All-or-nothing threats won’t reward us with lasting change

Putting students in the last-chance saloon won't secure long-lasting changes in behaviour, says Tes' behaviour expert

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“You always say this is my last chance! You don’t mean it!” boomed Joseph from the other side of the playground – not for the first time.

My colleagues and I worked with Joseph for five years and it is true that, at times, he found our school a difficult place in which to be successful (you can learn more about Joseph from a previous Tes article,

While my colleagues and I spent plenty of time supporting Joseph to improve his behaviour, not once had I uttered that phrase to him. I think he must have heard it many times before in previous schools for it to have stuck.


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