Week 2: Creating an inclusive ethos and culture

10. Positive behaviour management checklist

The checklist below is suggested as a way for teachers to review how clear, consistent, positive and inclusive the behaviour management strategies are in their schools. The next activity asks you to use this checklist to reflect on how behaviour management strategies could support an inclusive ethos and culture in your school.

Activity 2.8 Reviewing the Behaviour Checklist

Allow approximately 30 minutes for this activity:

Review the proposed teacher checklist for positive behaviour management below.

  • Use it to analyse a lesson that you taught or observed recently. Use the scale below to rate the aspects of the lesson highlighted in the checklist.

1. Securely in place 2. This sometimes happens 3. We don’t have this 4. I don’t know what this means

  • Note down any the elements that you rated at 2. How could you ensure that these become consistent aspects of your practice/ the school’s practice?
  • Look for any elements that you rated 3. Which one or more of these could you start to introduce in your classroom/ across the school?

If you are unsure of any of the terms/ suggestions make a note of them, and post a question on the Week 2 forum.

Adapted from Behaviour Checklist for Teachers (DfE 2011)

Meet and greet pupils when they come into the classroom.
Display rules in the class - and ensure that the pupils and staff know what they are.
Display the tariff of sanctions in class.
Have a system in place to follow through with all sanctions.
Display the tariff of rewards in class.
Have a system in place to follow through with all rewards.
Have a visual timetable on the wall.
Follow the school behaviour policy.

Know the names of children.
Have a plan for children who are likely to misbehave.

Praise the behaviour you want to see more of.
Praise children doing the right thing more than criticising those who are doing the wrong thing (parallel praise).
Stay calm.
Have clear routines for transitions and for stopping the class.
Teach children the class routines.