Tom Bennett, TES behaviour adviser, explains why seating plans are the best way of building a relationship with your class, as well as an effective method of making sure your students are in the best position possible to learn. This video is part of a series of behaviour management strategies. Find more here:


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Created: Jul 22, 2013

Updated: Mar 28, 2017

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  • 5
    user avatarF1roza2 years agoreport

  • 4

    Great for getting kids to mix, learning names & breaking up potential problem groups that build up - always at the back!

  • 4
    user avatargetty2 years agoreport

    Great advice & it works! However many teachers in primary schools are instructed to organise pupils into groups such as 'kagan' fours. I've used almost every different seating arrangement over the years & the rows & columns arrangement works very well with challenging classes. Placing pupils into small groups of 4 can work well with primary pupils too. It does often depend on your class dynamics. Interestingly, the children like working in pairs.

  • 5

    Excellent. I love this part about breaking the social groups. More often, they fail to see the difference between a serious lesson and their chit chats.

  • 5
    user avataracewatson3 years agoreport

    Short and to the point will try it. Was trained to use 'cafe' style room layout, anything else deemed unsuitable for observations but it is difficult to manage challenging students when they are in cosy groups!