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Behaviour management tips for supply staff

As part of our promise to you and our schools, Key Stage Teacher Supply aims to give you access to the support you need to develop your behaviour and classroom 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!

Follow these simple rules for effective behaviour management:


Do prepare thoroughly in advance, if you fail to prepare you have prepared to fail!

Do inform the pupils that you are writing up an overview of the day to leave with their teacher.

Do get to know names and use them throughout the lessons – draw up a seating plan if you have time.

Do separate behaviour from the pupil (ie. talk about the behaviour as an object).

Do create inventive lessons – make use of props that will attract your pupils’ attention.

Do use a countdown to obtain silence, clapping your hands for attention (primary only).

Do emphasise the good behaviour in the classroom instead of the bad.

Do show consistency and be fair in your actions.

Dress with authority to gain respect.

Do give pupils a choice to behave well – ‘You can chose to follow my request, if you don’t there will be a consequence’.

Do praise the students on either side of a student (bracketing).

Do use humour if you can.

Do use questions such as ‘Who walked to school this morning?’ to re-focus attention on you.

Do use treats and rewards for good behaviour.

Do end the day properly by allowing a bit of time to wind down, answer questions, put equipment away.


Don’t raise your voice or shout.

Dont 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 to teach!

Don’t give out whole class detentions.

Don’t use ambiguous instructions.

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.

Don’t allow lessons to overrun – as rushing for lunch, assembly, etc, creates opportunities for negative behaviour.


Follow these rules for a successful supply teaching experience!






Published Date: 13th October 2014
Category: Supply Teaching