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Behavioural management

Introduction

In this section you will be looking at behaviour management in primary and secondary schools. But what do we mean by ‘behaviour management’?

Behaviour management is vitally important within the classroom. It is not just about punishing unwanted behaviour or even rewarding desired behaviour. Rather it is about having strategies in place to support children to behave in ways that help them gain the most from their schooling. Oxley (2015) considers that building positive learning relationships and intrinsically motivating children to learn are important for effective behaviour management. ‘Intrinsically’ is important here as it is about children being motivated for reasons inside the person, such as for enjoyment, or because it makes them feel better about themselves; as opposed to extrinsic motivations, such as stickers, money, etc.

This subject has been divided into three topics:

  1. Child reactions looks at children’s reactions – the forms of behaviour children might present within a school setting and the reasons why they might behave in certain ways.
  2. Managing a class or a group looks at different approaches to managing children’s behaviour.
  3. Recognising behavioural issues focuses on how mental health issues may affect a child’s behaviour.