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Better Behaviour: A Guide for Teachers

by Jarlath O'Brien SAGE Publications Ltd
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Hbk 184 pages
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This book offer an approach to behaviour management that focuses on the restorative approaches that emphasise positive things that children should do - rather than sanctioning them for doing things they should not.

Chapter 1: Why understanding behaviour matters
Chapter 2: How psychology can help your understanding
Chapter 3: Your behaviour
Chapter 4: Rules and expectations
Chapter 5: Motivation and rewards
Chapter 6: Sanctions and punishments
Chapter 7: Restorative approaches to preventing and resolving conflict
Chapter 8: Working in partnership with parents to improve behaviour
Chapter 9: Working in partnership with support staff to improve behaviour
Chapter 10: Special educational needs and behaviour
Chapter 11: Fostering your own style

Effortlessly brilliant. Jarlath's combination of deep understanding, hard evidence and splutteringly funny stories is irresistible.

Jarlath unveils the child behind the behaviour. Invaluable for anyone working with children and young people.

Paul Dix

Pivotal Education


'Better Behaviour is easy to read and accessible to all. Textured with personal parenting anecdotes it has a conversational style to its message. Jarlath’s authentic voice and pragmatic approach encourages you to be an active reader. The reflection points throughout hold the reader to account, moreover, the discussion points encourage you to bring others into the discussion. The impact of reading Better Behaviour will be the reframing of your own classroom practice, via a deeper understanding of how our values translate into our actions. Jarlath’s ultimate goal is to affect cultural change in our schools, through his experience and insight – this book is practice informed and values-driven. The chapter on Restorative Work especially resonated as this is the approach we have introduced and are embedding at Aureus. My challenge to the writer would be do we need the military metaphors and do all of the opening, inspiring quotes need to be so masculine? There are different leadership styles and approaches to achieve the same outcome – peaceful schools, self-regulating students and empowered school staff.'

Hannah Wilson

Aureus School & Aureus Primary School


Jarlath has been a teacher for nearly two decades. He has worked in comprehensive, independent, selective and special education, including in schools for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties. For the last seven years Jarlath has been a Headteacher and Executive Headteacher.

Jarlath is the behaviour columnist for TES, has written for The Guardian and for several other education publications and trains teachers on behaviour, school leadership and special educational needs.