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Teaching With... - Kellington: Engaging Under-Achievers



Joanne Kellington is a teaching and learning consultant for Education Bradford. She specialises in behaviour and attendance at Key Stage 3, advising teachers across the LEA on good practice in behaviour management.

In this programme, Joanne is working with Clare Hewitt, a newly qualified teacher of modern foreign languages at Parkside school near Bradford. Clare has chosen to teach some of the more challenging pupils and is keen to develop strategies to get the best out of them. Clare is looking for ideas to deal with persistent low-level disruption and to stop children from shouting out in class.

For Joanne, a lot of low-level disruption has its basis in attention seeking. Her advice to Clare aims to change pupils' behaviour by:

  • Giving pupils attention for positive behaviour
  • Rewarding them where appropriate with positive praise
  • Moving around the classroom more

Armed with Joanne's advice, Clare returns to the classroom to put Joanne's advice into practice.

Published : May 2005

15 mins


Secondary NQT


Secondary Modern Foreign Languages

Whole School Issues

Secondary Behaviour


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