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Getting the Best from Young People and Adults: Managing Behaviour in the Secondary School Library

Course Details:

Working effectively with young people and colleagues across the school is an essential part of the work of everyone who works in a school library. It can sometimes be challenging & stressful in a busy, crowded & inclusive library where support from senior and middle managers sometimes appears problematic. Being visible and assertive is also a key part of the same effective strategy. 


This session will give delegates an opportunity to reflect upon –

  • Their own library situation/role & professional identity

  • DfE/OFSTED observations & suggestions about behaviour in schools including - the Ensuring Good Behaviour document, & the 2014 advice, also OFSTED standards & details from the Inspection Handbook (Sept. 2014) details & ISI inspection points

  • The usefulness of the school’s &/or library’s behaviour policies & the importance of working within those policies

  • Practical strategies to cope with library curriculum time and "free" time use by students  thereby encouraging the opportunities & potential for positive relationships

  • Ideas for working with adults- being assertive and making your views heard, the importance of self-belief, building relationships, gaining influence and body language. 

  • A range of positive behaviour management & communication techniques - non-verbal and verbal -  to use when dealing with individuals or groups


Colleagues will be invited to share experiences, policies and practice.

PowerPoint slides and other MS Word doc. handouts will be freely available & Geoff will bring along a selection of useful publications.

Trainer: Geoff Dubber

Geoff Dubber is a freelance consultant/trainer working with all and everyone in the UK and further afield to promote effective library use. He has 40+ years teaching, management, library and advisory/consultancy experience with schools, both secondary and primary. He is a former Chair of the School Library Association, and has served on the SLA Board and as Publications Co-ordinator for nearly two decades. He is author or co-author of many of the SLA’s Guidelines series, including those on information literacy, transition, running a book event, behaviour management, secondary library budgeting & secondary library policy. He occasionally writes and reviews for the School Librarian.

Feedback from Course:

  • "Enjoyable and engaging, much more detail than other behaviour courses. Excellent."
    - Claire Hughes, Oakgrove School, Milton Keynes

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.