Managing Conflict

#UKEdChat session 483 – This discussion is taking place on the evening of the 2019 UK General Election, and it is safe to say that elections bring about conflict and animosity.

Conflict happens in schools for various reasons, and finding ways to manage conflict is essential for everyone in education, ideally by preventing it from happening in the first place. Managing conflict isn’t necessarily about forgiving and forgetting past transgressions, and insisting that the quarrelers ‘shake hands and make up’ dismisses and belittles their genuine grievances with the other person or group, which can cause resentment. Yet a way to de-escalate conflict needs to be found.

In this #UKEdChat discussion, taking place on 12th December 2019 at 8pm(UK), we discussed common flashpoints which spark conflict, the best ways to manage conflicts, and what happens when animosity breaks out between staff.


  1. What are the most common reasons for conflict at school?
  2. How can conflict impact on learning?
  3. Where are the main locations where conflict arises?
  4. Do you think that factors such as the time, day of the week, or even the weather make conflict more likely?
  5. Can the classroom be adapted to make conflict less likely?
  6. Once conflict has arisen, what are your tips and strategies to manage it?
  7. How can conflict between staff be managed and what are the common causes?
  8. How can schools encourage dialogue between groups of different opinions and viewpoints?

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