When the Adults Change, Everything Changes

Seismic shifts in school behaviour

By: Paul Dix


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PublishedJune 2017

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In When the Adults Change, Everything Changes: Seismic shifts in school behaviour, Paul Dix upends the debate on behaviour management in schools and offers effective tips and strategies that serve to end the search for change in children and turn the focus back on the adults.

You can buy in the best behaviour tracking software, introduce 24/7 detentions or scream ‘NO EXCUSES’ as often as you want – but ultimately the solution lies with the behaviour of the adults. It is the only behaviour over which we have absolute control.

Drawing on anecdotal case studies, scripted interventions and approaches which have been tried and tested in a range of contexts, from the most challenging urban comprehensives to the most privileged international schools, behaviour training expert and Pivotal Education director Paul Dix advocates an inclusive approach that is practical, transformative and rippling with respect for staff and learners. An approach in which behavioural expectations and boundaries are exemplified by people, not by a thousand rules that nobody can recall.

When the Adults Change, Everything Changes illustrates how, with their traditional sanction- and exclusion-led methods, the ‘punishment brigade’ are losing the argument. It outlines how each school can build authentic practice on a stable platform, resulting in shifts in daily rules and routines, in how we deal with the angriest learners, in restorative practice and in how we appreciate positive behaviour.

Each chapter is themed and concludes with three helpful checklists – Testing, Watch out for and Nuggets – designed to help you form your own behaviour blueprint. Throughout the book both class teachers and school leaders will find indispensable advice about how to involve all staff in developing a whole school ethos built on kindness, empathy and understanding.

Suitable for all head teachers, school leaders, teachers, NQTs and classroom assistants – in any phase or context, including SEND and alternative provision settings – who are looking to upgrade their own classroom management or school behaviour plan.

Contents include:

1. Visible Consistency, Visible Kindness

2. The Counter-Intuitive Classroom

3. Deliberate Botheredness

4. Certainty in Adult Behaviour

5. Keystone Classroom Routines

6. Universal Microscripts: Flipping the Script

7. Punishment Addiction, Humiliation Hangover

8. Restore, Redraw, Repair

9. Some Children Follow Rules, Some Follow People

10. Your Behaviour Policy Sucks!

11. The 30 Day Magic

When the Adults Change Everything Changes was a silver winner 2017 Foreword INDIES Awards in the Education category.

Named one of Book Authority’s best education reform books of all time.

Named one of Book Authority’s best education books of all time.

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Paul Dix

As a teacher, leader and teacher trainer, Paul Dix has been working to transform the most difficult behaviour in the most challenging urban schools, referral units and colleges for the last 25 years. In addition to working directly with schools, Paul has advised the Department for Education on the Teachers' Standards, given evidence to the Education Select Committee and done extensive work with the Ministry of Justice on behaviour and restraint in youth custody. Paul is a leading campaigner for the #BanTheBooths campaign (www.banthebooths.co.uk) and is a member of both the IntegratEd Reference Group and the Ethical Leadership Group.


  1. When the Adults Change, Everything Changes is an invaluable book for all teachers. It encourages you to reflect on your own behaviour and mindset so that you can recognise how they can affect your students’ behaviour. The real-life examples that Paul Dix shares enable you to reflect on how you would approach certain situations and why some approaches don’t work. Paul emphasises and explains the importance of consistency and kindness, rather than the ‘punishment road’ which can have a detrimental effect on students’ well-being and development. Furthermore, he provides a practical, common-sense approach to behaviour management, along with concrete strategies to support teachers to implement these approaches within their school or college.

    Overall, this book empowers teachers to make better choices to help improve their students’ behaviour and therefore the learning environment.

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