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How to get buy-in for your behaviour policy

Getting parents on board with the school’s behaviour policy isn’t always easy, and sometimes teachers also let their standards slip. Here, Ruth Golding offers advice on forming a united front

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The parent stormed out of the room with their child, kicking the door, shouting a host of expletives and sending me a parting wish that they hoped I would choke on my lunch. It was an interesting end to the meeting that the parent had just called. I was left in no doubt that the child wouldn’t be doing the detention – or even be in school for the rest of the day.

Many a school leader will have had similar experiences, I am sure. And it is moments like this that demonstrate just how hard it can be to enforce a sanction and stay true to the behaviour policy if you don’t have buy-in from parents ...

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