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Behaviour Policy

Aims

Our basic policy is that children learn best in an orderly, structured and stimulating environment where   discipline is the keystone.

In our school we aim:

  • To develop in each child a sense of responsibility, a respect for property and the ability to put themselves in the place of others, and to give them enough self-discipline to make wise decisions and act upon them, so that they may become mature, balanced adults who enjoy living;
  • To provide a broad, balanced and up to date curriculum which is flexible enough to meet the needs of different ages and abilities and which will enable each child to reach high standards of personal work;
  • To develop respect for and understanding of religious belief and moral values with a Christian foundation, and a sound knowledge of other cultures and traditions.

SCHOOL RULES

The following are a list of school rules. These are kept to a minimum to ensure the smooth and safe running of the school. On the rare occasions when it is necessary to alter school rules parents will be notified in writing and the children will be informed at morning assembly.

Regular attendance and punctuality are necessary at all times. Children should arrive no later than 08.55 each morning. Parents are requested to notify the school of the reason for absence on the first day of absence. Children returning from absence must provide a dated written note from their parents stating the reason for absence.

Sensible and orderly behaviour is expected at all times in the school building. Children may not be in a classroom or in the hall at playtime or lunchtime without permission from a teacher.  Children should walk inside the building.

Pupils should wear full school uniform. A note should be brought from parents if uniform cannot be worn because of some emergency or special circumstance.

No money or valuables should be left in trays or classrooms. These should be handed to a member of staff for safe keeping. Tape recorders, radios, toy guns, knives or offensive weapons are forbidden. All personal possessions brought to the school are at the owner’s risk.

Pupils should take care of the building and of the equipment in school.  They should respect other peoples belongings.

Pupils should be helpful, friendly and polite, talking quietly and listening to others.  They should respect other people and keep their hands and feet to themselves.

Pupils should work hard and do their best within school.

The Class Teacher and Pastoral Care

The Class Teacher has prime responsibility for the children within his or her charge. This includes:

  • praising and rewarding children for work well done and implementing sanctions for those who fall below expected standards;
  • watching out for children who are behaving in an unusual or strange manner;
  • looking for signs of distress and upset
  • having an awareness through talking and listening to children of possible suspected occurrences of accidental injury or child abuse (such occurrences to be reported to the Head Teacher for further investigation).

Rewards

Rewards are a very powerful tool for teachers to use. The general practice of classroom management involves many rewards being given to children on a daily basis. These include:

  • verbal praise, written remarks about good work, stickers, sending children to a teacher or the Head for praise,
  • stars and /or commendations given to children in recognition of outstanding work or behaviour,
  • reports which are also seen as a vehicle for constructive criticism and praise.
  • achievement trophy presented weekly in the good news assembly.

Sanctions

There are times of course when punishment has to be considered. Even the most sensible and well-adjusted children can at times be mischievous and over-exuberant. Children may not be detained at any time other than morning or afternoon break. On those extremely rare occasions where there seems to be a serious or persistent problem the Head Teacher will discuss such matters fully with the parents.

If a child is performing or behaving badly, e.g. bullying or disrupting the education of his/her peers, then the Headteacher will be informed and the following disciplinary steps will be taken:

The child will be warned officially to stop offending and a suitable punishment/strategy will be employed, e.g.

  • talking the matter over with the child
  • talking to other teachers and pupils
  • talking to parents
  • moving the pupil to another seat to facilitate learning/good behaviour
  • a pupil may work in another classroom away from the usual group for a cooling off period
  • withdrawing any pupil from participating in practical work for a period of  time as appropriate to safeguard the welfare of  the majority of pupils
  • removing the child  from the classroom
  • placing the pupil on report. Here the behaviour is monitored throughout the day.
  • denial of playtime or lunchtimes
  • work ‘avoided’ can be completed at break or lunchtime under direct supervision.

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