15 Top Tips for Delivering Engaging Behaviour Management Training for Teachers

Effective Behaviour Training

I am a principal instructor for a behaviour support training network. This gives me the opportunity to visit and train in a lot of special schools. The best part of our network is that it is not a hierarchy. It is truly a collaborative team approach to delivering behaviour training.

There are behaviour instructors from a range of backgrounds and with widely differing levels of experience in specific fields of education. All currently work in either special schools or alternative provision. No school has enough instructors to train all their staff. That means we rely on each other to support the training needed. You may find yourself delivering to a group of staff you don’t know, in a school you haven’t been to before.

In this case you have two options. Deliver of powerpoint of prefabricated out of the box slides. Rely on the person from the school to make you a powerpoint to read.

Promoting Engagement During Behaviour Training.

OR promote discussion, interaction, engagement. With your group model the values you are trying to teach. Ensure when you say there is a child centered approach to supporting challenging behaviour make sure you as instructors are listening to those you are there to train, to teach.

Behaviour Training Quote: Build in reflection time to allow emotions to stabilise

Prior to becoming an instructor I had sat through the out of the box training at least 5 times (yearly CPD requirement) and despite tweaks and being delivered by different instructors It was, to be blunt, draining. I was not alone in being disengaged. Thinking I knew the answers, that I was there to tick a box.

Since taking the lead I vowed that I would do my best to ensure those in the training didn’t feel like that. I scrapped the old ppt, made a smaller one with more visuals and far fewer words (and a third of the slides) and tried to ensure I wasn’t talking more than the groups.

We have also recruited more instructors from front line staff (non SLT) this has really improved the rapport with groups who felt more confident in airing views and asking for help rather than trying to show how much they knew (for brownie points)

We teach as part of PBS that it is our reactions to interactions to challenging behaviour that will determine the outcome. We should not be afraid to allow people to challenge us and our thinking.

Example of physical restraint that may harm a child used in Behaviour Training
Video Clip We Use To Demonstrate How NOT to hold a child

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15 Top Tips for Delivering Engaging Behaviour Management Training for Teachers

Understanding adult learning is key to providing effective behaviour training for teachers. Adults learn best when the material is practical and applied using real examples from the classroom. Follow these best practices to help teachers develop the skills to create a positive learning environment.

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Engage Adult Learners

  • Relate training to teachers’ experiences in the classroom. Encourage them to share relevant stories and challenges.
  • Use realistic scenarios and case studies so teachers immediately see the relevance of the training.
  • Incorporate interactive elements like discussions, roleplay, and problem-solving activities. Adults learn better when actively engaged.
  • Provide choices in activities and room for teachers to guide their own learning. Adults prefer autonomy.

Focus on Practical Strategies

  • Demonstrate behaviour techniques through modeling and videos. Allow for practice and repetition.
  • Share specific examples of how strategies can be applied in everyday teaching. Avoid vague theoretical concepts.
  • Include printable toolss like the QABF, tip sheets, and job aids with practical steps teachers can reference later.
  • Highlight relevant laws, policies, and guidelines around student behaviour and discipline.

Support Ongoing Learning

  • Schedule follow-up sessions and classroom observations to provide feedback as teachers implement the training.
  • Create online forums or communities of practice for teachers to collaborate and problem-solve together.
  • Share additional online courses, books, and resources for teachers to continue developing their skills.
  • Survey teachers on the relevance of the training and how it could be improved.

Assess Effectiveness

  • Define clear learning outcomes and indicators of success for the training.
  • Observe teacher and student behaviour before and after the training to measure impact.
  • Conduct self-assessments or knowledge checks to identify areas for additional training.

Keep the focus on equipping teachers with practical strategies in a collaborative environment. Adult learners thrive when training directly applies to their work. Follow-up support and assessment also helps sustain learning over time, leading to positive behavioural outcomes.

To Conclude our Post On Behaviour Training

Those running training often come as the experts. But x is an unknown quantity and a spurt is a drip under pressure. We are there to guide, share our experiences, and share the ethos of what positive behaviour support or PBS looks like in our schools.

We need those working with the most vulnerable students to feel equipped and confident that we know what we are talking about because we live it everyday, not because it is on the powerpoint.

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