Getting pupils to 'grass up' misbehaving peers

13 Oct 2009

I visited an interesting school in Southampton today where they have a novel way of dealing with misbehaviour.

Once a year they invite all the pupils into the hall, give them a sheet of paper, and ask them to anonymously 'grass up' those classmates who are most disruptive in lessons.

It seems to work. The school has just received an 'outstanding' for behaviour from Ofsted. The pupils I spoke to thought it was fair - 'if they are stopping us working, then why shouldn't we say so'.

I should add that this is only a small part of a very effective - and constructive - approach to behaviour management. I shall be showing more in a forthcoming series of 'Need To Know' on Teachers TV. More details will follow nearer to broadcast date.

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