Nathan Burns

The pitfalls of rewarding good behaviour

An unwise drinks decision on a school trip resulted in a frosty reception and a valuable lesson about rewards for Nathan Burns

The pitfalls of rewarding good behaviour

When I arrived with a big group of students at the NEC, more or less on time, to attend the Big Bang Fair, I couldn’t help patting myself on the back. This was a teaching milestone: here I was, leading my very first school trip.

This was my trainee year (back when school trips were actually allowed) and leading a trip seemed like the perfect challenge for me. I’m an extremely organised individual, so the numerous risk assessments, bus enquiries and consent forms that come with trips are just my cup of tea.

Everything that I needed was sorted in good time. I had a full set of documents ...

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