We are proud of the high standards of behaviour that our children demonstrate and the good reputation we have earned. The children understand our expectations and enjoy working and playing in our positive and calm school.
Rewarding good behaviour
We firmly believe that the best way to establish good behaviour throughout the school is to create a positive atmosphere for pupils who are behaving well. Praise is used widely throughout the school.
Children earn team points for small acts of good behaviour such as being polite, being caring etc. Each week we have a particular focus and promote an aspect of good behaviour throughout the school.
Certificates are presented in assembly to celebrate individuals or groups who have shown particularly high standards of behaviour.
Our central aim is to create a positive ethos in the school which will reward children who are behaving well and discourage poor behaviour.
In classrooms Behaviour Boards are used to manage behaviour. All children start the day on green with an aim of moving up to silver and gold as they behave well. If a child is not behaving well they are moved to amber with clear advice about what they need to do to move back to green. If this advice is ignored a child will be moved to red.
Any pupils on red at the end of a morning or afternoon are sent to detention. A letter is sent home to inform parents.
If a child will not settle to work they are sent to another class to work on their own. They are likely to also be given a detention.
When a child makes a mistake with their behaviour it is important that they understand the consequences of their actions. Most minor problems are dealt with by staff talking to a child or keeping a child inside for a short time at break times.
The child may spend their break with a member of staff to complete a reflection form. Children are always expected to do this if they end up on red at the end of a session or they are involved in any of the following:
- Being rude to an adult
- Having to be sent from the class and reported to the Head or Deputy
- Insulting comments to pupils, including any racist comments
A letter is sent home to inform parents what has happened.
For more serious or persistent misbehaviour children will be internally excluded. This will mean that they will work in isolation from the rest of the children for a specified period of time – usually a half or a whole day. Parents are informed about this and it is usually part of a planned response to poor behaviour.
At the Headteacher’s discretion a pupil may receive a fixed term or permanent exclusion. This is obviously a serious measure and is only used in the most serious of incidents. Parents and pupils have to attend a re-integration meeting where plans are agreed to avoid the situation arising again.
Working with children to improve their behaviour
For a small minority of pupils we have to implement individual plans. These will always include very clear targets to improve specific behaviours. The child will work towards rewards if they meet this target over a specific period of time. Earning a reward for the whole class will often form part of this approach to develop a sense of responsibility and to ensure the other children benefit from rewards and privileges.
We firmly believe that a positive approach to behaviour management is vital in securing the atmosphere we want to achieve in school. We encourage the children to think about their behaviour and have specific lessons to reflect on how and why we behave in certain ways. We aim to be as consistent as possible in our implementation of these approaches so that the children are aware of our expectations. We would like to hear parents to hear their views about how well these approaches work.