Research from the Department for Education continues to record a strong relationship between negative behaviours in school and reduced educational attainment. At the same time, increases in disruptive behaviour have led to an increase in the population of pupils facing exclusions, as specialist Pupil Referral Units face a growing backlog that is degrading their ability to return challenging students back into mainstream education. Central to overcoming these challenges will be supporting vulnerable students and upskilling staff to manage challenging classrooms. Schools must therefore focus their efforts to reduce poor behaviour and incentivise positive conduct to improve student’s outcomes and reduce exclusions.

  • 91% of surveyed pupils felt they understood how their school expected them to behave, according to the Department for Education’s June 2022 Report
  • According to the same survey, 62% of school leaders and teachers reported that misbehaviour interrupted teaching in at least some lessons that week
  • 22% of pupils surveyed said they had been a victim of bullying the past 12 months, according to the same report

Join us at The Improving Behaviour in Schools Conference 2023 to hear the latest national updates and initiatives for managing and improving pupils’ behaviour in both primary and secondary schools. Hear from case studies covering a range of important topics including reducing suspensions and developing alternative consequences, managing pupil use of technology and the internet as well as upskilling staff to handle challenging pupils. There will also be the opportunity to network with senior colleagues and discuss challenges and solutions surrounding positive engagement with pupils to reward good or improved behaviour.

Why Attend:

✓High-Level keynotes from leading education experts providing strategic context                                                                                                                              ✓Engage with best practice case studies from a range of primary and secondary schools covering key topics such as staff training, pupil mental health and anti-bullying
✓Network with speakers and senior colleagues from across the education sector
✓CPD (gain eight hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 ✓100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including Local Authorities, Voluntary, and Education and ALL CPD certified

 ✓Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 ✓Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 ✓Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 ✓Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

 ✓Personalised Homepage – only see the relevant content you need to save time

 ✓30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Kathryn Riley, Emeritus Professor of Urban Education, UCL (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Improving School Behaviour: A National Update on Initiatives to Support Students and Staff

    • Guidance on establishing a whole-school behaviour policy to consistently manage and engage with disruptive pupils
    • Understanding and addressing the long-term impacts on behaviour and attendance of COVID
    • Supporting pupils after a sanction: tips for engaging pupils and parents to set new behavioural targets
    • Establishing a culture of good behaviour where staff feel supported and clearly understand expectations

    Tom Bellwood, School Partnership Lead – Behaviour Hub, Department for Education (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Identifying Behavioural Challenges to Develop Targeted Strategies for Improvement

    • Strategies for identifying common influences on pupil behaviour to tailor expectations and policy
    • Integrating behavioural expectations into broader school values to create a culture of respect
    • Developing extra-curricular activities and clubs that reward positive behaviour and support disruptive pupils
    • Evaluating behavioural policies: metrics and guidance for monitoring behaviour interventions

    Jennie Mackay, Lead Policy Advisor, Ofsted (invited)

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Upskilling Staff to Support Pupils and Confidently Manage Difficult Classroom Behaviour

    • Defining clear responsibilities to staff to effectively deliver a coordinated behavioural strategy
    • Establishing specialist support and mentors for NQTs to bolster staff confidence
    • Surveying teachers to understand common challenges and integrate solutions into future training cycles
    • Improving recognition of staff and pupil achievements to reward positive progression and boost wellbeing school-wide

    Rachel Halpin, Associate Assistant Principal – Behaviour, The City Academy Hackney (invited)

  • Case Study: Strategies for Reducing Suspensions and Developing Alternative Consequences to Severe Behaviour

    • Creating bespoke support plans for students with complex needs to prevent suspensions
    • Connecting with external agencies in severe instances to provide specialist support and resources
    • Sharing examples of alternative interventions and consequences to prevent formal exclusions
    • Establishing a specialist pathways for pupils with SEND who are at risk of suspension

    Paul Bell, Headteacher, Horsforth School (invited)

  • Case Study: Positive Engagement Strategies to Reward Good Behaviour and Engage Disruptive Pupils

    • Integrating classroom behaviour with uniform and attendance policies to create a holistic student expectations strategy
    • Utilising a points-based system to reward attainment and incentivise good behaviour
    • Training staff on de-escalation techniques to prevent disruption within lessons and removal from class
    • Guidance on carrying out early discussion-based interventions to tackle low-level disruption

    Philip Stack, Headteacher, Oriel High School (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Keynote: Improving the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Pupils to Encourage Good Behaviour

    • Communication strategies to help students understand and articulate their feelings and challenges
    • Connecting with parents and pupils to develop tailored, pupil-centred wellbeing and behaviour plans
    • Liaising with external mental health services to access and signpost specialist resources
    • Early interventions: training staff to identify pupils with mental health challenges and sensitively approach students who require support

    Charlotte Rainer, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition Lead, Centre for Mental Health (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Taking Action to Prevent Harassment and Tackle Bullying Amongst Pupils

    • Establishing and communicating clear guidelines for what constitutes unacceptable behaviour for both students and staff
    • Engaging with perpetrators of bullying to prevent reoccurrence and set positive behaviour targets
    • Guidance on tackling inappropriate or offensive comments in the classroom through open dialogue
    • Creating positive behaviour role models and encouraging older pupils to support younger students

    C. Davidson, Headteacher, Beech Hill Primary School (invited)

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking – Incentivising Good Behaviour with Positive Reinforcement in the Classroom

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in rewarding and encouraging good behaviour through positive reinforcement and alternatives to sanctions. Allowing you to share your experiences and encourage best practice.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Managing Phone-Use and Pupil’s Online Activity to Prevent Disruptions

    • Strategies for monitoring and preventing unauthorised use of phones in the classroom
    • Adapting school facilities to prevent students from accessing to inappropriate or disruptive material: tips and advice
    • Teaching internet literacy and safety to students as part of a broader responsible use policy
    • Key measures to counter the influx of offensive or extremist online content to safeguard pupils

    Richard Gilpin, Headteacher, Pittville School (invited)

  • Case Study: Creating Inclusive Interventions to Improve Behaviour Management for Pupils with SEND

    • Developing inclusive behaviour management policies to support pupils with SEND and identify potential unmet needs
    • Coordinating with parents to identify and address behavioural triggers and challenges
    • Upskilling staff to adapt communication when managing disruptions by students with SEND
    • Creating an evaluation pathway to monitor the impact and adapt reasonable adjustments

    Mrs J Miles, Headteacher, St Brigid’s RC Primary School (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be education providers and those supporting students struggling with behaviour.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers from across the sector
 Meet your target audience
 Listen and Learn from leading experts from across the further education sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

  • Public Sector: £449+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector: £379+VAT
  • Private Sector: £649+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos OnDemand

✓ 12-Months FREE access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

 – 100s of exclusive case study focused videos and articles

 –  CPD Dashboard

 –  Personalised Homepage

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