Creating a Positive Behaviour Culture in our School
One School’s Journey
In May 2021, we surveyed parents, students, teachers, SNAs, and the SMT. We asked three simple questions:
- What factors contribute to the aspects of the school that are working well?
- What factors hinder us as a school community from doing better?
- What support would be helpful?
What came back was a shared desire to improve our approaches to managing behaviour, and we decided to make this our focus.
At this point, I contacted Fiona Richardson. I knew she was the leading light in Ireland in this area. Following discussions with school leaders from other schools, I realised that many of us had similar concerns around behaviour. This got me thinking about the possibility of pursuing a programme that all schools could benefit from.
The Examcraft Group with Fiona Richardson agreed to design a course on behaviour that would cater for all schools and teachers. PSN agreed to pilot it. Almost a year later, with the expertise of Fiona Richardson, a bespoke course unlike any other now exists in the area of Positive Behaviour Management for Learning.
So, how are we engaging with the course and why?
The course clearly outlines the link between understanding behaviour (both teacher and student) and the impact this has on everyone’s learning experience in the class/school. It delves into all areas of behaviour, from relationships, classroom rules, routines and consequences, to school-wide approaches and more specialised approaches for the outliers in the school. It has given us a roadmap of what to do and the confidence to make it happen.
From the point of view of senior management, it is enabling us to build capacity in the hugely misunderstood area of behaviour management. We can now build on teacher experiences and expertise and challenge some of our perceptions, practices and behaviour. This course supports professional development that promotes reflection within a school context and, in my mind, has the potential to affect real change in this area.
We have also offered teachers the opportunity to study the course independently and at their own pace.
If you or your school are having issues in the area of behaviour management, and you have decided to do something about it, this course is for you.