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Last reviewed on 13 July 2017
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School types: Maintained, Academy, Independent · School phases: Primary

How can schools promote behaviour for learning? We look at the strategy a primary school uses to encourage behaviour for learning. You will also find guidance on using social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL), restorative approaches and high-quality teaching to improve behaviour.

Example of a policy

A behaviour for learning policy from Beaford Community Primary and Nursery School lists what the school will do to promote positive learning behaviour on page 1.

Strategies include:

  • Modelling and teaching the required learning behaviours in class teaching and group sessions across the whole curriculum
  • Using personal, social and health education (PSHE) themes to explore behaviour for learning
  • Modelling and teaching pupils positive ways to deal with differences of opinion or conflict

On page 2, the policy identifies examples of behaviour that inhibit learning. It sets out strategies the school will use in response, such as using non-verbal or verbal cues to help pupils refocus and providing a change of activity or sensory break.

Behaviour for learning policy, Beaford Community Primary and Nursery School (Adobe pdf file) 

The Department for Education and Skills (DfES), a predecessor to the Department for Education (DfE), published guidance and resources

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