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“The idea that behaviour management is simply about learning a set of techniques that emerge from a teacher's 'toolkit' is a dangerous one. Outstanding management of behaviour and relationships is simply not skills led. Neither is it imported with magic behaviour systems, bought with data tracking software or instantly achieved by calling school an academy. In behaviour management, culture eats strategy for breakfast. Getting the culture right is critical. With the right culture the strategies that are used become less important. The culture is set by the way that the adults behave” 

from When The Adults Change Everything Changes

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when the adults change, everything changes.

In When the Adults Change, Everything Changes: Seismic Shifts in School Behaviour, Paul Dix upends the debate on behaviour management in schools and offers effective tips and strategies that serve to end the search for change in children and turn the focus back on the adults.

You can buy in the best behaviour tracking software, introduce 24/7 detentions or scream NO EXCUSES as often as you want but ultimately the solution lies with the behaviour of the adults. It is the only behaviour over which we have absolute control. Drawing on anecdotal case studies, scripted interventions and approaches which have been tried and tested in a range of contexts, from the most challenging urban comprehensives to the most privileged international schools, behaviour training expert Paul Dix advocates an inclusive approach that is practical, transformative and rippling with respect for staff and learners. An approach in which behavioural expectations and boundaries are exemplified by people, not by a thousand rules that nobody can recall.

In this abridged audiobook version of his bestselling title, Paul Dix talks you through the book's hugely influential behaviour management approach - an approach whereby expectations and boundaries are exemplified by people, not by a thousand rules that nobody can recall.

Each chapter, as in the paperback, focuses on a particular theme and offers an abundance of sensible, down-to-earth strategies geared to help you form your own unique behaviour blueprint in your school and classroom. The Testing, Watch out for and Nuggets sections have been removed for this audiobook, but the indispensable advice on how to involve all staff in developing a whole school ethos built on kindness, empathy and understanding remains.


Narrated by Paul Dix himself, this audiobook is suitable for teachers and school leaders - in any setting - who are looking to upgrade their approach to school behaviour.

Available on Audible and at 

the Audio book

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