Category Archives: behaviour

Should teachers do what children want?

Every weekday morning, my daughters both moan about having to get up for school. They moan about their teachers and they moan about homework. Given free rein, they would spend all day

Why parents should support schools

Like all parents, I want the best for my children. When they’re unhappy, I’m unhappy. When they suffer injustice, I’m incensed. When their school makes a decision I disagree with, my first

Easy is easy, hard is hard

Recently, I had the ill luck to be present for a friend’s five-year-old daughter’s birthday party. To add to the naturally generated mayhem of putting 30 small children in a space with

The consequences of freedom Part 2

Last month I wrote about RD Laing and how his conception of freedom has had a lasting and negative impact on education as well as wider society. In this post I want

The consequences of freedom

Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade all the days, from

Bottom sets and the scourge of low-level disruption

In many English schools, low-level disruption is the norm. Children talking when expected to be silent, fiddling with equipment and each other, calling out, and generally not being ‘on task’ are all

Is our behaviour a choice?

Arguments about free will date back to ancient Greece, but the scientific consensus now tends towards the belief that free will is an illusion. It’s become an article of faith in the life

Should everyone follow the rules?

I’ve never liked being told what to do. I’m not a great team player and I struggle with authority. I’ve always chafed at constraints and, as I get older, I’ve become increasingly

What’s the big deal about school uniform?

Is there any evidence that school uniform affects learning? In a word, no. Or, rather I should say, I’m not aware of any beyond weak testimonials offered by uniform manufactures and the

On report

Most of the schools I’ve taught in have operated some sort of ‘on report’ system for poorly behaved students. The idea is said poor behaved student presents his or her report card

Five things every new teacher needs to know about behaviour management

Managing students’ behaviour can be the most terrifying aspect of becoming a teacher. Although it’s the nightmare scenarios of being told to eff off on your first day, or having a chair

Should students be punished for poor behaviour?

The following blog was written for Teachers Register – the online solution to supply teaching. Punishment is a bit of a dirty word for many teachers. There often seems to be a