John Morgan

Behaviour management: the science behind Slant

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The Slant classroom management policy – which demands that children sit up, listen, ask and answer questions, nod and track the teacher – has been widely adopted. But does forcing pupils to focus on their posture hinder learning, asks John Morgan

Slant behaviour management technique

Towards the end of the summer holidays, just as schools were solidifying plans for September, news came from the US that will have caused many senior leaders to nervously re-examine their behaviour policies. One of the US chains of charter schools that had pioneered the Slant technique of classroom management – where children have to sit up, listen, ask and answer questions, nod and track the speaker with their eyes – had decided to ditch it.

Uncommon Schools explained the decision in a statement on 14 August, saying that, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, it had reviewed its ...

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