Managing behaviour for learning NE700


Online course. Transform your classroom by making small shifts in your own behaviour. You will develop a good understanding of how to be proactive about encouraging good behaviour in your classroom and reactive in responding calmly to poor behaviour. Other areas covered in this course include how to develop the habits of effective behaviour management; mechanisms for communicating success with students, parents and colleagues; how to use group rewards to change behaviour; and how to manage difficult confrontations.

Join this course directly on FutureLearn at any time between these dates:

  • 23 September 2019 - 6 December 2019
  • 20 April 2020 - 3 July 2020

“It has given me practical ideas to use when managing the behaviour of students, and I feel more confident with delivering them. It has also given a perspective on why students choose to behave as they do." - Course ParticipantWho is it for?

This course is for teachers, teaching assistants, supply teachers, newly qualified teachers, trainee teachers and others involved in the education of young people at primary, secondary or further education (ages 5-19 years).

What topics are covered?

This five week course covers:

  • managing your own behaviour to influence your students’ behaviour: controlling yourself, adult behaviour and interacting with students
  • using rules and routines to achieve consistency: routines, rules and habits
  • intelligent use of recognition to motivate students: recognition, classroom techniques and communicating home
  • reducing friction when students behave badly: diverting and diffusing, scripted interventions
  • reparation and restorative practice: punishments and restoration

This course takes around three hours per week to complete. You can choose when and where to participate, studying around your work and life commitments. You are supported and encouraged to discuss your ideas with fellow teachers, try out activities, apply concepts to your teaching context and reflect on your practice. You will have access to high-quality resources, including classroom footage and guidance from experienced teachers and careers experts.

Who are the course leaders?

This course is led by Paul Dix, Pivotal Education , Becca Knowles, STEM Learning.

The course is supported by experienced online mentors for both primary and secondary education. The course includes two opportunities for detailed Q&A with experts and experience educators.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • assess how your own behaviour influences the behaviour of your students
  • apply rules and routines to achieve consistency
  • apply recognition intelligently to motivate students
  • demonstrate how to reduce friction when students behave badly
  • develop reparation and restorative practice


The email address you give when you apply will be used to send you joining instructions and information about your course. Please make sure you can be contacted directly with this email address.

This course is hosted on the FutureLearn social learning platform. In addition to STEM Learning Terms and Conditions, by booking on this course you are consenting to your details being shared with FutureLearn under their Terms and Conditions for Invited Learners. By accepting the National STEM Learning Centre’s invitation to register on this course on FutureLearn, you agree that your information will be held by FutureLearn and National STEM Learning Centre as data controllers in common.

The invitation to register on FutureLearn will be sent to you no later than the course start date.

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