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A Quick Guide to Behaviour Management

A Quick Guide to Behaviour Management

May 2019 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Even the best and most experienced teachers can struggle with classroom control and it is likely your experiences will vary day-to-day. Bestselling author of Learning Theories Simplified Bob Bates, together with former head teachers Andy Bailey and Derek Lever, offers one-stop support for all teachers in A Quick Guide to Behaviour Management.


Whether you are working with children, young people or adults it will help you:


·       understand why challenging behaviour occurs

·       learn how to be a great teacher in the face of challenging behaviour

·       recognise a range of personalities you may encounter in the classroom and the strategies for dealing with them

Blending learning theories with real-life case studies, it fosters a deeper understanding of what causes challenging behaviour and equips you with all you need to know to handle it!

Part 1: Introduction
1.1 What is challenging behaviour?

1.2 Why does it happen?

1.3 Who's to blame?

1.4 The myths of behaviour management

Part 2: Being a great teacher
2.1 Know your rights as a teacher

2.2 Know your own default position

2.3 Know how to plan your classroom effectively and control space

2.4 Know how to create a first and lasting impression on your learners

2.5 Know what approaches you need to work on to deal with conflict in the class

2.6 Know who you can turn to for help

2.7 Know how to deal with learners with special educational needs or disabilities

2.8 Know how to deal with victims of abuse

2.9 Know how to deal with perpetrators and victims of radicalisation

Part 3: Dealing with challenging individuals
3.1 Making everyone feel safe and confident

3.2 Dealing with Low Level Disruptors

3.3 Getting the best out of challenging individuals

Managing Behaviours

A true story


This book gives excellent examples of how to deal with the many challenges a teacher faces on a daily basis. There are plenty of tips to deal with various situations, and lots of great ideas to engage a learner’s attention. The authors’ knowledge and experience clearly underpins the practicalities of behaviour management.

Ann Gravells

Fantastic source of reference for PGCE and trainee teachers, packed full of useful practical advice supported by a sound theoretical base

Ms Kelly Stewart
Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of Central Lancashire
May 12, 2020

Sample Materials & Chapters

Part 1: Introduction

Bob Bates

Bob Bates was a Senior Executive in the Civil Service for twenty years. During this time, he also worked as a staff trainer and coach and mentor to people with disabilities. He then set up his own Management & Training Consultancy (The Arundel Group), which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year. His work as a management consultant covered a number of local and central government projects as well as working as a trainer with major UK private sector companies. In the late 1990s Bob started a lecturing career, during which time he gained two Masters Degrees in Management and Education and a PhD in Education. He has taught over 1000... More About Author

Andy Bailey

Andy Bailey has been an education practitioner for nearly 50 years. He was the Head Teacher of a primary school in the West Midlands for 26 years from 1983 until 2009. From 2000 until 2005 he was an External Advisor for the national programme for the Performance Management of Head Teachers. He was a School Improvement Partner employed by the Birmingham and Walsall Education Authorities to work within a number of schools between 2006 and 2011. From 2012 until 2015 he was an inspector for Ofsted working as a Lead Inspector in 2014 and 2015. Since his retirement from his head teacher’s post he has worked as a consultant in a number of primary... More About Author

Derek Lever

Derek Lever has been a practitioner in education for over 50 years. He has taught pupils from 4-16 years of age, was an Acting Head Teacher in three rural primary schools in the 1970s and Head Teacher of two large, urban primary schools from 1980 to 1993. He has run Head Teacher training programmes and also spent twelve months as Head of a Learning and Resource Centre. He has been an External Examiner and an Associate Lecturer at two Universities. In 1993, he was appointed as Walsall MBC’s schools’ inspector for mathematics 4-18 and subsequently a general school’s inspector before becoming Deputy to the Chief Education Officer in 1997. For... More About Author