Mentoring
expert classroom management
This course aims to make improved behaviour in the classroom.

The aim is to accelerate pupil progress and improve levels of attainment through efficient classroom management.

The programme is designed to support staff in successfully dealing with low-level disruption which leaves more time to concentrate on raising academic standards which is what all staff want to achieve.
about our mentor
Mike Melvin is a retired Head Teacher who has worked in two secondary schools and as head in a Pupil Referral Unit which he took to outstanding in 2008.

Mike now works as a mentor specialising in classroom behaviour strategies that he firmly believes will help staff to eradicate low level disruption in lessons.

Major requirements of Ofsted is that all pupils should be on task throughout every lesson.
 
about the programme
Defining Low-level Disruption
Here we look at how staff define low-level disruption situations and the problems it is causing them.

Practical Tasks
We look at hypothetical but typical situations where pupils are not co-operating with staff. Discussion takes place on how staff would deal with the situation. We also look at the differences in staff perception of the incidents. This is extremely useful when we come to look at consistency later on.

Individuals and Their Behaviour
FUNDAMENTAL part of the course and vital in the quest to improve pupil behaviour. The aim here is to separate the individual from the behaviour i.e. it is not them that you don't like but what they have done! We are the adults here and we need to teach them what is acceptable and what is not.

Leadership in the Classroom
Pupils expect you to be in control and problems can occur when they perceive that you are not. You need clear expectations and all relationships should be positive. This will be a recurring theme.

Planning For Good Behaviour
Sometimes you have to react to situations. However if you are reacting to situations all the time each and every day it is bound to get you down. Try to be as proactive as possible. Use of praise is very important and we will look at how to use it. How can the rest of the staff help without undermining you?

Practical Issues
What can be done? Going back to basics. Entering and leaving. Seating arrangements. Appropriate content and targets. Many more will come up in discussion.

Ownership of Situations
Control and ownership of situations that you are dealing with. Routines and responsibilities. Follow up. YOU are in control.

Working on Repairing Relationships
We are the adults here. Dealing with failure. We can teach pupils how to respond to failure. How can you make it easier for them to change?

Outside the Classroom
Good schools plan for this with a network of support. All staff should be aware of expectations and consequences. Staff should support each other. There should be no confusion for pupils to exploit!

Strategies for Managing Behaviour
Pull together the strategies. Look at practicalities. Body language. Belief in your strategies. Looking to diffuse low level disruption ASAP.


This is a brief summary of the course and we will go into all of it in a lot more detail.
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