Bad behaviour? Don’t blame the parents

If we really want to resolve the issue of problematic behaviour in schools, we need to understand the root causes, argues Gale Macleod. Teachers are inclined to put bad behaviour down to factors outside of school, she says, but maybe they need to ask whether they are doing enough to ensure that all pupils feel like they belong in their classrooms

Don't blame parents for bad behaviour

The concern about the behaviour of some young people in our schools does not go away. This is despite the Behaviour in Scottish Schools report showing that the majority of teachers report positive behaviour from most (or all) of the pupils most of the time. There is a lot of effort that goes into thinking about how best to respond to indiscipline in our schools, but how well do we understand the causes of this kind of behaviour?

When we make judgements about what causes young people to present with behaviour in schools that we find challenging (by which I mean frightening, worrying, ...

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