Guidance Report from the Education Endowment Foundation.

Published December 2019

Misbehaviour in lessons is something that has been documented by teachers for centuries. And while most pupils in most lessons are well-behaved, it’s a major cause of stress for teachers and can have a lasting impact on the outcomes of the pupils in the class. There’s a clear need for school to have consistent and clear behaviour policies that promote positive behaviour in lessons.

This EEF guidance report is designed to support senior leaders in primary and secondary schools to make better-informed decisions about their behaviour strategies. It includes a number of practical examples of programmes and approaches that should be helpful in schools and classrooms where behaviour is generally good as where there are problems.

To develop this report’s six recommendations for improving behaviour the EEF not only reviewed the best available international research, but also consulted with teachers and other experts. As with all EEF guidance reports, its publication is just the start of how they aim to support schools in implementing these recommendations. They will now be working with the sector, including through colleagues in the Research Schools Network, to build on them with further training, resources and tools.

This report is well-timed for school leaders to consider alongside the recent Timpson report on exclusions, and to be part of professional conversations around behaviour that will be central to the Department for Education’s Behaviour Support Networks.

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