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Online course

Managing Behaviour for Learning

Maintain discipline and transform your classroom with one of three courses for teachers from the National STEM Learning Centre.


  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate


  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Managing Behaviour for Learning

Why join the course?

Through this course you will understand Managing Behaviour for Learning in theory and practice and come to enjoy your teaching more.

As the course progresses you’ll be encouraged to try Managing Behaviour for Learning in your classroom and laboratory, actively reflect on what you discover in the process, and share your experience as part of the course discussions.

It gives you the opportunity to learn with Paul Dix, a leading voice in behaviour management in the UK and internationally, and co-founder of behaviour specialists, Pivotal Education.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: Managing your own behaviour to influence theirs

  • Controlling yourself
  • Impact of adult behaviour
  • Stopping short of your full range
  • Interacting with students

Week 2: Using rules and routines to achieve consistency

  • Routines
  • Rules
  • Habits

Week 3: Intelligent use of recognition to motivate students

  • Notes home
  • Recognition or reward?
  • Phone calls home

Week 4: Reducing friction when students behave badly

  • Diverting and diffusing
  • Scripted interventions

Week 5: Reparation and restorative practice

  • Punishments
  • Restoration
  • Reflection

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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?

This free online course is for teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, focusing mainly on the context of UK schools and colleges. It aims to help you learn how to maintain discipline when dealing with unruly students. Although the course draws from examples experienced in the UK, the material covered is relevant to an international audience (and to non-STEM teachers).

This course is designed for English-speaking teachers of STEM subjects in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and FE colleges. It’s also relevant to trainee teachers, teacher trainers, those thinking about a career in STEM teaching and developers of STEM-related course materials.

It is a continuing professional development (CPD) course for people who, in the main, have a degree level qualification, or who are in the process of obtaining one.

Who will you learn with?

Paul Dix

I trained at Homerton College, Cambridge and have taught, managed, and succeeded in a wide range of
schools and colleges in challenging circumstances. I co-founded Pivotal Education in 2001.

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.

Who developed the course?

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.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £59.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.