“Good behaviour and discipline are key foundations of good education. Without an orderly atmosphere, effective teaching and learning cannot take place.”
DFES Circular 8/94
Positive behaviour is an essential foundation for a creative and effective teaching and learning environment in which all pupils can thrive and feel respected, safe and secure.
We aim to develop self discipline, self respect and self esteem and to cultivate an attitude to work hard for as high a standard of achievement as is possible.
The family atmosphere of this school is of paramount importance. The values, standards and attitudes we expect are made clear to the children by example and through discussion. The staff take great care to work positively together to make the school a happy and safe environment for all children.
‘Treat other people as you want them to treat you’
We expect pupils to be polite and well mannered and to respect each other and the adults they meet in school.
We expect pupils to adopt a sensible attitude towards their own property, the property of others, the school building, equipment and grounds.
We expect pupils to be kind and considerate to each other, with no one behaving in a manner which could bring physical or verbal harm to anyone else.
We expect pupils to move in and around the building in a safe and orderly manner, having consideration for their own and others’ safety.
We expect pupils to work hard and endeavour to complete tasks in the allotted time without distracting or disrupting the working of others.
Teaching and Learning
The development of the pupils’ social, emotional and behaviour skills are achieved through the pastoral support from staff. In Reception ‘Dinosaur School’ sessions are held each week. Some pupils with more challenging behaviour do benefit from a period of small group or one-to-one support, in areas such as anger management. Other children may have a positive behaviour chart or log to reinforce our expectations within school. The school’s Teaching and Learning Policy supports staff in teaching approaches which promote positive behaviour.
Roles and Responsibilities
Positive behaviour is the responsibility of the whole school community. All pupils have the right to have a safe and happy school. Rules and codes of behaviour are essential for maintaining these rights. For these rights to be maintained the whole school community must take on the responsibility for implementing, monitoring and reviewing the policy.
The Governing Body- defines the principles of positive behaviour within school and monitors the overall impact
The Headteacher- implements the policy and establishes an environment which encourages positive behaviour and discourages inappropriate behaviour and bullying. Rewards and sanctions are monitored.
Staff- ensure that the policy is consistently and fairly applied. They provide mutual support and modelling of high standards.
Pupils- show appropriate behaviour and report incidents of bullying. Pupils need to be taught how to behave well.
There are pupil governors responsible for anti-bullying.
Parents/carers- need to take responsibility for pupils’ behaviour inside and outside of school. They need to ensure that high standards of behaviour are maintained.
The school promotes race equality and general duty requirement to take action to tackle inequalities and discrimination. Pupils may also become vulnerable through events such as bereavement, divorce and separation. This policy is linked to the anti-bullying policy
The whole philosophy of our behaviour policy is based on positive strategies. Positive behaviour should not be taken for granted, but actively taught and reinforced.
Praise begins with the frequent use of encouraging language and gestures in lessons and around school so that positive behaviour is constantly recognised. This needs to be supported by a coherent system of rewards.
In Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1, there are a lot of good strategies used:
We see lunchtimes as part of our time in school so our expectations for good behaviour are exactly the same. We have rewards for those pupils showing good behaviour.
‘Top table’- 6 children each week sit at a special table on a Friday and get served first. These children receive a certificate
Sometimes we do need to remind pupils about good behaviour so we do have procedures in place for dealing with these pupils. Consistency is essential. We need to:
When there are cases of minor, low level issues with behaviour, action is taken and the pupils are dealt with by the following procedures:
In the classroom:
At lunchtime handover, the dinner staff will provide verbal feedback to teachers regarding any issues which need further action.
The following list outlines the types of behaviour we feel is unacceptable in our school.
Aggression/ violence to staff or other pupils
Disruption of learning
Foul language or swearing
Inappropriate sexual behaviour (dealt with under child protection procedures)
Name calling designed to upset another pupil or pupils
Any incidents of unacceptable behaviour would warrant an immediate loss of playtime and will be dealt with by the Head teacher.
Parents will also be informed if the behaviour is deemed unacceptable
Each case will be dealt with on its own merits and using the discretion of the adults concerned.
No aggressive or threatening behaviour to children or staff will be tolerated in our school.
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying, including cyberbullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff. Each pupil has signed the anti-bullying pledge. Reported incidents of bullying are dealt with as soon as possible and are taken very seriously. Please see our anti-bullying policy
Partnership with Parents
Parents have a vital role to play in supporting and encouraging their child’s positive development. We believe that parents should be informed of the positive achievements of their children and do this in many different ways- including informal chats at the end of the day for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, notes home, certificates and formally at Parents Evening.
If there is a problem we believe in early intervention between home and school and will inform parents if we are concerned about their child’s behaviour. This enables us to work together. It is helpful if parents inform school if there is a problem at home which might affect a child’s behaviour in school. If parents have any concerns about major changes in their child’s behaviour, they should discuss them with the class teacher.
Monitoring and Evaluation
We have adopted the policies of Oldham LEA to support our behaviour policy. This a working document for the whole school community to support and maintain the high standards of behaviour which we expect. It will be discussed, evaluated and amended annually to reflect current practice. The plan will be monitored by all staff under the direction of the Headteacher.