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Tough love, not get tough: Responsive approaches to improving behaviour in schools

Author : Jane Evans (September 2011)

Price : Free

This briefing shows that schools which succeed in engaging children and improving behaviour for the long term respond to their pupils' needs by offering an authoritative approach to discipline which addresses the underlying causes of bad behaviour, which often lie in problems at home.

Section one reviews the evidence effective approaches to improving behaviour and discipline in school, drawing on international research about authoritative discipline models in school which help children regulate their own behaviour. Section two provides evidence about what works when addressing the underlying causes of poor behaviour, based on information about two innovative Barnardo's services working with clusters of schools in the east of England. The concluding section draws together the evidence and analysis to make recommendations for the Government and Ofsted.



Associated subjects and types

Policy and research documents, Education, Family support


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