Setting expectations in the classroom

Sian Evans
17th August 2018
A rule book for behaviour management and setting expectations in lessons

Establish rules and rewards for learners of all ages with these visual resources

Now is the time to gather a toolkit of resources to set behavioural expectations for the class, so that the lesson you spent hours preparing for isn’t ruined by low-level disruption. By explaining rules and rewards from the very start, it can help learners understand and respect boundaries before bad habits start to emerge. So, what are you waiting for?

Primary resources

Capture young learners’ attention straight away with this clear carpet rules poster to ensure that pupils know what is expected of them as soon as they sit down. For older students, avoid any confusion about rewards and sanctions by displaying and making constant reference to these posters outlining your classroom procedures.

Establish the behaviour required to learn in a safe, respectful environment with this resource pack, which contains numerous statements about what the class as a whole are expected to do. And don’t forget to explicitly spell out what good looks like with these behaviour tips, so that learners are encouraged to strive for rewards.


Carpet rules posters

Clear posters, with an image and text, showing 'Carpet Rules&'.
By samdaunt77

Behaviour expectations and behaviour steps (sanctions and rewards)

Display resources detailing behaviour expectations, sanctions and rewards. Can easily be customised to suit your own sanction and reward systems. I printed, laminated and cut them out and used on a display window. I kept to 12 steps for sanctions and rewards so that I could display them like a clock face and used a ‘stop’ and ‘go’ sign to reinforce the rewards and sanctions. If you want any more information please email me on Do a search for Happy bones and you will find that resource, it is on the resource bank too!

By dinx67

A4 colour behaviour expectations for 6-11yrs

Examples of some classroom expectations describing behaviours for a safe respectful, learning environment. Attached also a 1 page guide for positioning and using behaviour visuals in a classroom. Uses the stem phrase: In this classroom we eg. keep trying when it's hard.
By Alexandra-MacKenzie

How to get rewards in my room

It occured to me that children in my class are told by my already existing posters that they will get rewards for following the rules and good behaviour, but for some kids, I think they need to know exactly what 'good&' looks like beyond the obvious not shoving and not being mean sort of things... Anyway... thought it might be of interest to someone.
By mrsbradley

Secondary resources

From the outset, inspire positive behaviour in your classroom, rather than focusing on negative statements, using this resource pack. Or, discuss respect, diversity and classroom expectations during form time using this visual, ready-to-use presentation.

Once rules are understood, motivate students to follow them, encourage friendly competition and promote teamwork with this colourful rewards and incentives chart. Finally, you can formalise the expectations you have of your class with this behaviour contract, which helps students to acknowledge the agreement they are making in order to improve their learning environment.


Positive Behaviour Management Resources

A range of PBM resources. These are Art specific but could be easily altered. In case you are wondering the ‘bowl’ is a Buddist singing bowl I use to attract attention. And yes I do think it works!

By mynameiscait

Classroom Expectations Presentation for KS3/KS4

A short presentation on Classroom Expectations- covers Respect, Diversity and more.
Perfect for 1st week Tutor Time.

PPT included fully editable.

Suitable for KS3/KS4.
By Mrs_007

KS3 Classroom behaviour, rewards and incentives chart

I use this system of classroom rewards and incentives for my KS3 students.
I have found that this system works well in providing incentives for good student accountability and motivation to do well in lessons through friendly competition and ensuring team work.

You will see from the attachments that my KS3 classes are divided into four teams and are awarded points for a prescribed set of criteria. At the end of the week I reward the students in the winning team.

I have attached charts for Years 7, 8 & 9. There are two copies of each, one with my rewards criteria and one without so that you may write in your own. All files are in PDF format. Either write in names etc by hand or use your PDF viewer to add annotations.

I hope you find these resources useful. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
By Craig Collins

Basic classroom rules

Every class needs to know what the rules of the room are; this short document includes a brief explanation of why students classes need rules, ten simple rules that help everyone succeed, and a behaviour contract section at the bottom. I find this sheet works best when students have every rule explained to them in detail at the start of term, and then it gets stuck in their book, with signatures for homework.
By Tom_Bennett

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