INSET : Strategies for Anger Management in the Classroom

Anger management

“0ur staff found your anger management course hugely beneficial. The resources that you’ve sent will also be a huge help as we try to embed the strategies that you outlined.”
Emma Rainford, Deputy Head Teacher, Parrs Wood High School, Manchester

The Principles and Practices of Effective Anger Management

Anger is one of the seven universal emotions that are common across gender, ages and cultures, according to leading emotion researcher Paul Ekman.

Anger Management is a complex area which involves understanding and learning on many levels such as chemical responses, brain development, frame of reference, childhood development, trauma and influences, peers, schooling.

Often the negative pervasive influences for anger are sown at a younger age, and can often develop into lifelong challenges in the workplace and at home.

Rise in Unhelpful & Stressful Behaviours in Schools

Unhelpful stressful behaviours are rising amongst pupils in both primary and secondary schools. Much of the causes of this stem from factors such as fractured / detached upbringing, inconsistent parenting / poor role models, and excessive expectation and pressures inappropriate to childhood development. Such behaviours can quickly develop into more concerning anger issues, which if not addressed at a younger age, may well develop into very unhelpful patterns of behaviour in adult life.

Is all Anger Bad?

The first step is the awareness of an anger issue and understanding its impact. Fortunately, not all anger can be bad, and if channelled correctly, it can be a skill upon which to build effective personal development.

There is a clear need to address this problem at source by embedding understanding and strategies within a triangular approach of teachers, pupils and parents/carers.


By the end of the INSET, delegates will have:
• A greater understanding of the root causes of anger
• A clear understanding of the relationship between the brain and key influencer hormones
• Identified simple and effective proactive and retrospective anger management tips
• Reviewed a range of key strategies that control and eliminate anger
• Practised various anger management scenarios (optional)

Who is the INSET for:

• Teaching Assistants with responsibility for individual need
• Learning Mentors
• SEN co-ordinator
• Teachers

INSET Outline:

The course will look at what anger really is and how it develops from poor developmental life experiences. It will review the hormonal and brain relationship in terms of the Triune Brain linked to adrenaline and cortisol. A typical assault cycle will be identified, and appropriate proactive and retrospective strategies identified.

A toolkit will be created that encompasses the traditional and contemporary strategies such as :

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 

Solutions Focused Therapy

Neuro Linguistic Programming 

Positive Psychology 


CALM training

Anger Management Overview

• What is anger?
• Why does it occur, and how it can be useful
• A review of all the components that can impact on anger development revolving around early childhood experiences
• The classic anger model explained
• Other factors impacting on anger

The Connection Between the Brain and Emotional Hormones

• Clarification of Reptilian Brain, Limbic System ad Pre-Frontal Cortex mechanisms
• Identification of key hormones of cortisol, adrenaline, dopamine, serotonin
• Review of the Amygdala Hijack in regulating emotions
• Neurone cellular level explanation and how we can grow our capacities for change

Anger Management Strategies and Simple Tips

• Helicopter approach to solutions
• Review the typical assault cycle
• Generic and school specific anger issues
• Create your own bespoke toolkit of anger management strategies

Reducing Your Negative Behaviours

• Review communication styles
• Communication focus on asking questions, active listening and body language
• Active role play
• Identifying your strengths and weaknesses around issues of humour, flexible approaches, key words, pregnant pauses and validation



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