Next Review date: July 2017
DfE Guidelines have been taken into consideration in the formation of this policy. It should be read in conjunction with other related policies to establish the general mission, ethos and values of the school.
At St George’s CE Primary School we believe that children thrive best in a well-disciplined caring environment. In applying an Assertive Discipline approach to behaviour management throughout the school, children are given an opportunity to modify their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. It is written for all members of the school community to allow each one to understand the policy of the school and to apply it consistently and fairly.
To ensure that appropriate behaviour and language are used throughout the school
To encourage and praise greater effort in both work and behaviour
To ensure a whole school approach to discipline which is used and approved by all the staff in the school – teaching and non-teaching
To ensure that parents are informed and are aware of the disciplinary procedures
To provide a system of rewards to encourage good behaviour and to try and reverse continuous ands habitual offenders by using assertive discipline techniques
To ensure a safe, caring and happy school
To promote good citizenship
To promote self discipline
To prevent and deal with the effects of bullying
We believe that:
Every child has the right to learn, but no child has the right to disrupt the learning of others.
The establishment of a sound, positive and caring ethos is an essential prerequisite for learning. It depends upon trusting relationships and a process of cooperative teamwork and the school welcomes and encourages the involvement of the LEA, Governors, parents and others in the community.
Who is responsible?
All members of the school community – teaching and non-teaching staff, parents, pupils and Governors work towards the school aims by promoting essential British values through:
Providing a well ordered environment in which all are fully aware of behavioural expectations
Treating all children and adults as individuals and respecting their rights, values and beliefs
Fostering and promoting good relationships and a sense of belonging to the school community
Offering equal opportunities in all respects of school life and recognising the importance of the different cultures
Encouraging, praising and positively reinforcing good relationships, behaviour and work
Rejecting all bullying or harassment in any form
Helping to develop strategies to eliminate undesirable behaviour both within and outside the classroom, applying these consistently
Caring for, and taking pride in, the physical environment of the school
Working as a team, supporting and encouraging each other.
Whole School Approach:
At St. George’s C of E Primary School we want to uphold the Christian values and continue to focus on ‘Learning to Learn,’ through the six R’s: Resilience, Respect, Risk-taking, Resourcefulness, Relationships and Reflectiveness.
We are focusing very much on the positive and the children will still receive stickers, house points, achievement rewards, ‘Golden Reward Time’ and certificates for good behaviour. For exceptional behaviour, one child per term in each class will be chosen to receive the Achievement Cup.
In addition we are using a behaviour form; this will have 4 colour coded sections. The ‘Green behaviours’ which are the values which we promote at St. George’s C of E Primary School, such as behaving well so that everyone feels safe, respecting people, treating them nicely, and looking after equipment and possessions.
Further to this there will be a progressive scale moving from Blue, to Yellow and finally Pink.
If a child refuses to do the learning that is set out by the teacher, or fails to take reasonable care of school equipment or others’ possessions, or behaves badly towards another child, then he or she will receive a ‘Blue Slip: and they will be given time to reflect on their behaviour, and will have to make up any missed learning time.
If a child threatens someone, uses bad language, behaves impolitely and/or disrespectfully or refuses to do their work, then they will receive a ‘Yellow Slip’ and will have time out of class, or will have to make up missed learning time during playtimes and lunch times with a senior member of staff.
This will be extremely rare and can lead to either an exclusion or internal seclusion, where the child will be away from their Year Group for the day. A child will only receive this if they use violent behaviour, vandalise school property, behave extremely aggressively, fight or otherwise act in a physically abusive manner, show racism towards others, persistently bully or steal.
If a child receives more than five Blue and/or Yellow slips over the course of a term, parents/guardians will receive a letter asking them to make an appointment with a senior teacher within school, to discuss their behaviour. If a child receives a pink slip parents/guardians will be informed straight away, or at the end of the school day. They may also receive a slip if a child has persistently shown inappropriate behaviour at lunch times.
The teacher will keep a log of regular bad behaviour as evidence for parents or the Headteacher.
Behaviour Management In Class:
Good planning for learning is the first step towards positive behaviour management in class. This involves clear differentiation, motivating and engaging children and building their self-esteem. Adults should provide support for children in a positive way which prevents low level disruption from becoming more serious.
Children will be encouraged through positive behaviour strategies.
Each class teacher is to be responsible for determining rules, rewards and consequences with the class.
Five rules should be sufficient.
Children should be involved in discussing and determining rules.
Rules should be positive.
Rules should be displayed in the classroom and children reminded of them regularly.
Children should be made aware of sanctions involved in breaking the rules, so that they have the opportunity to modify their behaviour.
Children should be provided with positive rewards for good behaviour eg verbal or written praise, house points, certificates, free choice etc.
Blank timetable can be used to identify any pattern in regular bad behaviour.
Bullying whether verbal or physical is unacceptable and the child should be removed from the situation immediately.
Playtime detention: Teachers should always remain in the class with children staying in.
Additional Behaviour Support
There will always be occasions when some pupils find it difficult to work within the identified system of sanctions and rewards. These pupils require additional behaviour support. Allocation of additional support will be agreed with parents and carers after a full discussion of the child’s needs. At this point the child will be placed on the school monitoring SEN register and a range of strategies and resources will be considered.
It is vital that records are kept of all behavioural incidents. This helps to safeguard children and to build a full and accurate picture of their needs. (See Inclusion Policy)
Positive Handling/Reasonable Force
Positive Handling uses the minimum degree of force necessary for the shortest period of time to prevent a pupil harming himself, herself, others or property.
The scale and nature of any physical intervention must be proportionate to both the behaviour of the individual to be controlled, and the nature of the harm they might cause.
Staff would be expected to follow the Behaviour Policy in the first instance to manage an incident/challenging behaviour.
Wherever possible, assistance should be sought from another member of staff before intervening.
Physical intervention may involve staff:
escorting a pupil
shepherding a pupil away
supportively holding a pupil to keep them or others safe until they have regained control of themselves or can be supported to an area to calm down
All incidents necessitating positive handling will be recorded and reported termly.
The St George’s the 6R Rules should be referred to throughout the school day to promote positive behaviour. The specific displayed whole school rules should be regularly referred too. When children do not follow the rules, the midday supervisor will first give a verbal warning and may then send a child to a ‘Thinking Area’ for a period of time. This will be recorded and then monitored by senior management for patterns and trends. Any serious incidents will be referred to the Headteacher or senior teacher on duty and will result in exclusion from the playground the following lunchtime. Parents and Carers will be informed as necessary.
Incidents of Bullying
Appropriate and responsible attitudes and behaviour will be fostered by the school’s programme of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. Any form of bullying will not be tolerated and children are actively encouraged to tell an adult at school or at home if they are experiencing any problems or difficulties.
Bullying is not easy to define. However, bullying includes:
Deliberate hostility and aggression towards the victim
A victim who is weaker and less powerful than the bully or the bullies
An outcome, which is always painful and distressing for the victim.
Bulllying can be:
Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, and any other forms of violence, threats.
Verbal – name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing
Emotional – excluding, tormenting, ridicule and humiliation
Racist – racist taunts, graffiti and gestures
Sexual – unwanted physical contact or abusive language.
Indirect – spreading unpleasant rumours
(See Anti-Bullying, Sexism and Racism Policy)
Bullying can take place in school, after school, or online.
Staff will always promote and celebrate the diversity of our school community. Racism of any description will not be tolerated.
(See Anti-Bullying, Sexism and Racism Policy)
Sexual and Sexist Bullying
Staff will promote equality at all times. Sexual and sexist bullying will not be tolerated.
(See Anti-Bullying, Sexism and Racism Policy)
Exclusion will only be considered after all possible strategies and resources have been explored.
Internal Exclusion is used for serious incidents and is authorised by the Headteacher.
Internal exclusion means a period of time in school isolated from the school community. Parents and carers are informed.
Fixed Term Exclusions
Serious or persistent breaches of the behaviour policy will result in a fixed term exclusion from school.
The Headteacher may exclude a pupil for one or more fixed periods for up to 45 days in any one school year.
A record of fixed term exclusions is kept and the governing body and local authority are informed each term.
The Headteacher has the right to permanently exclude a child from school in accordance with Local Authority guidelines. The Headteacher may permanently exclude a pupil for persistent or serious misbehaviour. It is also possible for the Headteacher to convert a fixed term exclusion into a permanent exclusion.