Every Child Matters
St. Mary and All Saints School is committed to the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda and the promotion of positive behaviour and regular attendance at school is a key element to this. Ensuring every child has the benefit of a full and enriching education will result in positive outcomes for our pupils, thus enabling them to:
• Be healthy
• Stay safe
• Enjoy and achieve
• Make a positive contribution
• Achieve economic well-being
Why we need a behaviour policy
• To benefit pupils
• To provide guidance to staff
• To promote school improvement
• To maintain some consistency within the LEA
• To comply with national legislation
• To implement this Behaviour Policy, supported and followed by the whole school community; parents, teachers, pupils and Governors, based on a sense of community and shared values.
• To foster a caring atmosphere, in which teaching and learning can take place in a safe and happy environment.
• To teach moral values and attitudes through the curriculum, as well as knowledge and skills.
• To reinforce good behaviour, by providing a range of rewards for children of all ages and abilities.
• To make clear to children the distinction between good and bad behaviour and encourage them to be responsible for their own actions.
St Marys is committed to improvement on all levels and to the development of all pupils. Their social, emotional and moral development is as important as academic learning and achievements. Such learning depends upon good behaviour and emotional maturity. Effective academic learning itself contributes to feelings of worth and self-esteem.
Philosophy of the school
St Mary and All Saints School wishes to provide an environment that is safe and stimulating for the children in our care. In order to ensure that this is so, we have introduced a policy with set procedures to create a calm, secure and happy working environment for all.
We have a Code of Conduct that sets out in general terms, how we expect our pupils to behave.
Principles – Code of Conduct
• All members of the school community should respect one another.
• All children should acknowledge and respect the authority of teachers and other adults within the school community.
• All children should show regard for their fellow pupils.
• All children should respect their own and other people’s property.
• Pupils should be well-behaved, well-mannered and attentive throughout their time in school.
• Pupils should walk (not run) within the school.
• Physical violence is not permitted within school and will be reported to the Headteacher.
• Inappropriate language should never be used.
• Children are expected to be punctual.
• Child should not bring sharp or dangerous instruments to school.
• Children should follow the school rule on uniform and jewellery.
• Pupils and staff will adhere to the principles outlined in the Home-School agreement and the school’s handbook for new parents or staff.
Teaching and Valuing appropriate behaviour
Encouraging appropriate behaviour
Children learn best in a calm environment where purposeful and self-disciplined behaviour is expected. Children respond positively to interesting and suitably challenging work that is taught in a well-organised and resourced classroom. Children need to take responsibility for their behaviour and understand sanctions for inappropriate behaviour. Praise is the best way in which value is communicated.
Staff at St Marys encourage pupils to;
• Show respect towards oneself and others
• Try their best
• Be honest
• Be polite
• Accept responsibility for their actions
Rewarding Appropriate Behaviour
• In collaboration with their class, teachers establish specific and realistic class rules at the beginning of each school year. These rules are reviewed at the beginning of each term.
• Within each class, staff use their own rewards system to highlight and reward desirable academic achievement, effort in learning or general behaviour e.g. stars, stickers, points, merits etc. Class teachers recognise and praise children’s work that is of the highest possible standard for that child.
• Each week the class teacher chooses two children from their class to receive an ‘Award of the Week’ for good work, good manners, helpfulness etc. A Headteacher’s Award is occasionally awarded to praise exceptional effort or achievement.
• Examples of outstanding positive behaviour above the well-established norm (eg helping another child with work, a community initiative) are also acknowledged in whole-school assemblies.
How we deal with unsatisfactory behaviour
There will always be children who require a system of sanctions to remind them of their responsibilities. Although sanctions will be perceived as being ‘punishments,’ their aim is to encourage positive learning and behaviour. Unsatisfactory work and behaviour should be dealt with in a calm and quiet way in the expectation that the child will learn from experience.
1. In the first instance, unsatisfactory behaviour may be dealt with by the involved member of staff and, where necessary, by seeking support from another member of staff. All breaches of discipline are dealt with in a caring, supportive manner, having regard to the age of the child. Normal sanctions include an oral reprimand and reminder of expected behaviour, loss of free time (such as break times), timeout (moving in class to sit alone), writing a letter of apology, completing unfinished work or loss of responsibility.
2. If behaviour persists, the Head teacher or other senior member of staff should be informed. The child may be sent to the Head teacher or Deputy Head teacher in the HT’s absence.
3. Sustained inappropriate behaviour is reported to parents, after consultation with the Head teacher.
4. This system will also be used for poor behaviour at playtime. Children who have been inappropriately behaved at lunch time will be detained and supervised by the Head teacher or Deputy Head in the HT’s absence. Their playtime may be restricted on subsequent days because of inappropriate behaviour.
5. In agreement by the Headteacher, a behaviour book may be used short-term, to monitor and reward behaviour in lessons, in addition to help inform parents daily of their child’s behaviour. This should be used for a limited period to encourage the child to take responsibility for their behaviour.
6. If undesirable behaviour persists, the Head teacher should be consulted to agree further actions. Children with behaviour concerns may need to work to short-term behaviour targets which are agreed and signed in an IEP.
7. The Head teacher should be consulted on all further dealings with this child’s behaviour.
8. The Head Teacher / Deputy Head Teacher needs to be kept informed of any behaviour issues from the moment they arise.
Major breaches of Code of Conduct
Major breaches of discipline are physical assault, deliberate damage to property, stealing, leaving the school premises without permission, verbal abuse, refusal to work and disruptive behaviour in class. St Mary’s School has a standard procedure for serious breaches of discipline. Failure to improve at any stage leads automatically to the next stage; each stage is recorded by the school.
This type of behaviour is rare at St. Mary’s School and it is the duty of the Head Teacher and other senior staff to deal with it promptly, particularly if the problem persists. The Head teacher will follow the procedures for discipline and, where necessary, follow the guidance outlined in the school’s Exclusions Policy, which will reflect the requirements of the law and the LEA exclusions protocol.
Procedures for dealing with major breaches of discipline;
• An oral warning by the Head teacher or Deputy Head teacher concerning future conduct.
• Time out period.
• Verbal communication by the class teacher with parents informing them of their child’s unacceptable behaviour.
• A meeting with parents at which a warning is given about further sanctions, unless there is improvement in the child’s behaviour.
• If the problem is severe or recurring, exclusion procedures are implemented-after consultation with the Governing Body.
• A case conference with parents and support agencies.
• Permanent exclusion, after consultation with the Governing Body and the LEA.
• Parents have the right of appeal to the Governing Body against a decision to exclude their child.
N.B. A particularly serious problem could result in suspending the normal procedure and a child being taken home straight away, following the Guidance in the LA’s Exclusion Guidance.
The Head teacher will record:
• Any incidents involving a child, or anyone employed in the school, resulting in personal injury or damage to property.
• Loss, theft or damage to property.
• Any other incidents or matters of serious nature.
Behaviour Modification Policy
At St. Marys, the vast majority of children behave well. There are, however, occasions when individual children exhibit behaviour that is unacceptable. As part of our Behaviour Policy, all staff use behaviour modification strategies to improve a child’s behaviour. The targets identified for improvement, together with the strategies selected, should be recorded in a child’s IEP and signed by the parents. The strategies used to reinforce positive behaviour might include:
• Change in classroom, curriculum organisation, timetabling or pupil groupings
• Reducing movement of pupils throughout the school
• Selecting suitable supply cover where necessary
• Using different resources to suit ability groups
• Rewards of stars/ smiley faces on work, on charts and in special books.
• Use of certificates, special stickers for such things as listening, being kind, helpful etc.
• Commenting on a child’s good behaviour to other children/ other classes.
• Showing achievements in Assembly (Award of the Week)
• Involving parents at an early stage to co-operate on an action plan.
• Introducing new staff to whole-school arrangements through the support of the Induction Policy/Handbook
How Parents can Support this Policy
Parents can help by recognising that an effective School Behaviour Policy requires close co-operation between parents, teachers and children.
• Parents should discuss the school rules, the Home School Agreement and ICT Internet Agreement with their child emphasising they support the rules.
• Parents should attend parents’ evenings, which are a requirement, and develop informal contact with school to help reinforce their support of the Policy.
• Learning and teaching cannot take place without sound discipline and parents should recognise that staff will deal with behaviour problems patiently and positively.
All pupils and staff are expected to follow this policy, regardless of their educational, social or emotional needs. Staff and parents will support the pupils in understanding their responsibilities as outlined in the policy and pupils will be provided with any additional support needed to work towards this aim.
Statement on entitlement and equal opportunities
All pupils, including those with special needs, are entitled to a comprehensive education which fulfils the statutory National Curriculum requirements, and takes into account pupils’ individual needs and interests. Our school aims to provide opportunities which reflect the cultural diversity of the school and local community.
Health and Safety
At St. Mary & All Saints the consideration of health and safety is of utmost importance. The teacher is responsible for children’s welfare and safety during all lessons. Health and safety regulations apply in all lessons. When working, appropriate levels of behaviour are outlined by staff and high expectations are set and taught (e.g. knowing when to listen and stop their work). Pupils are shown safe and effective use of the equipment, relevant to that subject e.g. not taking food or drink into the ICT suite or ensuring they are carrying PE equipment safely. The class teacher and Head teacher are responsible for ensuring they are familiar with appropriate Health and Safety Guidance, where appropriate.
Monitoring Impact of this Policy
This policy will be reviewed in line with the school’s policy review cycle. The review will consider the effectiveness of the current policy and update it to reflect the purpose of supporting the day-to-day management of behaviour.
Dissemination of the Behaviour Policy
This policy is discussed collaboratively with full-time teaching staff and the Head Teacher during a staff meeting. The draft policy is read with staff and amendments are made during this consultation process. It is then approved by the Governors. The final copy of the policy is distributed to staff and a master copy is held in the school’s policy file. The policy file is available, on request, to parents, governors, visitors, Local Education Authority Officers and OFSTED Inspectors.
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• Child Protection