A Policy for Behavioural Management
At Prenton Primary School we would like children to
“…learn how to communicate their feelings, set themselves goals and work towards them, interact successfully with others, resolve conflicts peaceably, control their anger and negotiate their way through the many complex relationships in their lives today and tomorrow”.
Adapted from Reva Klein, Defying Disaffection
The Elton Report (P.99) also states:
“We consider the best way to encourage good standards of behaviour in school is a clear code of conduct backed by a balanced combination of rewards and sanctions within a positive community atmosphere. Establishing a whole school behaviour policy is an important step in that direction.
A calm, orderly environment is essential if children are to learn most effectively. It is the responsibility of the school to provide that environment in order that children and teachers can make the most use of teaching and learning time for the real purpose of education. This document aims to provide the framework to enable an orderly environment to prevail and to allow members of the school community to concentrate on its core purpose.
It also recognises that within a climate of inclusion there will be children who need a personalised approach to their specific behavioural needs. In some cases this will mean that the sanctions, stages and rewards are not the most appropriate means of dealing with their behaviour and other programmes of intervention and support may be used in conjunction with external agencies.
Respects the rights of others
Act in ways which do not infringe those rights
Good behaviour is developed within school when everyone:
Respects the rights of others
Acts in ways which do not infringe those rights
At Prenton Primary School we believe that everyone has the right to:
To make a mistake
To be wrong
To have an opinion
To have privacy and to be alone
To be independent
We aim to work together to create a happy caring community where each child feels contented and secure. We aim to provide support, advice and encouragement to members of the school community, so that there is a common sense of purpose and achievement and a sense of fulfilment.
It is important to present a firm, consistent, positive and supportive approach in relationships with others and to emphasise positive aspects of learning in a structured and consistent way.
We need to develop co-operation and caring for others by children working in groups of different sizes, abilities, ages and gender make up.
We need to foster positive parental attitudes towards school by involving parents in their children’s learning and behaviour.
It is important to develop the knowledge and understanding of a variety of classroom management techniques so that an atmosphere is created in which children learn to flourish and succeed by taking responsibility for their own behaviour.
How is this achieved?
We need to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment with the maintenance, encouragement and promotion of good behaviour wherever possible.
To develop, through discussion with the children a code of conduct for the school of which they would like to be a part.
The establishment and shared understanding of class and school rules
A rewards system to which all children have access.
Sanctions that are consistently and fairly applied, taking into account individual differences.
Opportunities for all members of the school community to be involved in making decisions and for children to be encouragedto take responsibilities for their actions.
Providing a supportive environment where there is always someone who will listen and where there are opportunities for children to make amends and redeem themselves.
The involvement of parents at an early stage.
A readiness to be flexible and look for a variety of strategies in those cases where children cannot conform to the normally expected patterns of behaviour.
The use of a multi-agency approach wherever appropriate.
Promoting good behaviour
It is important that we try to remain as positive as possible at all times. We have a supportive school with a caring ethos and we need to maximise this in the way in which we manage behaviour.
It is important that we try to identify what happened to cause the “behaviour” , that we assess the behaviour and the consequences of it.
Maintaining positive behaviour
It is important to use punishments sparingly, but to be consistent, firm and fair in our approach.
Ensure that all children know the rules. Explain what is acceptable if a child has been reprimanded. Maintain eye contact.
In Prenton Primary School we try to praise good social behaviour as well as good work.
It is important to remember that generally children want to please. They thrive on praise, not censure and we always try to develop in school a positive approach towards dealing with children.
There is usually an underlying problem if individual children are not behaving in an acceptable manner. It is up to us, as the adults in the community, to discover what that problem is and to help the child to develop strategies for dealing with it.
How we work with children now can have an effect on how they approach school life and relationships in the future.
Never underestimate the role of a teacher in the life of a child.
Rewards and Sanctions
Within our full behaviour policy we have a section on rewards and sanctions. Here we have outlined all the rewards we use when children are behaving appropriately from praise and encouragement, stickers and headteacher’s awards to merit certificates and special merit letters home. We have also aimed for a consistent approach towards sanctions from a quiet reprimand to more serious interventions.
If a child is not behaving in an acceptable manner we will involve the parents/ carers at an early stage.
If parents/carers have any concerns they are encouraged to raise issues with the class teacher in the first instance as class teachers will usually have more information about any incidents that may happen.
Remember we are always looking for a solution!
Within school Exclusion is always used as a last resort.
Corporal punishment is not a sanction within this Authority and will never be resorted to in any form.
The behaviour in a school is influenced by almost every
aspect of the way in which the school is run and how it relates to the community, which it serves. It is a combination of all these factors which give a school its character and identity.
Our aim must be to create a school community in which pupils do not begin to consider behaving in any other way than the one prescribed in our code of conduct.
AT PRENTON PRIMARY SCHOOL:
WE ARE ALWAYS POLITE TO EVERYONE
WE TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER
WE FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS IN WORK AND PLAY
WE TREAT EVERYONE AND THEIR
POSSESSIONS WITH RESPECT
WE ARE HONEST AND OPEN
Parents and Carers
The vast majority of our Parents and Carers are very supportive of school and what we are trying to achieve. They know that we are trying to help their child to achieve their potential and to be happy and safe.
However, teachers and other staff in school have the right to work in a safe environment and to be protected from intimidating and /or violent behaviour from both children or parents and carers.
Aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.
Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.