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1st Edition

The Secondary Behaviour Cookbook
Strategies at Your Fingertips

ISBN 9780815393405
Published September 18, 2018 by Routledge
202 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents



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


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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