Behaviour management: techniques and approaches

See how you can support your teachers to brush up on their behaviour management skills and feel more confident – especially if they’re in their early career teacher (ECT) year or struggling with a particular class.

Last reviewed on 5 September 2023
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Get to know your pupils, especially those who need extra support
  2. Follow, and rely on, your school behaviour policy
  3. Tell pupils what you expect from them from the start
  4. Create routines for a positive classroom environment
  5. Be kind to yourself, and remind yourself it's a work in progress
  6. Brush up on your knowledge with these toolkits and elearning

This article is about behaviour management in the classroom. To learn more about managing behaviour across your school, read about how to embed restorative practice to manage behaviour.

We’re also working on an article about embedding a culture of good behaviour across your school, based on the DfE's behaviour in schools guidance (read our summary). We’ll update this article when the new one is ready – select 'save for later' at the top here to be notified when it's updated. 

Share the rest of this article with your teachers to support them in developing their behaviour management skills.

Get to know your pupils, especially those who need extra support

First, identify the causes of challenging behaviour

Use our article to help you consider your pupils’ underlying needs and how they may be influencing their behaviour. 

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