Information Bulletin Number 4




The following are some practical strategies for managing student behaviour in the playground.




A discipline policy for the playground, including general rules, positive reinforcement for appropriate behaviour, and consequences for inappropriate behaviour.

Environmental changes

- who plays where

- more equipment

- more physical activity

Yr. 7's or high school students teaching younger students how to play.

Physical education lessons adapted so that each class focuses on teaching specific games.

"Stop Think Do" social skills training package to be used in small groups or at the class level.

Discuss, model and role play appropriate behaviour both in and out of class.

Catch them being good

- focus on positives.

- non verbal recognition le. wink

- use proximal praise

- use tokens for positives in playground and exchange for free time or group/individual choice.

Teachers/parents play with students and teach them games.




Individual behaviour contracts.

Separate play times for students playing inappropriately.

Buddy system - pair disruptive. student with positive role model.

Conflict resolution - verbally mediate problems, show alternative ways of dealing with situations.

Emphasize that the behaviour, not the child, is being rejected.

Notice gains and encourage cycle of positive reinforcement from home, eg. send notes home.


Further information is available from the Peel School Psychology Service.