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LSA struggling to cope with behaviour- advice please.

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by cat_fanatic, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. Hi all,

    I am an LSA in a large secondary. Often I find myself in noisy classes where the children ignore the teacher because a) they shout too much or b ) the lesson lacks structure. Because of this, I spend less time supporting the learning and much more time acting as a 'bad behaviour look-out'. I appreciate part of my role is being responsible for behaviour, but surely whole-class management is the teacher's responsibility. I have, on occasion, raised my own voice during lessons because the noise becomes unbearable and I don't like the fact that the teacher continues to teach over the noise. However, I don't feel I should be making this a habit as over time it will dampen their authority. Despite feeling like this, I always end up on 'patrol' and get nothing but grief, defiance and rudeness from the kids. I do follow up, give behaviour points, refer to SLT when necessary - some of the students are even on report. But their behaviour does not change. As soon as they are off report they are back to square one, causing chaos at every opportunity. It is driving me berserk, as there is not enough support from SLT; they would rather turn a blind eye to the chronic low-level disruption that is rife especially in lower sets. On report, off report, detention, etc none of it actually does anything! How do I keep my cool dealing with this on a daily basis? I find as an LSA many of the students simply do not see me as having the same responsibilty/authority as teachers, as so find me an easy target. I am trying my best not to back down but I am losing confidence. How long does it take for anyone, teacher or LSA, realistically, to say they are 100% able to fully handle and cope with bad behaviour?? Will this get easier?

    I appreciate any advice. Thanks.
  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    There is an organisation called Pivotal Education which you might like to look up on line; they specialise in training for teachers and support staff in the field of behaviour management.

    You might want to invest in a short course or book. I took one of their online courses which I highly recommend and found useful.

    what you describe happens in many schools and it is up to the leaders in schools to deal with the issues you raise and one wY they could do this is to give all their teachers additional training and support in learning how to manage classes and setting up whole school policy on how to deal with poor behaviour.

    Some schools are. better than others and you may find you have to move schools if the one you are in will not make changes.

    Learning how to manage classes can be learned and if does take a resolve from the teacher that they are in charge. How long this takes will vary - for some they will learn quickly and for others like me if will take longer.

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