Secondary School Teaching – Behaviour

Behaviour management tips for secondary school teaching – what not to do in the classroom for secondary teaching supply staff.

As part of our commitment to support our candidates working as secondary school teachers, we’ve summarised some tips to help you develop your secondary school teaching,  class room behaviour as well as management skills. The ability to demonstrate strong behaviour management strategies will give you a huge advantage in securing future work and will also make your day that little bit easier!

Here’s a list of don’ts in the classroom


  • Don’t raise your voice or shout, this can be very threatening towards pupils, secondary school teachers need to build a balanced rapport.
  • Don’t display anger or negative emotions – this is not only inappropriate, but will also put you in a vulnerable position.
  • Don’t give your pupils the impression you are there just to supervise them – remember you are there as a secondary school teacher to teach!
  • Don’t give out whole class detentions, as a secondary school teacher demonstrate good judgement and discretion.
  • Don’t use ambiguous instructions, be clear and concise.
  • Don’t use open-ended questions when addressing a situation as this gives the pupil scope for further negative behaviour.
  • Don’t protect pupils from the consequences of their action or lack of action, as a secondary school teacher you will be nurturing a pupil’s behaviour and responsibility.
  • Don’t allow lessons to overrun – as rushing for lunch, assembly, etc, creates opportunities for negative behaviour, as a secondary school teacher you should be projecting a calm and positive atmosphere.

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