On their best behaviour

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By Sue CowleyEducation writer and consultant and part-time supply teacher

Are you an NQT? Do you struggle with classroom behaviour? Avoid that sinking feeling with some easy-to-follow tips

Schoolchildren  with teacher

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According to research commissioned by the largest teachers’ union, NASUWT (see ‘Further information’, right), dealing with behaviour issues is one of the key concerns for new teachers. The research found that almost half of new teachers felt that the behaviour management training they received was inadequate, and that this had a serious impact on recruitment and retention.

After five minutes on the carpet, the children will be starting to wriggle; after 20 minutes there will be a full-scale riot. A great rule of thumb for children’s concentration levels is ‘their age plus two’

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