Paul shares some great tips and techniques on how to improve your behaviour policy – starting with just a few tweaks.
Paul believes we should start looking at our behaviour policies by weighing them. If policies are too long they don’t help you to stick to them, to read them, to have consistency.
Ask yourself what you actually want from a policy:
- A clear structure
- Simple to follow
- Can be picked up and read quickly
This means you won’t have to spend ages pouring through the document trying to find the salient bits.
Three is the magic number
Simplify your behaviour policy in threes:
- What three core values ripple through your daily practice?
- What three outcomes are you pursuing?
- What three consistent mantras does the policy set up?
What is the aide memoir you use with the staff every day? Alongside your single, A4 sheet:
- What is the sign on the door of every teaching space?
- Do you have your key reminders on the back of your lanyards?
- If you run a sports team, do you give each parent a credit card sized reminder about their behaviour?
This day-to-day stuff is important. The bigger behaviour document is essential because it has all the detail you need for other situations but day-to-day you don’t need that much information.
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