Making the Rules & Breaking the Rules

Thursday 18th March 2021

  • #UKEdChat session 544
  • Rules and expectations must shift to to match the needs of the learners and adapt to a given activity.
  • The unspoken rules of the classroom are just as important to learn as the formal rules.
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The rules are made to be broken…. Not in my classroom!

A clearly defined set of rules to keep things fair and in order, and ensure that a good environment for learning is in place. Naturally, this doesn’t have to mean silent and hanging on the teacher’s every word for the whole of the lesson, but the right conditions adapted to best suit the current activities that are happening in the classroom, or wherever the learning is happening.

But what is the role of the learning in crafting the rules? Some ownership is sometimes dangled in front of the school council and discussions are made about listening to pupil voices, but how made influence does this really have on school policy?

On top of the school rules, there are layers upon layers of other rules, both formal and unwritten, social and behavioural, in each different classroom, which both teachers and learners must navigate. Learning these are every bit as important as learning the academic materials to prepare our learners for both their future lessons and their future lives once they leave school.

In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 18th March 2021 at 8pm(UK), we discussed how rules are made, who are the rules made for and why they have been put in place. We also explored how school and classroom rules interact and how rules can adapt to the needs of the moment.


  1. Who are normally the beneficiaries of school rules, and is this the right focus?
  2. How to whole school rules and classroom rules differ?
  3. Should pupils have a say in what rules are applied in school, and how should that be done?
  4. Should teachers also have to follow school rules? Why? Are there exceptions?
  5. How can rules be differentiated to the needs of the pupil, or consistent no matter what?
  6. Are rules an opportunity to learn, and if so, how?
  7. What is the most important rule in your school, and why?
  8. What is the most important unspoken rule in your classroom?

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