The Importance of Consistency in the Secondary Classroom - What the Research Says

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Why consistency is the ‘golden thread’ for supporting behaviour in secondary schools.

About this module

This session looks at research into the importance of consistency in supporting behaviour for learning across the secondary school. It explores why consistency between staff is especially important in secondary schools and why this is important for learner outcomes. The session also examines the importance of meeting legal duties around ‘reasonable adjustments’ for students who have SEND.

“only a quarter of secondary … teachers agreed that the behaviour policy in their school was applied consistently by all staff. Only a third of all teachers said the headteacher provided support in managing behaviour. School leaders can support their teachers and middle leaders to achieve better consistency between the classrooms in their school, and any new strategies should aim towards this.” Improving Behaviour in Schools, EEF, Rhodes and Long (2021)

This module is suitable for Teachers, Early Career Teachers, ECT Mentors, Teaching Assistants, Learning Support Assistants, Senior Leaders supporting staff with behaviour.

What you will learn:
  • Understanding the importance of the consistent application of behaviour policies across a staff body
  • Examining the need to ensure ‘reasonable adjustments’ for students with SEND
  • Understanding how to balance consistency of standards with flexibility of approach to achieve this