For students to benefit from lessons, they must attend, listen and try their best. But at times, almost all teachers struggle to manage classroom behaviour and to motivate students to learn. Drawing on decades of research on behavioural science, this book offers teachers practical strategies to get students learning. The key is students’ habits. This book reveals simple yet powerful ways to help students build habits of success.

Harry Fletcher-Wood shows how teachers can use behavioural science techniques to increase motivation and improve behaviour. He offers clear guidance on topics such as using role models to motivate students, making detailed plans to help students act and building habits to ensure students keep going. The book addresses five challenges teachers face in encouraging desirable behaviour:

  • Choosing what change to prioritise
  • Convincing students to change
  • Encouraging students to commit to a plan
  • Making starting easy
  • Ensuring students keep going

Workshops, checklists and real-life examples illustrate how these ideas work in the classroom and make the book a resource to revisit and share. Distilling the evidence into clear principles, this innovative book is a valuable resource for new and experienced teachers alike.

chapter |13 pages


How can we get every student learning?

chapter 1|16 pages

What should we ask students to change?

chapter 2|22 pages

How can we convince students to learn?

chapter 4|14 pages

How can we encourage students to start?

chapter 5|21 pages

How can we help students to keep going?

chapter 6|12 pages

How can we help students to stop?

chapter 7|21 pages

How can we encourage teachers to change?

chapter |1 pages


chapter |6 pages