In the dark confines of a planetarium it is very easy for student behaviour to deteriorate significantly, and this often takes teachers by surprise.
We therefore encourage teachers to emphasise behaviour expectations before the planetarium visit, in harmony with our Audience Code of Conduct.
Below are some useful teacher resources on behaviour management from sector professionals, as well as examples of schools we've visited with outstanding behaviour policies in operation.
- Behaviour resources
- 10 Behaviour Management Tips to Help You Become a Classroom Leader - from Teachwire.net
- Top 10 Tips for a Great Start to the Academic Year - from Behaviour Buddy
- Like Taming Lions – Avoiding Certain Activities Because You Can’t Trust Your Class To Behave? You’re Not Alone - from Teachwire.net
- Below a list of schools with outstanding behaviour policies in operation (when we visited); with the result that numerous entire classes of respectful and engaged students benefitted immensely from our planetarium visit.
Note: we visit many schools (always with the same presenter and same programme content), so what we experienced here was truly exceptional:
- Orleans Park School, Twickenham, London
- St. Julian's Primary, Newport, Wales
- Coopers Edge School, Brockworth, Gloucester
- Chantry Primary Academy, Luton, Bedfordshire
- Lakeside Primary, Frimley, Surrey
- St Martin's School, Solihull, West Midlands
- Rush Green Primary, Romford, Essex
- Mandeville Primary, Hackney, London
“At their best, schools can function as islands of safety in a chaotic world. They can teach children how their bodies and brains work and how they can understand and deal with their emotions. Schools can play a significant role in instilling the resilience necessary to deal with the traumas of neighbourhoods or families”
- p422, The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk MD