Luke Marsden

In schools, behaviour is a numbers game

When the ratio of disruptive children in a class rises too high, the battle is lost, so the way forward is to divide and conquer, says Luke Marsden

In schools, behaviour is a numbers game

Education always comes down to numbers. Behind every parent’s query about their child’s progress sits an elaborate equation made up of teacher-student ratios, assessment grades, minutes of contact time, size of friendship circle, number of awards and plenty of other small, numerical metrics accumulated from class WhatsApp groups and Facebook posts.

Behind every government platitude are measurements of progress, standardised assessment scores, budget bottom lines, staff numbers, efficiency metrics and many more elaborate data-centred ways of trying to assess a school.

But which digits ...

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