So how do schools deliver this?
- Centralised systems: a centralised behaviour system is vital. Often, this may take the form of whole school detentions running each day that any teacher can put a student in to. No teacher should ever have to face the decision of sanctioning a student, and thereby having to stay at work later, or seeing their own family. By having a centralised system, you support teachers to enforce your school’s behaviour policy. It’ efficient too: instead of having 15 different teachers spending an hour running a detention on the same evening, you can have one person running a whole school detention.
- Low-impact processes: recording and communicating behaviour incidents can be a huge addition to teacher workload. It doesn’t have to be this way. With technology allowing for instant electronic communication to parents, schools can build systems that allow for a quick and efficient way of informing parents about sanctions or detentions. School systems must therefore be quick and efficient – any more than three clicks of the mouse to record an incident is too much. If you want your teachers to challenge behaviour, your systems need to have the smallest possible impact on their workload.
- Supportive leadership: where school leaders shy away from supportive leadership of behaviour the result is that teachers soon stop challenging behaviour, fearful that they will not be supported. Equally, judging staff by their use of a behaviour system is illogical; surely, you want your staff to use it? School leaders shouldn’t be drawing conclusions from high usage, rather they should be thanking those staff for doing as they have been asked. Schools must ensure that their behaviour leaders will stand boldly and unashamedly with their teachers in implementation of school policy. They should proudly stand with their staff in holding the line. Any move that undermines a teacher will result in them not feeling supported and deter them from managing behaviour effectively in the future. The implementation of any policy is only as strong as the staff who are implementing it. Anything that dissuades staff from doing so will not lead to excellent behaviour in a school.