Improving learner outcomes

Understanding and Supporting Behaviour
Supported learning for teaching professionals
Flexible self-paced learning
Flexible licensing options

About understanding and supporting behaviour

In many classrooms there are students who can have difficulty with:

This training has allowed me to focus on creating SMART goals for a target child in my class and has given me the tools and confidence to follow through with these goals.

Primary Teacher

  • self-regulation and impulse control
  • following instructions and participating cooperatively in group activities
  • communication with adults and peers

Students who have significant difficulties in regulating their behaviour can struggle to access learning and to feel socially included in school life.

Designed for professionals

I have gained a lot of resources to use in the future when encountering challenging behaviours in the classroom which can be easily shared with members of staff.


Course outline

Students who experience behaviour difficulties can struggle to access learning and to feel socially included in school life. The key message of this course is that behaviour is learnt and more appropriate behaviour can be supported in a positive way.

This course provides participants with an understanding of:

  • what is meant by difficult behaviour
  • how teacher practice can influence student behaviour
  • the need to consistently develop students’ understanding of themselves and others
  • the appropriate behaviours and skills that allow inclusion in learning
  • positive classroom management practices that support the learning, behaviour management and inclusion of all students

This course is divided into sections.

  • Understanding
    Learn about behaviour, including its definition and influences, understand the impact of relationships and learn the importance of a whole school approach to positive behaviour management and support.
  • Assessment for Learning
    Learn how to assess individual needs arising from behavioural difficulties, explore the definitions of difficult behaviour, identify a variety of influences and understand how individual learning needs can lead to inappropriate behaviour.
  • Interventions
    Explore a range of adjustments to support students with behavioural difficulties and relate them to the needs of the individual to create your own interventions strategy.
  • Case Studies
    View real video examples that illustrate the needs of the individual, the interventions implemented and their resulting progress.

Providing professional learning in disability and inclusion since 2008

This course has given me some great ideas through the case studies and discussions with other members of the group.

Primary Teacher

Who is the course for?

Our Understanding and Supporting Behaviour course is perfect for those who work in schools and specialist settings, such as teachers, learning and support teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders. The target age range is compulsory education, although the course may also benefit education professionals in pre-school and kindergarten settings.

Over 179,000 participants worldwide

Why join the course?

Participants’ pre and post-course evaluations demonstrate significantly increased confidence in identifying, assessing and supporting students with behaviour issues.

How would you rate your current skills in planning and implementing interventions for students with behaviour issues?

  • Not confident
  • Somewhat confident
  • Fairly confident
  • Very confident


Pre chart
  • 1.3%
  • 54%
  • 40.1%
  • 4.7%


Post chart
  • 2.3%
  • 36.5%
  • 61.2%

As of December 2019

This course enables schools to review the behaviour policies and practices they have in place and shows them how to make classrooms more inclusive for students with behavioural difficulties and offers practical assessment ideas and intervention strategies.

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What you will learn

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • explain what makes behaviour challenging for teachers and students
  • describe the theories about behaviours, and how they’ve shaped education practice
  • reflect on their own thinking and assumptions about behaviour
  • describe the internal and external influences that can place additional pressures on students
  • review school learning environments to identify where improvements can be made
  • use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to assess whether students’ basic needs are being met
  • utilise an ABC approach to assess the function of behaviour
  • assess the impact of the incentives and sanctions used in their setting
  • create comfortable and interesting learning environments
  • employ strategies that establish ground rules, influence groups and support students with additional learning needs
  • draw on a range of scripts and communication strategies to influence positive student behaviour
  • set SMART goals and implement strategies to manage and support behaviour
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