Getting on the right side of the rules

This poster reminds us that the rules are owned by the school, not by any individual.
They apply to children and to adults. In fact, most of the rules are those governing the staff. And if you think about it, those applying to the children also apply indirectly to staff because they are required to apply the rules in the specified way.

There are many important lessons we can learn from this poster.
No-one is like the first teacher – it’s obviously a caricature - but all of us can have bad days.

But for children, the caricature may seem more ‘true to life’.
Children are easily scared, and like grown-ups they hide their fears in all sorts of ways. There is an important difference in emotional content between the two caricatures. But there is also a difference in style. (Read more in the resource PDF)

Free professional development activity pack
The free professional development activity pack provides a guided discussion plan expanding these five lessons to promote fresh thinking, renew staff motivation and enthusiasm, enhance the school ethos with a sense of mutual endeavour, and improve the well-being of staff and children.

It also includes lesson plans for infant, junior, and lower secondary-age children.

The activity pack comes with the poster.

After you’ve delivered the CPD/ lesson activities, keep the poster on the staffroom wall (and in the classroom) as a reminder… to everyone!

You can get the poster from the narrative website


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Created: Jan 23, 2020

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