Managing Behaviour for Learning

Transform your classroom with this CPD-certified course for teachers. Support learning by building trust and improving behaviour.

  • Duration 5 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Enabling you to get the most from your students

With effective behaviour management in your classroom, your learners will gain as a result and you’ll enjoy your teaching more.

You’ll explore first how your behaviour influences your students’, looking at how you control emotional responses and interact with students. Then, you’ll learn techniques and develop your capability to achieve consistency in managing behaviour, recognise positive behaviour and build trust in your classroom.

You’ll be supported by experienced teachers, encouraged to actively reflect on your classroom practice, and share your experience as part of the course discussions.

Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsHello. I'm Paul Dix. Behaviour specialist at Pivotal Education. I'm going to show you how to harness the power of your own behaviour to dramatically improve the behaviour of your students. I'm going to show you how routines are central to establishing clear and high expectations of your students and I'm going to show you how to intervene with poor behaviour with techniques that protect you and protect the dignity of your students. I'm going to show you through this course how techniques can benefit your students, how recognition should be central to your classroom or laboratory technique and not reward. How a clear and purposeful learning environment can be established through clear boundaries and how we can deal with tricky customers with real flair.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 secondsThe benefits of studying this course for your school is that you can have STEM teachers who are employing a consistent approach to managing behaviour. This means calmer classrooms, less fallout for senior and middle managers and most importantly calmer teachers. It's run online, and it's 15 hours of taught time. It's going to allow you to do some action research in your classroom, in your laboratory. You're going to be able to develop resources that are useful today, tomorrow and into the future. And most importantly you're going to develop techniques to use in your context that really work with your students. I look forward to seeing you on the course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Managing your own behaviour to influence your students’ behaviour: controlling yourself, adult behaviour and interacting with students.
  • Using rules and routines to achieve consistency: routines, rules and habits.
  • Intelligent use of recognition to motivate students: recognition, classroom techniques and communicating home.
  • Reducing friction when students behave badly: diverting and diffusing, scripted interventions.
  • Reparation and restorative practice: punishments and restoration.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service: This course has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which means it can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Assess how your own behaviour influences the behaviour of your students.
  • Apply rules and routines to achieve consistency.
  • Apply recognition intelligently to motivate students.
  • Demonstrate how to reduce friction when students behave badly.
  • Develop reparation and restorative practice.

Who is the course for?

Managing Behaviour for Learning is a continuing professional development (CPD) course designed for teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, focusing mainly on the context of UK secondary schools and colleges.

Although the course draws from examples experienced in the UK, the material covered is relevant to an international audience and to non-STEM teachers.

Who will you learn with?

Becca Knowles

Becca Knowles

Head of Network at The National STEM Learning Centre and Network. I have 24 years experience in education as a chemistry teacher, senior leader and Head of Science in a variety of schools.

Yeasmin Mortuza

Yeasmin Mortuza

Educational consultant for primary and secondary schools, specialising in improving science teaching, and promoting positive behaviour for learning.

Jane Winter

Jane Winter

Professional Development Leader, specialising in STEM employed at York University and in Lincolnshire schools.

Who developed the course?

National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

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