1st Edition

The Secondary Behaviour Cookbook Strategies at Your Fingertips

By Sue Roffey Copyright 2019
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    Developed in conjunction with teachers, The Secondary Behaviour Cookbook provides highly effective, practical strategies for responding to and resolving behavioural issues in secondary schools.

    Consisting of over fifty ‘recipes’, the book’s unique format enables teachers and practitioners to quickly and easily access information and advice on dealing with specific behaviours. Each ‘recipe’ details strategies and interventions for immediate application in the classroom setting, considers possible causes of the given behaviour, and offers helpful approaches for responding to young people’s needs in the longer term. From disorganization and lateness, to attention-seeking and destructive behaviours, bullying, anxiety and depression, the book’s sections cover a broad spectrum of behaviours falling within six broad categories:

    • Getting Things Done: supporting positive student engagement and achievement
    • Dealing with Disruption: increasing motivation and skills to facilitate learning
    • Social Interactions: resolving problematic situations that occur between pupils.
    • Coping with Conflict: addressing conflict in and out of the classroom, including aspects of bullying and discrimination
    • Emotional Distress: understanding distress and developing coping strategies
    • Behaviours of Special Concern: recognising behaviours associated with autism, trauma, abuse or poor mental wellbeing.

    Underpinned by positive psychology, and emphasising the importance of constructive relationships, communication, inclusion, wellbeing and resilience, this is an indispensable resource for secondary school teachers and educators, behaviour support consultants, SENDCOs and educational psychologists.



    The oven: the emotional climate of the classroom
    Circle solutions and the ASPIRE principles
    The team 1
    Traditional approaches to behaviour
    Alternatives to a behaviourist model
    Adolescents and their development



    Section 1: getting things done

    Lateness to school / lessons


    Avoidance strategies




    Distracted by others

    Starting but not finishing set work



    Refusal to do differentiated work

    Section 2: dealing with disruption

    A noisy classroom

    Off-task conversations

    Pushing and poking others

    Fidgeting, humming and other noises

    Attention-seeking silliness

    Frequent interruptions

    Over-the-top behaviour

    Uniform infringements:

    Inappropriate personal care

    Using technology for personal use in class

    Disruption to learning caused by erratic attendance

    Section 3: social interactions

    Dominant behaviour


    Lying and blaming others


    Trying to buy friendship

    Everyone is against me

    Personal hygiene

    Keeping up an image

    Groups who challenge

    Section 4: coping with conflict

    Verbal rudeness to staff

    Non-verbal disrespect

    Ignoring requests / walking away


    Bringing weapons to school

    Bullying and intimidation


    Derogatory name-calling

    Section 5: emotional distress

    Outbursts of anger

    Unprovoked aggression

    Frequent episodes of distress / crying

    Destructive behaviour (own work)

    Destructive behaviour (other people’s work and possessions)

    High levels of anxiety



    Section 6: behaviours of special concern

    Obsessive or ritualistic behaviour

    Eating difficulties

    Sexually explicit behaviour

    Self-harm - cutting

    Considering suicide

    Unsafe risk taking

    Blurring of boundaries between fantasy and reality

    Resources - and further reading / viewing



    Sue Roffey has been a teacher, educational psychologist and an academic. She is now an Honorary Associate Professor at Exeter University, UK, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Western Sydney University, Australia. She is also Director of Growing Great Schools Worldwide.


    "A truly empowering book that enables the reader to understand and respond appropriately to a wide range of issues that can prove problematic in a school setting. With suggested strategies for managing issues as diverse as procrastination, perfectionism, pushing, poking and personal hygiene; I’ve no doubt this book will boost both teacher confidence and pupil outcomes."

    Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Mental Health Author and Educator and Vice Chair, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, UK.

    "An excellent book providing the recipes you need to become a happy, healthy and effective teacher, this solution-focused read is full of theory and most importantly, practical considerations to take into the classroom. Sue provides an insight into the world of education which draws on her considerable experience – a must-read for teachers at any stage of their career!"

    Martyn Reah, Deputy Head Teacher, Eggar’s School, London, UK and initiator of #Teacher5aday and PedagooHampshire.

    "Dr Roffey brings all of her considerable experience to these practical and powerful toolkits for classroom teachers. Her practical experience as a classroom teacher of students with special education needs, and subsequent work as an education psychologist and socio-emotional learning program developer and trainer enables her to produce resources that speak directly to the challenges faced by classroom teachers."

    Denise Quinlan, Positive Psychology News