Teaching photography has boosted individual results as well as overall standards of behaviour in an urban secondary. Teachers and students tell Mike Baker how it works.
Sir Alan Steer, headteacher and behaviour guru, believes engaging teaching is central to good behaviour in schools.
There’s no single key to good behaviour, he says, but fluid practices shared between primary and secondary schools. Including early diagnosis of children with special needs, good support and understanding for pupils and staff and most valuable of all, a teaching and learning policy.
At Bitterne Park School in Southampton, teaching photography has boosted individual students’ results as well as impacting on overall standards of behaviour. Part of the school’s inclusion unit, pupils work in smaller groups of mixed age and ability.
Headteacher Susan Trigger and inclusion co-ordinator Glenn Everett explain how the introduction of photography has impacted on behaviour at Bitterne Park School.