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Hello and welcome to my blog.

Here you will find my musings on attendance and behaviour in our education system.


You might have seen last week’s ‘Horizon’ programme, entitled ‘Can You Change Your Mind?’.  The presenter, Michael Mosley, a habitually neurotic middle-aged man like myself, decided to see if he could achieve a more relaxed outlook . I was interested to see what he might try, as

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Why do teachers teach?

I felt sorry for my audience this evening; a group of aspiring leaders who’d volunteered for a series of CPD events. My presentation on ‘Behaviour and Attendance’ was the final of these ‘twilights’. ‘Twilight’ has never seemed so appropriate. The temperature outside was in the 80’s; inside

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Human Potential and the Arctic Monkeys.

When I read aloud the John Cooper Clarke poem ‘I Wanna be Yours’ to my Y9 English class at Stocksbridge Secondary school in the mid nineties I had absolutely no idea that one of my pupils, Alex Turner, would go on to become Britain’s best-loved lyricist as

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Controlling and Caring:

Some teachers give the impression that they care a great deal about young people. Some seem just to want control. In truth all teachers fit on the following grid somewhere. High Control/Low |care Funnily enough the last time I witnessed this approach was an RE lesson in

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How to sort behaviour in (the first) five minutes

To sum up, if you can use the first five minutes to demonstrate your status as top dog in the room and your high standards, you are well on your way to establishing a terrific working atmosphere.  

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Here are some of the issues that I can help you sort: If the answers to any of the issues to the right is yes then get in touch – you have found the man you are looking for!

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If you have:

  • Some of your staff keep getting into unnecessary confrontations with pupils?
  • Some staff struggle to deal with social chatter?
  • Subject leaders who don’t take the lead on behaviour for learning
  • Head of house/year who are buried in the reactive and want to be proactive?

If you want to:

  • Improve attendance?
  • Improve behaviour?
  • Deliver SEAL whole school
  • Get help with the behaviour and safety SEF?
  • Have better behaviour and attendance data?
  • Get PLTS embedded?
  • Get pupil voice working?

And also:

Do you want the best whole staff behaviour CPD at an affordable cost?

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