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Have confidence in the power of confidence

Dishing out harsh punishments isn’t the key to good behaviour – you need to help pupils to find something in school which they find truly satisfying, writes this behaviour expert

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Great behaviour doesn’t rely on coercive measures such as rewards and punishments if children are intrinsically motivated to do something. This comes about because of one or more of these interconnected aspects:

The child has a thirst for knowledge

My friend Phil was explaining recently how his great-grandmother was a Suffragette. His daughters were studying this topic at school and were fascinated, fuelled in part because of their family link. Children become fascinated with all sorts of diverse topics and this can sometimes result in a positive feedback loop – knowing more results in a ...

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