The Top Mistakes Schools Are Making When Addressing Student Behaviour Challenges with Rob Lans | Season 2: Episode 1

Welcome back to a brand new season of the Well-Led Schools Podcast! We’ve got lots planned for 2024, and to kick off our first episode of the year, I sat down with School Principal and Student Behaviour Management expert Rob Lans, who you might remember from season 1. 

For this first episode of season 2, we’ve come together to discuss some of the most common mistakes we see schools make when it comes to addressing student behaviour concerns. The reason why it’s so important to be aware of these mistakes (and correct them) is the snowball effect they have on student, staff, teacher and leader wellbeing and overall school culture.

This episode is the first part of two, so don’t forget to tune in to episode 2 next week, where we reveal practical solutions to these common mistakes.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Why it’s so important to keep our approach current and aligned with what is going on in the world and in the students’ lives
  • The importance of reviewing and refining our student behaviour management approach using data
  • What happens when there are communication breakdowns and a lack of follow-up between leaders, teachers and students
  • Why schools should consider using a trauma-informed, empathetic and flexible approach to student behaviour management
  • Why involving the students and allowing them to feel heard is vital to behaviour modification and inspiring change
  • How focusing on positive behaviours is just as important as correcting the “negative” ones
  • Why having the right access to resources is key to helping students learn, change and thrive
  • The effects of having leaders handle student behaviour issues versus the teachers

About Rob Lans:

Early in his career as a high school teacher, Rob’s passion for outdoor education found him searching for ways to engage students and build deeper connections through the natural environment.

After honing his student management skills in an in-school Student Services role, Rob stepped into the ACT Education Office, where he worked with numerous primary schools, high schools and colleges to support leaders, teachers and staff with student behaviours.

Here, he took a diagnostic approach to understanding what students were communicating through their behaviours and worked side-by-side with schools to develop systems and processes for student management.

In 2015, Rob transitioned back into schools in the ACT, first as a Deputy Principal and then as a School Principal since 2018. 

As an add-on to our Well-Led School Partnership program, Rob is partnering with Adrienne Hornby Consulting to remotely support schools to review, refine and systemise a whole-school approach to behaviour management in order to best address staff wellbeing and school culture.

Links and Resources:

Previous episodes with Rob:

S1 E2: How A Systemised Focus On Student Behaviour Management Can Improve The Wellbeing Of School Staff With Rob Lans

S1 E3:10 Steps To Meaningfully Improve Staff Wellbeing And School Culture In 2023

Well-Led Schools Partnership Program: 

Student Behaviour Pilot Program:   

Get in contact with us to hear about support options for student behaviour and staff wellbeing: 


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