1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded education professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

Paul Dix

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by helenMEd, Jun 21, 2019.


Who agrees with PaulDix methods?

Poll closed Jun 28, 2019.
  1. Agree

    2 vote(s)
  2. Disagree

    13 vote(s)
  1. helenMEd

    helenMEd New commenter

    Are any teachers struggling to agree with Paul Dix practise? We’re you consulted before it was implemented?
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    His name rings a bell - is a Bill Rodgers, Jason Bangbhala ( sp ) ,Hook ( first name escapes me ) ‘ on the circuit ‘type of ‘consultant ‘ ?
  3. helenMEd

    helenMEd New commenter

    He wrote the book When the adult changes everything changes. Lots of schools seem to have jumped on the bandwagon.
    pepper5 likes this.
  4. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Ahh I shall familiarise myself with his approach . I recall when ‘ Assertive Discipline’ was doing the rounds :D:eek:
    May2 likes this.
  5. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

    Maybe I am being cynical but I wonder how many teachers will be sacrificed on the pursuit of this one (by the bright young things).
    agathamorse and bajan like this.
  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I don't believe there is any such thing.

    The chap wrote a book with some good ideas in.
    Some ideas are better suited to secondary schools, some to EYFS, some to somewhere in the middle.
    Some ideas are best suited to schools with largely middle class, no EAL schools, some to more diverse schools.
    Some ideas suit some classes and some suit others.

    And school which uses a book of ideas as a whole school, total policy is just plain daft.
    But that is the fault of the school not the author of the book.
    pepper5, agathamorse, Pomza and 6 others like this.
  7. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    Heard him speak twice, one thing I noticed, and he even commented on at one stage, was that he often contradicted himself. I don't believe that he has a method. He was I believe suggesting ideas, and that in some circumstances they work, but in others they don't.

    I have seen ideas imported from a school were they worked well, to another were they were quietly dropped because they didn't. There is no magic formula!
  8. BoringGiant

    BoringGiant New commenter

    A bit of context would have been nice! It's annoying when people just presume that we all have the same level of knowledge on a topic.
  9. helenMEd

    helenMEd New commenter

    I am. I’ve left after 30 years of teaching. Dreadfully sad.
    pepper5 and agathamorse like this.
  10. DexterDexter

    DexterDexter Occasional commenter

    Reading the first half of his book, I was having a little giggle to myself at how things wouldn’t quite fit! Fabulous walking (or whatever it’s called) wouldn’t work at all in some of the settings I’ve worked in!
    The 2nd half/ looking out for the “over/above children” made more sense.
  11. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    Lol! It's called pivotal. Just a whole bunch of common sense wrapped up in eduspeak. Got to admire the man( I think his wife is involved) schools actually pay money for "training" to implement this common sense approach.
  12. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    Peter Hook, an excellent speaker, entertaining, with some good lines to use with kids. Not worth the money schools have to pay for his training sessions but one of the most entertaining cpd sessions I've had in recent years.
  13. TrueFaith

    TrueFaith New commenter

    He was belting in New Order - nice to see he's got a new gig...
    Pomza, minnie me and yodaami2 like this.
  14. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    I think that was one of his lines!
    TrueFaith likes this.
  15. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    Does he still look like a German U Boat Captain?
    minnie me likes this.
  16. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    When I say recent years, I mean last 10 years, I can't remember what he looks like at all, just an engaging personality.
  17. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

  18. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    Sorry I meant the other Peter Hook. Was a gag.
    grumpydogwoman, minnie me and Pomza like this.
  19. Laphroig

    Laphroig Lead commenter

    We had the Pivotal training in my FE college last year. Not a lot new to me as a long serving teacher experienced in euphemistically labelled challenging schools but seized on by the non specialists and young teachers in the team. Kudos, I suppose, that he and his wife have turned this into a money spinning idea.
  20. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    I read Paul Dix's book Taking Care of Behaviour and took the online course of the same name. The book is now out of print.

    As CTB suggests, the author puts forward ideas some of which will work and in some contexts and not in others and it is not a method or practice, but simply some methods or ideas try and see which ones work in the context you are in. Some of the things he puts forward in the Taking Care of Behaviour work and a lot of it isn't anything novel or what others haven't written about before: for example, the importance of establishing routines and he sets out some ways of doing it.

    I enjoyed the book and it is a shame it is out of print because I would recommend it.

Share This Page