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									                              Ryarsh Primary School
                                Behaviour Policy
Purpose

This policy defines our expectations for good behaviour. It details the rewards and sanctions used to
promote good behaviour.


Responsibilities

The responsibility for ensuring good behaviour lies with the Headteacher, Key Stage Leaders, all
teaching staff, support staff, pupils, parents and governors.


Related Documents

      Vision Statement
      Code of Conduct
      Effective Teaching Statement
      Policy for supply
      Policy for marking
      Anti-bullying policy
      Kent / DCSF Guidelines on Exclusion
      Expectations of behaviour at Ryarsh Primary School – A Handbook for Parents


Rationale

At Ryarsh Primary School we believe that the promotion of good behaviour, the development of self-
respect and of respect for others is a vital part of a child’s education. We want to encourage a
positive social environment where children and adults receive positive feedback through praise and
reward. We aim to encourage pupils to value themselves and others by respecting rights and
tolerating difference. We firmly believe that:

      Children have the right to attend a school in which learning takes place without disruption from
       other pupils.

      Teachers have the right to teach.

      We should always address unacceptable behaviours.

We expect everyone to adhere to the Code of Conduct:

The Code of Conduct

We are kind to each other
We are polite to each other
We are helpful
We look after property
We are honest
We always try our hardest
We are good listeners

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Principles

We believe that praise, positive actions and rewards best promote good behaviour. A consistent and
fair approach is essential. Mutual respect is fostered between staff and pupils, and children. It is
expected that children’s behaviour and adults’ responses will be consistent at all times of the day
(whether structured or unstructured).


Through daily contact, circle times and assemblies the children are:

       encouraged to ensure their behaviour is such that the ethos and Code of Conduct of the
        school are upheld.

       encouraged to think about their own behaviour and the effect it has on others.

       given strategies for coping with inappropriate behaviour such as reporting incidents or worries
        to an adult.

A child with a particular behaviour management need is supported and monitored by the Class
Teacher, Key Stage Leader(s), Inclusion Manager and Support Assistants. In many cases an
individual behaviour plan will be designed to meet the needs of the child and will be agreed in
consultation with parents and the child concerned. The plan will be reviewed on a regular basis.


Organisation

Positive methods for promoting good behaviour should be used considerably more than negative
ones. (See Appendix for rewards and sanctions to be used). Classes will establish ‘Class Rules’ at
the start of each academic year, and class teachers will refer to these as appropriate through the
year.


Break times and Lunchtimes

Expectations for good behaviour will be maintained during break times and lunchtimes (See Appendix
A for rewards and sanctions). In order to achieve this, Lunchtime Supervisors will receive training in
the principles of assertive behaviour management and support from the Headteacher, Key Stage
Leaders and teaching staff as required.

Additional acceptable sanctions for break times and lunchtimes:

   1.   verbal warning to include reminder of expectations
   2.   withdrawal from game
   3.   verbal or written apology where necessary
   4.   isolation or ‘time out’
   5.   removal from playground – brought to Class Teacher /Key Stage Leader / Headteacher

If problems with individuals persist, Lunchtime Supervisors will record names and incidents using a
‘lunchtime incident form’ and the Headteacher will be informed. Parents of children who are
repeatedly recorded using these forms will be contacted to discuss their child’s behaviour.
Particularly good behaviour will also be recorded and reported. Lunchtime Supervisors will be able to
award Behaviour Awards where behaviour is seen to be outstanding.

In exceptional circumstances, staff should consult with the Headteacher or Key Stage Leaders as to
other sanctions to apply.

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Breakfast and After School Clubs

The school’s high expectations for behaviour will be applied consistently through all parts of the day,
including while children are at breakfast club and after school clubs. In order to achieve this, breakfast
and after school club leaders and supervisors will receive training from the school in the principles of
assertive behaviour management. Support in managing behaviour effectively will be provided by the
class teachers, key stage leaders and the Headteacher.

Additional acceptable sanctions for breakfast and after school clubs:

   1.   verbal warning to include reminder of expectations
   2.   withdrawal from game/activity
   3.   verbal (or written) apology where necessary
   4.   isolation or ‘time out’

If problems with individuals persist, Club Leaders and Supervisors will record names and incidents
using a ‘behaviour incident form’ and the Headteacher or relevant classteacher will be informed.
Parents of children who are repeatedly recorded using these forms will be contacted to discuss their
child’s behaviour. Pupils who persistently offend will be excluded from breakfast and after school
clubs.

Pupils attending breakfast and after school clubs may be rewarded according to the agreed school’s
rewards system. A ‘breakfast club star of the week’ will be awarded each week and celebrated in
celebration assembly.

Exclusions

In exceptional circumstances the Headteacher will use exclusion as one of the strategies available to
the school for managing the behaviour of its pupils. Exclusion is used as a way of giving a clear
message to the pupil involved and the whole school community that certain types of behaviour are
unacceptable. In deciding to exclude a pupil the Headteacher will follow Kent/DCSF Guidelines for
fixed period and permanent exclusions.


Physical Restraint

When pupil behaviour presents a serious danger of causing significant danger to themselves, to
others, or to property, or there is a major threat to good order the pupil may be restrained or physically
removed in accordance with Kent/DCSF Guidelines for physical restraint.

Training in these guidelines will be provided to all staff (including those providing breakfast and after
school clubs) on appointment.


The Role of Parents

Managing behaviour in school is more likely to be effective if schools can work with parents as
genuine partners in the education process. Parents will be informed about school procedures for
acknowledging appropriate behaviour and sanctioning inappropriate behaviour via the school
prospectus when their child starts school. The booklet ‘Expectations of behaviour at Ryarsh Primary
School – A Handbook for Parents’ (see appendix 1) clearly defines the principles which underpin the
school’s behaviour policy. Parents are encouraged to approach their child’s class teacher then the
Headteacher at any time if they are concerned about social difficulties or behavioural issues. The
School will inform parents of incidents as they occur.


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          Policy adopted by Governing Body                Spring term 2011


          To be reviewed                                  Spring term 2014


          Signed by Head Teacher


          Signed by Chair of Governors




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                                                                                        APPENDIX 1




Rewards for good behaviour or work

        Praise
        Stickers
        House Points (Class 2→)
        Certificates of achievement
        Star of the Week (Day in Class1)
        Show work to another teacher
        Show work to Key Stage Leader / Headteacher
        Headteacher’s Award (for excellent work)
        Behaviour Award (for exceptional behaviour)
        Ryarsh Award for Excellence (awarded termly)


Sanctions for unacceptable behaviour (KS1)

    1. Warning
    2. Name on ‘think cloud’ (sad face Class 1)
    3. Short isolation in class
    4. Isolation in class for rest of session
    5. 1 session isolation in Key Stage Leader’s class.
       (Children should be sent with a note explaining the rules broken, providing an opportunity to
       reflect and change the child’s chosen behaviour. If the Key Stage Leader is not available then
       the child will go to another member of the SIT.)
    6. Final consequence – sent to Headteacher


Sanctions for unacceptable behaviour (KS2)

    1.Warning
    2.Name on board
    3.Short isolation in class plus 5 minutes from break time (X)
    4.Isolation in class for rest of session plus 10 minutes from break time(XX)
    5.1 session isolation in Key Stage Leader’s class plus 10 minutes from break time (XXX)
      Children should be sent with a note explaining the rules broken, providing an opportunity to
      reflect and change the child’s chosen behaviour. If the Key Stage Leader is not available then
      the child will go to another member of the SIT.
   5. Final consequence – sent to Headteacher (XXXX)




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Response to final consequence by Headteacher

       Child to explain reason for being sent
       Child to have time out of class with work supervised by Headteacher
       Incident recorded in the School Behaviour Book and parents contacted / letter sent home


Severe misconduct (sent straight to Headteacher)

       Causing deliberate physical injury to another person
       Using serious threatening behaviour
       Total refusal to follow instructions and do what is asked
       Swearing at a member of staff
       Theft or deliberate damage to property


Response to severe misconduct to be taken by Headteacher

   1.   Child to explain reasons for actions. Write letter of apology if appropriate
   2.   Child to have time out of class supervised by Headteacher
   3.   Incident recorded in the School Behaviour Book
   4.   Parents informed. If appropriate, parents contacted to collect child.


School Behaviour Book

First entry
     Name and nature of incident recorded in presence of child.

Second entry
    As above

Third entry
    Parents / carers informed that child has been recorded in the School Behaviour Book on 3
       occasions and the nature of the incidents.
    Letter may be sent home, with a copy of the school Code of Conduct for discussion with the
       child, or an interview may be held with parents / carers to discuss the appropriate course of
       action that may result in exclusion

NOTE:
   Depending on the severity of the incident and the discretion of the Headteacher,
      parents/carers may be contacted immediately
   The Headteacher may choose to consider exclusion without going through the 3 stages,
      depending on the severity of the incident
   Each half-term is a fresh start
   Once a child receives exclusion, a fresh start is made in the School Behaviour Book




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Lunchtime Behaviour Incidents

Minor incidents

Lunchtime Supervisors will deal with minor incidents using the following sanctions:

   1.   Verbal warning to include a reminder of expectations
   2.   Withdrawal from game / group or move to a different table if in the hall
   3.   Time out (this would mean being sat in the library to eat lunch)
   4.   Referral to Headteacher. Incident recorded using ‘lunchtime incident form’.


Major incidents

   1. The child is referred to the Headteacher who will decide on the appropriate course of action.
      Most referrals will result in losing lunchtime play.
   2. Each referral to be recorded using a Lunchtime Behaviour Incident Form, which will be handed
      to the Headteacher.
   3. For children repeatedly recorded for lunchtime behaviour, parents will be informed and
      arrangements will be made to discuss the appropriate course of action.

NOTE:
   Depending on the severity of the incident and upon the discretion of the Headteacher, parents
      may be informed before the third entry.
   In some cases parents will be asked to make alternative lunchtime arrangements for the child.
   Each half-term is a fresh start.


Assemblies

Assemblies are a ‘special’ time of the day. They are an opportunity for us to gather as a whole
school, celebrate success and reflect on important issues. As such the highest standard of behaviour
will be expected at all times. Classes must line up in silence in the classroom before walking in
silence to the hall. Children talking in assembly will be moved and spoken to about their behaviour.
Repeat offenders will lose their break time.


Loss of break time/lunchtime

In addition to the above listed ‘Sanctions for unacceptable behaviour’ staff may use the removal of
break time/lunchtime as appropriate. This is particularly useful as a sanction if ‘class time’ has been
wasted by a child, as this time can be taken back from the child’s own time. This should be clearly
explained to the child concerned.


House Points

Each child belongs to a ‘house’ and is awarded house points for effort, achievement and behaviour.
These are tallied in class and collated every week. The Captain of the ‘house’ with greatest number
of points at the end of each week stands up to be praised in Celebration assembly.
House Points can be awarded by any teacher or support staff member for general positive behaviour
management and praise, good effort in work, co-operation, kindness, sitting ready to work/listen when
majority are not. Children will be placed in the same house as any siblings. All staff members are
assigned to a house. House Points are recorded against the names of the children in each class
each week.

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Star of the Week (Day in Class 1)

A special award is made to the child in each class who has ‘stood out’ with some excellent work or
behaviour during the week. These ‘Star of the Week’ certificates are awarded in class at the end of
Friday.


Headteacher’s Award

A child who produces a particularly impressive piece of work, or shows an excellent attitude to their
work will be sent to the Headteacher to receive a Headteacher’s Award sticker. Their name and work
are recorded in the Headteacher’s Award file. All Headteacher’s award winners are commended in
Celebration Assembly on Friday.


Behaviour Award

A child who demonstrates particularly impressive behaviour will be sent to their Key Stage Leader to
receive a Behaviour Award sticker. Their name and work are recorded in the Behaviour Award file.
All Behaviour award winners are commended in Celebration Assembly on Friday.


The Ryarsh Award for Excellence

Each term (6 per year) each class teacher will select one child from their class to receive this award.
In the final Celebration Assembly of the term, the recipients of these awards will be announced and
be presented with a certificate and a written description of the reasons why this award has been
made. Photographs of the Ryarsh Award winners and their certificates will be displayed in the
entrance to the school for all visitors to see. Pupils may only be presented with the Ryarsh Award for
Excellence once in any year.




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      Reminder
      Name on sad face/think
       cloud
      Short isolation in class
      Isolation in class for rest
       of session
      1 session isolation in Key
       Stage Leader’s class
      Sent to Headteacher.
       Telephone call or letter
       home
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      Reminder
      Name on the board
      Short isolation in class and 5
       minutes loss of break(X)
      Isolation in class for rest of
       session and 10 minutes loss
       of break (XX)
      1 session isolation in Key
       Stage Leader’s class and 10
       minutes loss of break (XXX)
      Sent to Headteacher.
        Telephone call or letter
        home (XXXX)
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    Praise
    House Points
    Stickers
    Certificates of Achievement
    Star of the Week/Day
    Show work to another teacher
    Show work to Headteacher/
     Key Stage Leader
    Headteacher’s Award for
     excellent work
    Behaviour Award for
     exemplary behaviour
    Ryarsh Award for Excellence
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