There is no single best approach in teaching. This new text challenges the idea that there is a ‘best way' to teach. Instead, the authors explain, a more pragmatic approach is required. Teachers need a range of skills and strategies to select from, work with and adapt. Every school, cohort, class and child is different. Beyond that, strategies that worked well with a class last week, may prove ineffective the next.

Behaviour Management

Behaviour management

Teachers' Standard 7 – Manage Behaviour Effectively to Ensure a Good and Safe Learning Environment

This section is focused on supporting you in preventing, tackling and managing challenging behaviour to ensure a positive classroom environment. As with everything in effective teaching, this is underpinned by effective lesson planning.

  • Establish a safe and stimulating environment for pupils, rooted in mutual respect (TS1).
  • Demonstrate consistently the positive attitudes, values and behaviour which are expected of pupils (TS1).
  • Impart knowledge and develop understanding through effective use of lesson time (TS4).
  • Have a secure understanding of how a range of factors can inhibit pupils' ability to learn, and how best to overcome these (TS5).


When I ask trainees what they are most concerned about before they embark on their teaching ...

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