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Don’t turn a blind eye to behaviour

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Behaviour in FE is a tricky beast. We aren’t teaching children. And yet in FE, I have witnessed behaviour that wouldn’t be out of place in a Year 9 class who like to make teachers cry for fun.

There are concerns about how the Ofsted framework’s suggestions on behaviour will be translated in an FE setting, but I’m not convinced that there is much difference between the sectors in terms of what is desirable behaviour.

Granted, I’m not going to be telling Terry – a rugby player who has to turn sideways to fit his shoulders down the corridor – to do up his top button. I also won’t try to give ...

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