Analyse the ways in which you would establish ground rules with your learners, and which underpin behaviour and respect for others

It is important that ground rules should be established and made clear at the beginning of the course, the rules must be clear, fair and adhered to by everyone, according to Gravells (2008) “All learners require boundaries and rules within which to work. These must be made clear early on in the course; Setting ground rules will help everyone know their limits”.
Ground rules may be negotiated or imposed. The way in which ground rules are set can directly relate to whether the rules are adhered to, and rules may change according to your learners, according to Gravells (2008) “Without ground rules, disruption may occur and affect the learning of your group.”
Rules which are imposed by organisations/and or the law, are preset rules that learners are being informed they have to adhere to; although these rules may address all boundaries, they are likely to produce a negative response from learners, as they may consider them unreasonable, they have no involvement in the decision making or agreement of these rules; they may therefore be less likely to take responsibility for keeping them. Negotiated rules are rules which are discussed and agreed on by the group involved; ground rules established in this way often match the expectations of the tutor. When negotiating rules everyone within the group should be involved in the decision making, the whole group is then deciding on what is important to them to minimize disruption in the learning environment. Once ground rules are set, agreement should also be made as to whether these rules should be displayed within the room, written down and signed by group members, or if each member of the group should be mindful of the rules and individually be responsible for keeping them. Agreement within the group should also be made as the sanctions to be imposed on individuals breaking rules.