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Managing learners who don’t want to learn

A flavour of this workshop

You could have gone into any number of professions… and yet you chose teaching. Or perhaps to quote a common phrase, ‘teaching chose you’. Chances are you are a caring, friendly, well organised person, you spend a great deal of time on your lesson-planning, and are normally good at creating rapport… so why is it that despite your best efforts you just can’t seem to get a handle on the constant low-level disruption caused by a few pupils? You know the ones – they colour your whole day and you forget that 95% of the kids you teach are amazing. To use their own vernacular, they will be ‘doing your head in’.

Our workshops explore the reasons why things go wrong, looking at a few common-sense but still fundamental rules about conduct and expectations. ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Happy’ schools are staffed by people who get the bigger picture - they feel engaged and involved with others, they have respect for each other and collectively creative a positive ‘can do’ culture.

Crucially, the staff also have strategies for dealing with difficult-to-reach pupils. Our ‘behaviour’ workshops can be tailored to include the particular needs of the school and will always build on the experience in the room. We offer solutions using methods that have been proven to be effective within a school environment.

Course content can include some or all of:

Promoting Positive Behaviour

  • Causes & triggers of challenging behaviour - learn to spot ‘behaviour traps’
  • Strategies to defuse, distract, deflect & defend
  • Practical ways of re-engaging with pupils & promoting positive change
  • Gradients of behaviour & importance of context
  • Embedding a culture of positive behaviour

Managing Challenging Behaviour

This can be provided as a follow-on session or a stand-alone session depending on the needs of the school. This course focuses on the responses to behaviours at the more challenging end of the continuum.

  • Demystifying the parameters of ‘touch’ - legal issues around using physical support
  • Avoidance strategies including rehearsed responses
  • Learn graduated physical holds & supports responding to escalating needs
  • Learn & practice single person & two person physical supports

About the trainer

Andrew Black is an experienced teacher has been head of both special and mainstream schools. Working with ESBD (Emotional Social and Behavioural Difficulties) pupils means that he has ‘hands-on’ practical experience in dealing with challenging behaviour of all types and in many situations. Andrew has never lost his passion for teaching and will remind you of ‘the joy of the job’, sending you back into the workplace more confident and competent!  

Interested in this workshop?

Our sessions work as assemblies, hour-long lessons, half days or INSET days. We love working with big groups, so get all your staff in the same room and leave us to it. If you'd like to talk to us about working together or have any questions, just fill in the form below and one of our brilliant trainers will be in touch with you to see how we can help.

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