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Consensus rules


Ages 11 to 14

Allow pupils to set the classroom rules. They have two minutes to talk to a partner about what rules they would like and justify them, then move into groups of four and write five rules.

Finally, ask them to move into groups of eight and agree on five rules per group. This ensures pupils have thoroughly discussed the reasoning behind the rules they have set. Group representatives then give feedback to the teacher and select five rules for the whole class. They will usually come up with similar rules to the ones you would like, such as only one person speaking at a time, and not laughing at other people's opinions. This gives the pupils ownership of the rules, and they begin to govern their own behaviour

Linda Asquith is head of PSHE and citizenship at Cathedral School, Wakefield

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