The overarching philosophy informing this material can be summarised by its emphasis upon:
clear and explicit conversations regarding pupil behaviour, linked to ‘real life' questions about behaviour
development of trainee self-awareness and confidence in B & A issues via a focus on listening to, and critically reflecting on, the views of experienced practitioners;
the reinforcement of the principles of ‘Behaviour for Learning';
flexible resources that are ‘use-able' in the context of current ITT provision, and which correlate explicitly with the existing QTS standards (currently under revision);
the explicit location of behaviour and attendance within the social inclusion agenda
placing emphasis upon the use of positive approaches to promoting good behaviour and attendance, and the establishment of links between behaviour and attendance and learning and teaching;
The aims of this resource
This resource aims to provide an accessible resource which tutors and school-mentors can use to instigate or develop discussion and debate regarding the ‘key questions' surrounding pupil behaviour
The materials within the resource set out to be flexible enough to fit particular contexts across all types of ITT providers.
The materials emphasise positive approaches to promoting behaviour for learning via a focus on those questions which trainees regard as being the most pressing ones to interrogate prior to a school/setting placement.
How might tutors use this resource?
As a structured part of the overall training programme within an ITT programme.
As material to weave into aspects of managing the learning environment.
As a reference or discussion point for trainees in seminar or small group-work settings.
As a resource to supplement existing strands on behaviour and attendance within a course.
As material which might be placed on an ITT provider's Virtual Leaning Portal to stimulate individual reflection by trainees.
This resource is not prescriptive, nor is it necessary to work through the conversation- materials on the videos sequentially.
What this resource includes:
A selection of videos for flexible use as part of an ITT programme;
Trainee/experienced teacher conversations (approximately 35 minutes)
Support materials for each of four aspects of key questions
Suggested follow-up activities for small group work - these are based on the input sessions;
Reflective tasks linked to the input sessions, seminars and school based activities. Tutors/school mentors can use these either during direct input or as a separate self-study activity for trainees.