To win the behaviour battle, first give up the fight

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Using a no-excuses approach to discipline had mixed results and left James Roriston exhausted. So, after reading research about how to establish a positive school culture, he jumped right in

If you want to win against behaviour, just give up

The school had been up and running for only about a year. It was an international school in Sweden, open to all and charging no fees. I was a relatively green head of year and most of the students were delightful. Seemingly, it was the perfect situation.

However, a minority of students began to cause problems. They were disaffected, either by society, home life or school, and began showing it in the classroom. A couple of dozen were a daily battle. Common problems involved non-compliance in class, talking back to teachers, low-level disruption and arguments with friends in corridors.

It was ...

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