Before working for B&A Sports I had never really had to work on behavior management of an individual
or whole class and to be honest, I didn’t realise how hard it would be.
Whilst I was training and watching Stefan (my boss) teach a class, I noticed that he never once
shouted, didn’t even get angry, and I couldn’t believe how controlled the children were.
Stefan told me that shouting at kids will never work and it can only go two ways. The first being
you will loose the relationship with the children.
Secondly it shows you’re on the ropes and trust me you don’t want to be looking like David Haye
in the 8th round! If you let your emotions take over your calm domineer, children will notice this
and start to push boundaries, keep in control of your emotions to keep in control of your
I myself have always coached football, ages that have ranged from u9’s all the way through to
adult football. The big difference is that I coached people who wanted to learn football, not
everybody who walks into the sports hall wants to be the next Eni Aluko or Owen Farrell.
This was one of the first things I had to address and I noticed very early on that if children feel
disconnected to the challenge, their lack of interaction would quickly flip to bad behavior, so it’s
crucial that you must emotionally and physically show interest to them achieving the target you
Another way to help your behavior management towards the children is incorporating the class
system into P.E. the easiest way to do this is either ask the T.A. or go up into the classrooms and
ask about it.
One of the schools I work at use DOJO, which is an online points system where pupil can earn
Dojos for being good i.e. DOJO for staying on task, or they can receive a negative for not listening.
If the children know they can earn a reward for good behavior it makes it more of a game rather
than a chore. You can also offer whole class DOJO, this is great help when you need the class to
line up and they will all line up quietly as nobody wants to be the naughty one who stopped the
Not all schools use the DOJO system, some will use other methods, for example another one is
house points, each pupil is put into either North, South, East or West and individuals earn house
points for end of week rewards.
A really simple system I use is the ‘invisible ball’. Whenever you’re teaching tennis, hockey or
anything that involves a ball if the children can’t keep it still I simply take the equipment from
them. Pupils quickly begin to listen as they don’t want to miss out or be bored and I can assure
that the next time they sit down with equipment they will look more a gargoyle!
Finally DON’T BE A CLATTENBERG – it’s not all about you! I know you have to be a strong figure,
but don’t ever get on a power trip and needlessly pick up on minor details. For example if you ask
children to ‘sit down, legs cross, arms folded’ and one child is sat quietly but without there legs
folded, just leave them don’t ruin a good lesson by brandishing big tellings off.
If you have the attention of the children that’s all you need, remember it’s their P.E. time not your