Behaviour Management Policy

September 2016
Review September 2017

Principles:

  • To treat all members of the school community with the utmost respect.
  • To create the best learning environment through teamwork and co-operation.
  • To value each and every member of the school community as unique and take every opportunity to recognise their achievements.
  • To manage unacceptable behaviour with consistency and through interaction with the child.

Aims:

Our aim is to help children to become self-disciplined and take responsibility for their own behaviour. We focus on positive and acceptable behaviour and the personal fulfilment that this gives to the individual. The development of social skills, strong Christian values and high self-esteem underpin this policy.

Therefore we provide:

  • A happy, safe, pleasant learning community.
  • Good adult and peer role models of caring, respectful and co-operative behaviour.
  • A learning environment which demands that each individual maximises their potential.
  • A system that recognises and rewards achievement and positive behaviour.
  • Acceptance by all adults in the school of a common responsibility for maintaining good  discipline and promoting this policy.
  • Class codes of conduct. Each class writes and then each pupil signs up to, a class code of conduct.
  • A set of Golden Rules that are consistently applied and understood by all adults and children in the school.

The Golden Rules are:-

We love and care for each other.

We look after property and God’s creation.

We are honest and always tell the truth.

We always try hard to do our best.

  • A clear system of sanctions consistently used throughout the school

Sanctions include:

  1. Verbal warnings.
  2. Sanctions deemed appropriate by the class teacher, including, for example, time out from playtime or golden time.
  3. In the event of an incident occurring that is unusual or of a more serious nature children can be taken to discuss it with the headteacher who then takes appropriate action.

The teacher will always spend time talking to the child/children involved to try to find any underlying reason for the inappropriate behaviour.

As a member of the school community pupils have a responsibility to make a positive contribution to the life of the school. In order to create a secure and positive learning environment for all, we expect the children at Valley End to adhere to the school’s Golden Rules (see above).

For example, we expect pupils to:-

  • Help teachers to make the classrooms pleasant, clean and tidy.
  • Help and care for each other.
  • To be honest and truthful when speaking to both adults and their peers.
  • Respect the buildings, grounds and resources.
  • Be polite and courteous to peers, members of staff and visitors to the school.
  • Be respectful towards others and the property of others.
  • Move in and around the school in an orderly and safe manner.
  • Be respectful of each other’s backgrounds and family life-not offending by word or deed.
  • Follow instructions from adults.
  • Follow agreed classroom codes of conduct.
  • Always put their best into their school work and daily lessons.

Implementation:

These principles apply both inside and outside school/classroom. Lunchtime supervisors have procedures on file for outside playtimes, and wet/indoor playtimes.

This policy is shared by all staff.

Reinforcement and Rewards:

We base our approach to behaviour management on a range of rewards, which are given regularly and publicly, as we believe that the encouragement of desirable behaviour is the most effective and positive means of behaviour modification.

We use praise effectively by:

  • Positive reinforcement of good behaviour.
  • ‘Catch pupils being good’.
  • Individual class reward systems.
  • Celebration assembly awards.

 

Exclusions

Valley End C of E (VC) Infant School is committed to providing the highest standards of education that offers equality of opportunity and is socially inclusive to all its pupils.

In recognising that there are certain instances where it may be necessary to exclude a pupil for either a fixed period of time or permanently, the school will follow the DfE Exclusion guidance found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/269681/Exclusion_from_maintained_schools__academies_and_pupil_referral_units.pdf  

A decision to exclude a pupil will only be taken by the Headteacher or, in his absence, the Assistant Headteacher

  • in response to serious breaches of a school’s behaviour policy and
  • if allowing the pupil to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others in the school.

The Headteacher (or Assistant Headteacher) will:

  • Consider all relevant facts and firm evidence to support allegations. If there are any doubts the pupil should not be excluded.
  • Allow the pupil to give their version of events
  • Check whether the child was provoked
  • If necessary consult others – being careful not to involve anyone who may later take part in the statutory review of the decision.

Exclusion will not be used for:

  • Minor incidents
  • Poor academic performance
  • Lateness or truancy
  • Breaching uniform policy
  • Punishing pupils for behaviour of parents

In most cases a range of alternative strategies to promote social inclusion e.g. a pastoral/behaviour support plan involving outside agencies, will have been tried and failed, before a pupil is excluded.

However, the implementation of the following policies aims to ensure all children are integrated into school successfully. The policies are:-

  • Behaviour Management
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Supporting Children with Medical Conditions
  • Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural
  • Physical Intervention
  • Special Educational Needs and disabilities
  • Single equalities

Policies that impact on behaviour and exclusion will be reviewed and updated regulary, by the relevant committees of the governing body and will reflect any changes to exclusion legislation.