Relationships with students

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02 November 2016
When you start, colleagues should be able to provide invaluable information about your students, for example if problems at home might affect behaviour in class.

Information can also be gleaned from students' individual education plans or from the school's SEN register. You can also observe how colleagues relate to and deal with students, and help with extracurricular activities.

To establish clear expectations of behaviour at the very start of your relationship with your students, you should:

  • know what the procedures are for praise (commendations, points) and punishments (demerits, detentions)
  • create and maintain an orderly environment
  • be consistent and firm
  • show respect to your students
  • use praise and encouragement frequently
  • be in control
  • have a sense of humour.

Find out more about staff and student confidentiality, student property and personal care of pupils.