Struggling with Pupil Behaviour? with Adele Bates

Oct 6, 2020 | Podcast

Pupil behaviour is the second highest reason why teachers leave the profession (behind workload.) Adele shares her key strategies for teachers, school leaders and educators who are struggling to engage pupils with challenging behaviour; who want to create inclusive classrooms where learning is the focus.

Adele Bates is a behaviour and Education Specialist with over 18 years’ experience.

In this wide-ranging conversation, we explore:

  • How teacher wellbeing is affected by poor pupil behaviour.
  • What teachers can do for themselves, especially in setting and holding healthy boundaries.
  • How to create the infrastructure and support for teachers’ around behaviour.
  • Dealing with challenging behaviour and wellbeing post-lockdown.
  • Allowing more time and space in the classroom to help pupils dealing with trauma to feel safe.
  • How and when to manage your own self-care. (Hint: It’s not going to change unless you change something.)
  • Knowing your own triggers (so your students don’t trigger them.)
  • Adele’s ‘magic bullet’ in managing behaviour using a free, easy tool.
  • And the key way that Adele manages her personal wellbeing.
    I urge you to listen to this part of the podcast if you have a menstrual cycle or live or work with someone who does. This is information that was life-changing for Adele and incredibly eye-opening for me. It starts around 35 minutes into the podcast.
  • And much more!

You can connect with Adele:

On Twitter

Her website is, where you can join her 6-week mini-CPD training on supporting behaviour for teachers and pupils, available for just £15.

She’s currently writing her new book, “Miss, I don’t give a sh*t.” published by Sage Publications.


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