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Behaviour management resources

Resources | Published 4 December, 2009

Every teacher needs to manage behaviour effectively to ensure the best learning environment for all pupils. However this does not mean that every teacher has to re-invent the wheel. Here are some of the best free resources from TES on behaviour and classroom management strategies.


Class contract

Agree the classroom rules and set the boundaries with this class contract, to be signed by every pupil.

Achievement note

Intended for Primary and Early Years, this achievement note is a great way to send praise home.

Star chart

Monitor positive progress with this weekly star chart for good behaviour.

Report card

Personalise this report card template to suit your lesson times and comment style.

Behaviour ladder

A clear visual progression ladder for pupils to understand the consequences of their behaviour.

PowerPoint timer

Help pupils manage their time effectively with this adaptable timer.

Marbles timer

A fun take on a countdown timer, this marbles PowerPoint is sure to motivate your pupils to respond.

Primary behaviour strategies: ADHD

This insightful video and accompanying resources show practical strategies to deal with ADHD as well as whole class management.



Top ten behaviour tips

A list of ten simple tips from TES adviser Tom Bennett to help you manage behaviour in the classroom.

Seating plans: Advice and template

This resource gives guidance on how to prepare and manage your seating plan.

Using body language in the classroom

A thoughtful resource encouraging teachers to use their body language as a behaviour management tool.

Reflective detention sheet

A reflection tool to encourage pupils to accept responsibility for behaviour that also serves as a helpful record for teachers in case of repeat incidents.

Teachers TV: Changing challenging behaviour

This video shows a national course that provides practical strategies for dealing with poor behaviour.

Behaviour support: TAs

A Teachers TV video that highlights the benefits of a consistent teacher-TA approach to behaviour.

Behavioural de-escalation

Useful for Inset or training, this resource outlines strategies for dealing with aggressive behaviour.

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  • Fantastic! I am certainly going to use these in my classroom.

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    4 August, 2010


  • Rewards and punishments do not result in good behaviour.

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    14 September, 2010


  • I agree with eileenfreelybaker - rewards and punishments only ever seem to prolong dysfunctional whats-in-it-for-me relationships. I wonder why we (as a body of teachers) are so wedded to the idea that 'points mean prizes' works in education.

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    16 September, 2010


  • As an inexperienced teacher, I'd be interested to hear if eileenfreelybaker and stillrollingalong have any better or different ideas to promote good behaviour and effort in class. Any tips greatly appreciated.

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    17 September, 2010


  • Excellent information on behaviour management

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    27 September, 2010


  • Now that depend upon the climate under which the rewards are given surely? If it coercive then of course, it would simply be seen as a bribe, and will have no impact on behaviour or effort - at least intrinsically. However, if they are offered in reponse to a certain action or behaviour in a positive manner then surely they could illicit a response not disimilar to the learned industriousness theory. Sorry to get on my high horse; I do agree that rewards, under certain restrictive circumstances can be damaging, but let us not dismiss them altogether............

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    18 January, 2011


  • Although i agree with the comment "it promotes a whats in it for me realaltionship". It is purley dependant on how and when you use such rewards. The idea in encouragment take a step towards it then set your standards higher and stop issuing rewards for lesser tasks. Black and williams positive reinforcement and contructive criticism.

    It seems as teachers nowadays are more interested in punishing the bad and not rewarding the good.

    I teach across a broad range from KS1 - Secondary - FE and i use simply rewards like this across all sections even when teaching ILM lv 5 in management to top business men and it always gains a positive response if used correctly.

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    19 January, 2011


  • I agree with some of the comments regarding awards as being 'what's in it for me?' or a form of bribery. However, depending on the type of behavioural difficulty that is displayed in your classroom, sometimes 'rewarding' one child (albeit only for short term peace!) can be the difference between the other 29 children getting an education or not!

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    7 February, 2011

    Amanda Farrell

  • Id be much more interested in new strategies to cover the disillusioned 16-19 year-old students who flatly refuse to do any work outside college, cannot see the value of education and have many, many issues that they are unable to escape from - however hard they try!! Oh, and they have a level of Literacy two or three times below the "level" of their main course . . .

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    8 February, 2011


  • I am facing the difficulty with "not to be their chum". Some pupils are really good folks and it is intersting for me to chat with them about different questions. But they start to talk with me like I am their mate. Then I show the distance, but I don't want them to turn away from me beacuse of it. How to set the bondaries without losing their good attitude.

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    22 October, 2013


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