won’t ‘do as they are told’ …
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The 30 Second Intervention

Written by Paul Dix Strip out all the ‘magic’ systems, reward catalogues, funky behaviour data tracking software and general frippery that now seems to accompany behaviour in many schools and you are left with what really matters – real conversations with angry children at the point of crisis. It is these moments that lie at …
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Exclusion

Written by Paul Dix The pupils we permanently exclude from school are very often damaged children. You know the ones. Not the children who test the boundaries a little, but the ones who regularly burst with anger, the ones who tell you to ‘fuck off’, the ones who run away, the ones who throw stuff …
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