The author of the project stresses their school – a public Catholic school – aims to develop in our children a set of spiritual and moral values (honesty, integrity and good judgement). a complement of basic skills. an enquiring and discriminating mind and a desire for knowledge. a strong self-esteem and high personal expectation. and tolerance and respect for others. How to achieve these goals in an increasing student population with challenging behaviours is one of the great challenges confronting us today, as our students’ misbehaviours, commonly characterised by refusing to do class work, fighting, noisiness, disrespect, talking out, tardiness, and absenteeism, have resulted to our school’s declined performance, and have driven out some of our teachers.
The author of this paper declares that their school’s problem in behaviour management is further exacerbated by other characteristics of our student population: 1) many come from areas where there are high levels of crime and anti-social behaviour. 2) the majority have learning difficulties or disabilities resulting to low performance/under-achievement. 3) a large proportion have special educational needs which are mainly behavioural, emotional and social in nature. 4) a high percentage are non native English speakers. 5) the majority are African and Black-British Caribbean with the rest coming from a very wide range of cultures. 6) many belong to low-income families with 3:10 ratio of students eligible for free school meals – a proportion above national averages. and 7) more are boys than girls.