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Arrangements for promoting good standards of behaviour

Expectations for standards of behaviour

The school’s code of conduct makes clear the standards of behaviour expected of its pupils:

                …for yourself, for others, for the school and for your belongings and the belongings of others;
                …in the work and play of the school, take part to the best of your ability and allow others to do so too;
Be fair…
                …in weighing your needs against the needs of others, take your turn and allow others their turn too; act responsibly in your use of the world’s resources.

Behaviour management strategies

The most effective strategies aim to promote positive behaviour. These are practised through direct teaching of behaviour standards, and rewarding and celebrating instances of positive behaviour. Living by the Code of Conduct is the assembly theme for the first week of every term. Opportunities to further explore this in class assemblies are regularly given. The Code is reinforced in many practical situations for example, the lunchtime supervisors give out ‘praise’ cards that highlight how a particular child has fulfilled the code in his or her behaviour. These cards are then celebrated in Friday assembly as examples of how the code helps us to live, work and play together as a school. Every child has a reward ladder with ten stamp spaces. Stamps are given for effort, achievement, attitudes and actions across all school activity. When full, the ladder is read out in Friday assembly and a smiley face badge awarded. This system is now being replaced by ClassDojo. This is an internet based application which allows teachers to award merits just like ladders but parents and carers receive notifications to their mobile devices so they can keep track of their child's successes and rewards as they happen. Each week an email reminds parents that a report can be downloaded for that week. Staff can also use ClassDojo to share reminders, essential messages and even photos when we are out and about on special days. Parents and carers can also leave messages for teachers or the headteacher.

Dealing with poor behaviour

The vast majority of incidents of poor behaviour are dealt with at the time of the incident. In most of these cases it is enough simply to draw attention to the problem and to emphasize the required behaviour. Communication cards are used by lunchtime and playtime supervisors to keep class teachers informed of any problems. Serious incidents of poor behaviour, for example, physical aggression, swearing or disrespect to adults, are noted in the Conduct Record Book. Most incidents are discussed by class teachers with parents and resolved swiftly. Where a child’s name is entered in the Conduct Record Book three times in any one term, parents are invited to meet with the headteacher to arrange further support for their child. This usually takes the form of a home-school book which records both positive and negative behaviour on a daily basis. Termly communication slips are sent home to stimulate conversations about behaviour at school. These form part of the school’s Anti-bullying Policy which serves to ensure that incidents of bullying are recognised and dealt with swiftly. A copy of the policy can be downloaded from the link below. The school operates a pastoral support system that shares information amongst staff about potentially vulnerable children and identifies any additional support required.