Out for good behaviour

12th January 2001 at 00:00

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT AND POLICY. By Mary Fielding Folens pound;14.95.

This is an invaluable manual for schools: accessible without being superficial, and rich in ideas. It starts by providing a framework for a whole school review of behaviour management, giving detailed guidelines on how such an audit can be set up and implemented. It proceeds with a store of practical ideas about the origins of difficult behaviour and it suggests how such behaviour should be tackled.

The author starts by looking at the structural antecedents to misbehaviour, such as clutter and crowding, and she suggests ways of avoiding such problems by making space available.

Management techniques come next, with the need for rules, reward, the establishent of power and other strategies carefully but simply explained. Ways of using circle time and "paired staffing" are spelt out and discussed, as are ways of working with parents. This is followed by a very helpful behaviour clinic in which common problems, such as verbal abuse, rowdiness, talking out of turn and temper tantrums, are raised. In all of these, the author gives a brief introduction before going on to give masses of suggestions on how to improve things.

This excellent book could form the cornerstone for the review of any school's behaviour policy. Equally, it could provide an invaluable element of any new teacher's induction pack.

Gary Thomas is a professor in education at Oxford Brookes University.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now