Seven building blocks for success

John De Nobile, Teola London

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    Why is it that there can be such differences between student behaviour in one school and student behaviour in another, just a couple of kilometres away? If student from both schools are living and being brought up in the same area, with similar socioeconomic backgrounds, cultural orientations and other experiences, then how is it that the behaviour of these students can be so different? Research suggests that school leadership is an important factor, along with a whole school behaviour management policy that has been nurtured by that leadership. This article confirms the importance of whole school behaviour policies in making a real difference in student behaviour. Seven key building blocks for successful whole school behaviour management are suggested. These are: be democratic; involve the community; work from values; review, revise, review; give it time; use data; and support the staff. It is important to remember that a whole school approach to behaviour management is essential to support cohesive well running classrooms. Fewer behaviour concerns mean less stress and that means more opportunities for teachers and students to experience schools as they should be - positive, productive and stimulating centres of learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)42-46
    Number of pages5
    JournalLeadership in focus
    Issue number27
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Whole school approach
    • Behaviour management
    • Student behaviour
    • Educational leadership
    • Leadership responsibility
    • Primary secondary education


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