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 Assertive Teacher 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

This course could be offered as one to one or small group mentoring.
JMC Mentoring can be either face to face or online.
We have an extensive range of Primary/Secondary/Independent and International school leaders ready to act as your mentor or critical friend.
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JMC Mentoring Team

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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