Poor behaviour ‘not taken seriously enough in schools’

The BBC reports that the issue of poor behaviour in schools has not been taken seriously enough, says a review by England’s behaviour tsar Tom Bennett.

Ofsted said effective behaviour management was essential for pupils’ learning, development and wellbeing.

Mr Bennett told the BBC: “Behaviour has not been taken seriously enough in the past, and the official data underestimates the extent of the problem in all schools.”

Mr Bennett said strong leadership was key to ensuring better behaviour, and called for head teachers to be offered training in how to devise all-encompassing behaviour policies.

Mr Bennett also called for the Department for Education to direct funds to schools with particular behaviour challenges to fund the creation of internal inclusion units.

Ofsted said: “We will discuss with the Department for Education matters identified for government which are relevant to Ofsted and consider in detail the recommendations for inspection.

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  1. John Senior

    Student behaviour is generally a reflection of the environment outside school. Hence many academies introducing policies resulting in ‘hidden’ admissions tests and high rates of exclusion – then poaching the cream of local schools.
    It also depends on the % of very difficult young people in your school/ young people from challenging circumstances/ability- inability to recruit and the quality / capacity of local provision for working with The most demanding young people.
    Even with v.good strategies/ policies founded in best practice all of the above can present insurmountable contextual challenge – particularly when the current accountability system does not reward or recognise alternative provision unless it delivers good GCSE’s in limited subjects.
    Finally – young people do not learn the habits of poor behaviour in schools. These are usually learned at home and Mr Bennet should perhaps have the courage to say this – particularly when a young person spends such a small proportion of their time in school compared to the home environment.

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