Today sees the publication of new guidelines for schools on discipline and pupil behaviour; the guidelines recommend that teachers should aim to praise pupils far more than they criticise them, although some critics are not impressed with what they regard as a "softly softly" approach.

Recent research on children's behaviour has been plentiful; if you have an interest in this topic then you may be interested in the GTCE report Improving Pupils' Behaviour through Multi-Agency Working. Also relevant are two DfES reports from the past three years - Research and Evaluation of the Behaviour Improvement Programme and Improving Children’s Behaviour and Attendance through the Use of Parenting Programmes, while the Behaviour and Attendance website is a useful source of official information.


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