Recommendation 1: Knowing and understanding students
Know and understand your students and their influences.
Recommendation 2: Teaching students
Teach learning behaviours alongside managing misbehaviour.
Recommendation 3: Classroom strategies
Use strategies and routines in the classroom to support expected behaviour.
Recommendation 4: School-wide supports
Use school-wide supports and initiatives to build expectations and norms around behaviour.
Recommendation 5: Targeted approaches
Use targeted approaches to meet the needs of individual students.
Recommendation 6: Implementation
Consistency is key.
Evidence for Learning has produced another Guidance Report ‘Putting evidence to work: A school’s guide to implementation’ which can be used as a guide as you plan to implement changes in your school related to improving behaviour supports.
Implementation can be described as a series of stages relating to thinking about, preparing for, delivering, and sustaining change. The section ‘Acting on the evidence’ in the ‘Effective behaviour supports in schools’ Guidance Report, suggests a range of strategies that you might find helpful in planning, structuring and delivering a whole‑school approach to behaviour.
We would like to thank the Australian researchers and practitioners who provided input on this Guidance Report, especially our Advisory Panel members: Dr Katherine Dix (Australian Council for Educational Research), Karina Stocker (Docklands Primary School), Tom Cain (Monterey Secondary College), Sarah Richardson (Australian Education Research Organisation) and Dr Russ Fox (Monash University).
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2 Longmuir, F., Gallo Cordoba, B., Phillips, M., Allen, K. A., & Moharami, M. (2022). Australian Teachers’ Perceptions of their Work in 2022. Monash University. doi.org/10.26180/21212891
3 Moore, D., Behnham-Clark, S., Kenchington, R., Boyle, C., Ford, T., Hayes, R., & Rogers, M. (2019). Improving Behaviour in Schools: Evidence Review. London: Education Endowment Foundation. Retrieved from: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/education-evidence/evidence-reviews/behaviour