INSET : The Assertive Teacher & School

assertive teacher

I found this course very uplifting. I’ve learnt many different strategies to enable me to be more confident and assertive teacher, and to develop assertiveness in my pupils.

Dale James, Physics Teacher, Bournside School, Cheltenham

Assertiveness is a ‘win-win situation’ when dealing with colleagues and pupils!


Assertiveness Makes Sense

Strength and dominance are often associated with the term assertiveness. However, this is a misconception. Assertive behaviour is neither passivity nor aggressiveness. It is a calm, confident way of interacting that enables you to derive the best outcome from any given situation. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, ‘No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’


The Value of being an Assertive Teacher

Assertiveness enables teachers to engage in a professional, confident manner with all colleagues, regardless of status, to gain fair and positive outcomes. It also allows the development of positive, respectful relationships with learners. Assertive teachers create a presence in the classroom, and use a range of tools and strategies to manage behaviour in a non-confrontational manner. All in all, an assertive school is a dynamic, positive environment with members understanding their personal rights and the responsibilities (Daniel Goleman).


Benefits of the INSET

• Clarify what assertiveness is and why it is important both in school and more widely
• Explore where you currently are in terms of assertiveness
• Identify benefits of, and barriers to, assertiveness
• Outline some common personality types and behaviours exhibited
• Highlight the rights and responsibilities of the assertive individual
• Illustrate how to manage the classroom and behaviour in an assertive non-confrontation manner

Inset Outline

Why Assertiveness ?

Clarifying assertiveness
How assertive am I?
Assertive as opposed to non-assertive people
Why bother with developing assertiveness?
The emotional challenges of non-assertiveness


Accentuate the Positive

Identifying barriers to assertiveness
Clarifying rights and responsibilities of assertive individuals
Simple steps to assertiveness
Behaviour types and consequences (assertive, passive, aggressive)
Reflecting on how behaviours manifest themselves both within the learner cohort and with colleagues


The Assertive Teacher

The language of assertiveness
Why voice tone matters
Understanding the importance of body language
Identifying principles for managing behaviour assertively
Building an assertive, positive behaviour management toolkit (menu of practical strategies)
Next steps in becoming more assertive

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