Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsWe're so pleased to have you on the course. This behavior management course is going to look not at a thousand strategies that live one moment and die the next, but at the technical aspects of behavior management that are so critical to teachers in our subjects. We're going to look at some simple ways to tweak your existing practice. We're going to look at how to deal with learners who fall off task, who engage in low level disruption, and who disrupt your teaching. But we're also going to focus on the vast majority of students you work with who are dedicated, well-mannered, and diligent in their work.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsThis is a five week course with video clips, audio files, quizzes, and most importantly, some action research so you can test out some of the ideas I give you with your students in your context. Thanks for finding us. And I really hope you enjoy the course.


Thank you for enrolling on the Managing Behaviour for Learning course. This is a free course from the National STEM Learning Centre which has been created in partnership with Pivotal Education. The course will be led by Paul Dix from Pivotal Education.

Paul Dix

Paul Dix is a leading expert in Behaviour Management and through this course will help you to begin teaching your students the self discipline they need in STEM subjects.

Paul trained at Homerton College Cambridge and has an exceptional reputation for designing, implementing and sustaining change in behaviour. He has been working with the most difficult behaviours in the most challenging schools and colleges for the last 20 years. Read more about Paul and Pivotal Education.

Course Support Team

Educators and Mentors

You can access the FutureLearn profiles of the staff supporting your learning from the links below. You can also choose to ‘Follow’ them:

Paul Dix Becca Knowles
Jane Winter Yeasmin Mortuza
Sarah Dagnell Mary Howell


Most of our Hosts join us as volunteer “peer-mentors” who responded to an invitation at the end of the last run of the course to assist with the next run. It is first time we have tried this on this course so please be gentle with them!

Paul Browning Matt Cornock
Manette Carroll Jennifer Robinson
Edith Swinley Soheir Zaki Abdel-Fattah

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for UK teachers of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. STEM teachers in other countries around the world will also find the course useful, but do please bear in mind that there are references to the UK education system and the spellings within the course are British English.

Teachers of non-STEM subjects will also find the course useful, though an emphasis is placed on STEM and on the kinds of physical spaces in which STEM learning and teaching takes place.

What will I learn?

Through this course we aim to give STEM teachers in many different settings the skills they need to manage behaviour effectively. Some teachers are in large inner-city comprehensive schools, others are in small independent colleges, in primary schools or in further education colleges. We aim to make sure that we are speaking to everyone through this course.

At some points the course will look at working at the sharp end - how to survive and thrive in difficult environments. Even if you are not in this situation at the moment, the emphasis you need to have on calm consistent practice in this environment is good practice in every school.

During the course, you will see mentions of different learning spaces - classrooms, laboratories, workshops… STEM teachers work in a variety of spaces, which we aim to acknowledge throughout the course, but for ease we may refer to these as ‘teaching spaces’.

This is a practical course. We will not delve deeply into theory of behaviour, but will focus on what you need to know to manage and improve the behaviour of your learners.

The next five weeks

Over the next five weeks Paul will show you how to transform the behaviour of students. There are video and audio clips, action research tasks, articles and advice. Paul’s cutting edge practice will allow you to take control, build positive relationships and begin teaching your students the self discipline they need in STEM subjects.

Each week will focus on a different aspect of behaviour management (see the course map below). To be successful in this course, you should plan to spend approximately 3 hours each week working on the course.

What is your motivation for joining this course?

Many of you have already introduced yourselves.

Click on the ‘comments’ icon at the bottom of this page and spend a few minutes introducing yourself - if you haven’t already - and finding out more about your fellow learners.

In particular, assuming you are a teacher, describe the kind of educational establishment you teach in, the main subject and the age range that you teach and what you hope to get out of the course.

Please remember both here and throughout the course that you should avoid personally identifying your pupils or other individuals in your comments.


As you progress through the course you will be asked to undertake several tasks each week. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Create resources to use in your classroom.
  • Experiment with strategies with your students.
  • Share ideas for behaviour technique and approach with others.

One convention we use on this course is to highlight a task or tasks for you to do by the vertical line in the left-margin - like the one against this paragraph. So - here’s another task for you; when you are ready click the ‘Mark as complete’ button below and then select ‘Next’ to get started on Week 1.


Video transcripts

On every video step you will find both a ‘View transcript’ link near the top of the page and a transcript in English of the video [PDF] in the ‘Downloads’ links at the bottom of the page.

Course map

Course map

Here is a link to a course map [PDF] which provides a handy overview of the structure of this course; you may wish to print this and other resources to annotate as the course unfolds.

Other resources

We will highlight various resources as we go along but here are two free collections of behaviour management-related resources:

What support will I get?

For questions about the behaviour management ideas and practices, the course is designed to enable support from fellow learners, particularly via the discussions. The Course Support Team will monitor and also contribute to the discussions.

If you need any technical support use the Support button that should always visible at the bottom right of your screen to report a problem. Please note that if you are on a small screen device, the Support button may not be displayed in which case email

If you have a question that is best aimed at the Course Team use the discussion on the If you get stuck step (final step of Week 1). While the course is running responses will usually be provided within 48 hours.

There will be two Q&A (question and answer) sessions to address queries raised by course participants. These will take place in Week 3 (“What would you do differently?”) and Week 5 (“Any further questions?”) and recordings will be made available. More information about how to contribute and where to view the recordings will be shared in later course steps.

In between the Q&A sessions look out for Jane & Yeasmin’s Video Diaries where they reflect on some of the things that have caught their attention in the preceding weeks.

The course will remain open for enrolment for nine weeks following the formal end in Week 5. During this time support will continue to be available via private webinars that will be sold via the FutureLearn shop. For more information about this option please see Step 5.17.


If you’re new to online learning, or new to the FutureLearn platform, you may find this account of How it works helpful. The The Crowdsourced Guide to Learning and Six tips and tools for social learning on FutureLearn may also be of interest.

A reminder: One convention we use on this course is to highlight a task or tasks for you to do by the vertical line in the left-margin - like the one against this paragraph. So - here’s another task for you; when you are ready click the ‘Mark as complete’ button below and then select ‘Next’ to get started on Week 1.

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Managing Behaviour for Learning

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