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Behaviour Support in the Classroom

Hannah outlines the importance of a teacher and learning assistant support working together for the best of a child who may present behavioural difficulties. Protocol Education blogger Hannah discusses behaviour support in the classroom

Working with children that present behavioural difficulties can be one of the biggest challenges that face teachers. However, for some, helping more troubled children is also one the biggest attractions to teaching. Some teachers and support assistants are tremendously talented in encouraging positive behaviour from those that struggle to do this alone.

I have worked with some brilliant colleagues who have known when to step in and calm a child down so that they can continue or have helped move a child to a more appropriate space for that time. Some children require a behavioural support assistant with them as they navigate their way through the school day and that assistant knows best how to meet their child's specific needs.

One child I worked with would regularly get under the table if he did not want to do the task set for him. The same strategies would not always work to get him back again. Sometimes he would come out from under the table if an extra incentive was provided, 'oh, but we were going to work on the computers today,' sometimes it would not. Sometimes if management appeared at the door, he'd shoot back out, other times he would continue to pull on other children's legs from under the table and refuse to respond to any of the adults.

As the teacher it is important to work with the behavioural support, be a united team and do not make empty repercussions that neither of you can carry out. Once the child realises that they will not miss their playtime because there is no one available to supervise them, the child will no longer believe you mean what you say.

Agree together a set of procedures and protocols to follow. This may be outlined in the school's behaviour policy, but children with specific behavioural needs may need a few extra steps on their ladder before they reach the last resort. Seeing the headteacher or having parents brought in will lose its effectiveness if it's happening every day, so think about what is important to that child, and the privileges they can earn, or lose when necessary, before reaching that point.

What strategies, resources or advice do you have for those working with children who may have behavioural difficulties? We welcome you to share your ideas by emailing Megan ( 

If you feel you need further support in this area, why not attend one of our CPD courses? For more information visit our Training page here

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