Do you have challenging students who are wasting their potential? The ability to successfully manage student conduct and promote positive behaviour in the classroom is a key skill for all teachers. Establishing and maintaining good behaviours creates the best possible environment for learning and sets every student up for a bright future.

What is behaviour management?

How students behave in the classroom has a huge impact on learning outcomes. Challenging behaviour that goes unchecked can result in poor grades for the pupils causing the disturbance and can negatively impact the rest of the class. Behaviour management is all about reducing negative behaviour and encouraging positive behaviours that give every student the best opportunity to learn.

Managing disruptive students

Disruptive students are usually disengaged, perhaps through boredom or dispassion and display it through poor behaviour. This in turn means their learning suffers. Helping them to get back on track (through behaviour management strategies to behave appropriately), re-engage with their education and feel good about themselves is not an easy task, but it is an essential one. A student may need some extra support to achieve their full potential and it is possible to turn around some of the most challenging students, with a real and significant impact on their self-awareness and achievement.

Understanding how a student tends to behave, their levels of emotional intelligence and their mental horsepower can highlight the root of frustrations and poor behaviour, enabling both the teacher and the student to effectively manage these triggers.

Promoting positive behaviour and enabling students to be more self-aware and understand the reasons behind their behaviour, can empower them to manage and modify their own behaviour, allowing them to resolve any issues and problems themselves.

Positive behaviour management

Engaged students want to learn, they take pride in their work and strive to develop and succeed. This normally manifests itself in positive behaviours including curiosity, interest, good attention and passion when in a learning environment. Such positive behaviours serve an important purpose as they increase a student's levels of success and personal satisfaction.

Students who understand themselves are likely to perform better and be more engaged.  Most likely, they will have greater confidence as they have a better understanding of their strengths and what motivates them, boosting their confidence and focus. Helping individuals to understand their strengths therefore gives them the tools to take greater ownership of their performance. This in turn provides the motivation, determination and self-belief to drive for success, overcome challenges and take pride in their achievements.

A mutual understanding

Teachers who have an understanding of the behaviour of their students are better equipped to effectively guide their learning experience.

Teachers are able to consider the way in which their message is delivered to different students in order to create a positive and inclusive learning environment.


Likewise, students who have an insight into their own behaviour and that of their peers, can use this to guide their approach in both the classroom and when undertaking independent learning.

Ultimately, fostering self-awareness and an understanding of how behaviours are perceived by different people contributes to a positive, engaging and rewarding learning environment. Often, this insight can be used to turn around even the most challenging students.