Know your behaviour strategies

What ‘medium level’ behaviours will I need to deal with?

Module 4

sharpening your skills

Checklist of possible reasons for ‘medium level’ behaviours

  • Pupils may not understand the lesson content
  • Pupils may have moderate to severe learning difficulties
  • Pupils may have reading, writing, spelling and comprehension difficulties
  • Pupils may have social, emotional and behaviour difficulties (SEBD)
  • Pupils perceive that ‘social chat’ is more important
  • Pupils may be bored and not intellectually challenged
  • Pupil tasks are not specific and do not have an ‘easy to understand’ structure to them
  • Pupil tasks are taking too long to complete
  • Pupils may have low self esteem and fragile emotions
  • Pupils may have a poor attitude to academic work
  • Pupils may not be experiencing a healthy balance of practical and academic tasks
  • Pupils perceive that the teacher cannot assert his authority and, therefore, cannot positively manage classroom behaviours

You might like to

  • Modify your seating arrangements in the classroom eg. from groups to boy/girl
  • Refine your teaching plans and review the teaching and learning objectives and outcomes
  • Introduce more variety to lesson content to meet individual learning styles
  • Re-read the Individual Education Plans for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Introduce more differentiation into classroom tasks to cater for specific ability groups


  • As you consider/implement your responses, discuss their effectiveness with other teachers. The checklist can provide the framework for a professional discussion
  • Schools have teachers with specific responsibility/expertise regarding pupils with special needs seek their advice