• Williamson calls for silent corridors and banned mobiles 'to be the norm'

    Education secretary Gavin Williamson wants the school culture created by behaviour policies such as silent corridors and banning mobile phones to “be the norm”. The comments follow the Departments for Education’s announcement it will be launching a new £10 million behaviour taskforce to tackle classroom disruption and unruly behaviour. It’s the latest sign of the

    12.09 Feb. 28th, 2020 | News

  • DfE reveals new behaviour taskforce

    The government has unveiled its new taskforce to help schools tackle unruly behaviour. The six advisers (see list below) will join the government’s behaviour tsar Tom Bennett in supporting 20 lead schools with ‘exemplary behaviour’ to help others tackle classroom disruption. Education secretary Gavin Williamson said the £10 million programme, announced in August, would “give

    0.01 Feb. 28th, 2020 | News

  • OGAT and isolation rooms: what the data shows

    Opponents of isolation rooms claim they disproportionately punish the poorest and most vulnerable pupils. OGAT, one of the trusts under intense media scrutiny over isolation rooms, claims its strict behaviour policies are part of its “turnaround strategy” for the schools it takes over. Schools Week has data that sheds new light on those claims Some

    5.00 Jan. 13th, 2019 | News

  • School uses 'nurture room' to calm pupils at risk of misbehaviour

    Students at Aureus School in Oxfordshire who feel at risk of misbehaving are encouraged to “self-refer” to a nurture room to watch an aquarium or “sit and smell in the darkness”, says Julie Hunter, the school’s deputy headteacher. “To nurture their minds, we need to support them, maybe by giving them that time in a

    5.00 Dec. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Teachers 'in danger' as schools step up to tackle knife crime

    Schools are being forced to put teachers in harm’s way in the battle to keep pupils safe from knife crime as police cuts bite, a Schools Week investigation has found. Headteachers have also rejected recent calls for schools to stagger the times they send pupils home to tackle violence between pupils in the evenings, instead

    5.00 Nov. 9th, 2018 | News

  • What if it's behaviour, not workload, that makes teachers leave?

    Everyone knows the statistic: one in three teachers leaves in their first five years on the job. But what if it isn’t stress, or workload, or pay, that’s the issue? What if it’s pupil behaviour? Over the past year, as I’ve watched the daily replies of 2,500 teachers to the Teacher Tapp surveys, it has

    5.00 Sep. 24th, 2018 | Opinion

  • UTC becomes first school with cameras in every classroom

    A university technical college in Birmingham has become the first school in the country to install always-on, 360-degree cameras in all of its 28 classrooms. Aston University Engineering Academy, which caters to just over 600 14- to 19-year-olds, officially launched the video equipment at an event at the UTC on July 18. AUEA has been

    5.00 Jul. 20th, 2018 | News

  • Why every school needs to learn how to handle ‘conduct disorder’

    Schools have ineffective behaviour management strategies because they want a “quick fix” to a common disorder but don’t understand the neurology behind it. Some teachers don’t know how to manage “conduct disorder” – a mental condition which causes disruptive and sometimes violent behaviour in pupils – because they don’t know how to identify and respond

    7.00 Jun. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Are zero tolerance behaviour policies legal?

    With the parliamentary education committee considering exclusions at present, barrister Russell Holland explains schools’ legal liabilities The education select committee has been reviewing exclusions and recently heard evidence about the way zero tolerance behavior policies potentially reduce inclusion. Its hearings even raised the question of whether zero tolerance policies are legal, especially given the fact

    5.00 Mar. 10th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Teaching misconduct: Sexual impropriety dominates lifetime bans

    Three quarters of teachers banned from the profession for life last year were excluded for sexual misconduct – with the remainder committing fraud and exam malpractice, or intentionally misleading job applications. Schools Week analysis of the 135 hearings carried out by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) between September 1, 2016 and August

    5.00 Nov. 26th, 2017 | News

  • Study takes pictures of packed lunches to tackle obesity

    A study into using so-called “nudge theory” to encourage parents to pack healthier lunches for primary school students will publish its findings this month. Funded by Public Health England and carried out by researchers from the University of Derby, there are high hopes that the low-cost, low-intensity theory of behavioural modification could have a real

    5.00 Nov. 4th, 2017 | News