The new independent review by Tom Bennett provides practical guidance to teachers on how to tackle bad behaviour in classrooms.
His report. /404'Creating a culture: how school leaders can optimise behaviour' concludes that while there is no 'silver bullet', there are a variety of strategies that can be used to tackle poor behaviour.
It also highlights that although standards of behaviour can be a challenge for schools, leadership is key to creating the right culture to tackle this issue:
"How well students behave in school is crucial to how far they succeed, socially and academically. There are many tremendous schools doing a superb job, and some schools that could improve a great deal.
"I spoke to leaders of coastal schools, inner-city schools, rural, primary, secondary, alternative provision and asked them what they did. Every school has different circumstances and challenges, but we found that some themes were almost universal: clear routines, robustly administered, high expectations and a focus on building a strong sense of identity and good relationships where children feel they belong, are safe, and are expected to do their best. That’s why I called it ‘creating a culture’. Because these things don’t happen by accident.
"We also need to acknowledge that in some schools, challenges faced are greater than in others, and in these circumstances we need to look at better ways of guaranteeing that provision, skill sets and support are available. The skills required to improve school behaviour cultures already exist within the ecosystem of schools. The challenge now is for us to collaborate as a community to do so."
The Department for Education has welcomed the report and will now use its findings to inform ongoing work to help and support schools to deal with this issue.