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Managing Behaviour for Learning

Ended Dec 31, 2014

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Full course description

Starts November 3, 2014

Transform your classroom by making small shifts in your own behaviour. This free, online course has been developed by the National Science Learning Centre (United Kingdom) as part of their suite of high impact professional development for teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Paul Dix, a leading voice in behaviour management in the UK and internationally, will help you learn how to positively influence the behaviour of your students through small shifts in your own behaviour. Other areas covered in this course include how to develop the habits of effective behaviour managers; mechanisms for communicating success with students, parents and colleagues; how to use group rewards to change behaviour; and how to manage difficult confrontations. Participants will develop a good understanding of how to be proactive about encouraging good behaviour in your classroom and reactive in responding calmly to poor behaviour.

The course is for teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, focusing mainly on the context of UK schools and colleges. It aims to help them learn how to maintain discipline when dealing with unruly students. Although the course draws from examples experienced in the UK, the material covered is relevant to an international audience.

Topics covered include:

  • Week One: Managing your own behaviour to influence theirs
  • Week Two: Using rules and routines to achieve consistency
  • Week Three: Intelligent use of recognition to motivate students
  • Week Four: Reducing friction when students behave badly
  • Week Five: Reparation and restorative practice

Time commitment: Each week will focus on a different aspect of behaviour management. The lessons will be released one week at a time over 5 weeks. The content for each week will consist of a mixture of video, audio, articles, quizzes and tasks. Participants are invited to participate in the course as much as time permits. However, to be successful in this course plan to spend approximately 3 hours each week working on the course.

Paul Dix


The National Science Learning Centre provides high quality continuing professional development for everyone involved in the teaching of science, in primary and secondary schools and Further Education colleges from across the UK. It is located in state of the art facility based at the University of York, and is run by the White Rose Consortium (consisting of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and York), and Sheffield Hallam University.

The course will be led by Paul Dix, a leading voice in behaviour management in the UK and internationally. Paul is a trainer with an exceptional reputation for designing, implementing, and sustaining change in behaviour. He trained at Homerton College, Cambridge and has taught, managed, and succeeded in a wide range of schools and colleges in challenging circumstances. Paul co-founded Pivotal Education in 2001. As the lead trainer, Paul has been training teachers, advisors, students, mentors, and classroom assistants from early years to adult education. His work on behaviour and assessment is being used successfully in colleges, schools (mainstream and special), PRUs, and initial teacher training programmes.