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Beyond Behaviour Management. An Introduction to Effective Engagement for Learning in the Secondary School Library

Course Details:

The purpose of this training is to enable staff to develop or increase awareness, confidence,
knowledge and skills, in order to engage positively or more positively with students in a
Secondary School Library.


The training is about:

  •  Theory and practice
  •  Exploring examples of tried-and-tested approaches
  •  Sharing positive experiences
  •  Reflecting upon what we do
  •  Planning for action


The training is not about:

  •  Putting staff right
  •  Putting participants on the spot
  •  Negativity


By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of a positive, ‘can-do’ approach to engaging with students.
  • Understand students’ needs and expectations and will have started to develop strategies to meet those needs and expectations.
  • Understand the key inclusion and equalities issues in relation to engagement for learning.
  • Understand how strategies for engagement for learning must reflect the school’sbehaviour policy and protocols.
  • Be equipped with tried-and-tested techniques for the positive engagement of students.
  • Be equipped to start to deal positively with difficult situations.

Trainer: Jerry Hurst

Jerry Hurst is an experienced independent contractor, trainer and consultant. He works across the UK and Ireland, with the Libraries, Information, Culture, Heritage, Leisure & Education Sectors.


Jerry’s areas of expertise include:


Advocacy in action

Presentation skills & public speaking

Behaviour & conflict management

Reader development, including reading groups

Change management

School class visits

Creating inspirational libraries

School library self-evaluation

Cultural transformation

Service planning, delivery & evaluation

Customer care & floor walking


Customer service

Team Building

Dealing positively with change


Managing, leading & supporting staff

Transformational leadership

Partnership working

Whole-school reading for pleasure

Planning, leading, managing

Working with young people


Jerry contributes to work with children, their parents and carers, teenagers and adults, and to programmes covering the full range of service provision.  He has worked independently since 2001, with more than 250 clients, including national organisations such as The Reading Agency, Creating Capacity, FPM Training and Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.


Prior to this, he was Head of Young People's Library Services in the London Borough of Southwark, Jerry has also been Head of Young People's Library Services in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Jerry has worked as a Youth Librarian and as a Branch Librarian in Hackney and in Enfield, as a storyteller and as an occasional reviewer of children's books for publications including The Guardian. He has also appeared on BBC TV and radio and has been a judge for the Branford Boase Award.

Key Audience:

secondary school library staff

Venues and Dates:

No venues/dates are currently scheduled for this course. For more information about possible future dates, please contact the SLA Office.