Simone Hancox, Drama Teacher

  1. Be there (in the room) first.
  2. Be in control of the space: have it set up before pupils enter.
  3. Create a short ‘starter’ activity, like a warm-up to get them engaged.
  4. Pay attention to the small rules. Bags/books neatly away. Sit how and where specified. No chewing/sweets. Focus on the small things to help the bigger behavioural issues sort themselves.
  5. Try to get pupils to speak/participate/sit boy-girl-boy-girl (!)
  6. Don’t speak until everyone has gone quiet and is listening to you. Just wait.
  7. Model good responses.
  8. Spotlight good work.
  9. Praise, praise, praise the good.
  10. Politely but firmly talk to low-level disruptors away from peers.
  11. If low-level disruption persists, give an ‘either/or’ statement (either you stop or…[find suitable punishment).
  12. Low-level disruption persists further, politely request that pupil removes themselves from classroom and stands outside.


The responses to Simone’s instructions are below:

Steve      Leiza      Folake      Saini      Mel      Sanna