Blacklow Brow Primary School Policy for School Behaviour and Discipline September 2011 Policy for School Behaviour and Discipline Blacklow Brow wishes to provide a school 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 in school and on visits. The Code of Conduct is agreed with the children at the beginning of each school year and referred to periodically throughout the year. All pupils are expected to behave according to the guidelines set out in the Code. Aims To develop a Behaviour Policy, supported and followed by the whole school community – parents, teachers, children and Governors – based on a sense of community and shared values. To foster a caring, family atmosphere, in which teaching and learning can take place in a safe and happy environment. Through the School Curriculum, to teach moral values and attitudes as well as knowledge and skills. (This will promote responsible behaviour, self- discipline, self-respect and respect for other people and property.) To reinforce good behaviour, by providing a range of rewards for children of all ages and abilities, rather than simply to punish bad behaviour. To make clear to children the distinction between minor misdemeanours and serious misbehaviour and the sanctions that will follow any misbehaviour. To resolve behavioural problems in a caring and sympathetic manner as they occur, in the expectation of achieving an improvement in behaviour. Code of Conduct All children at Blacklow Brow are expected to: Come to school on time and ready to learn Follow our positive Behaviour system as set out in the Home School Agreement Use good manners, be helpful and kind to all adults and children Work as hard as they can, listening to their teacher and others Take care of school property, their own and others’ belongings Keep the classrooms and school tidy This Code of Conduct has been formulated with the safety and well-being of the children in mind, and to enable the school to function efficiently as a place of learning. Rewarding Good Behaviour Daily: Teachers will award House Points and stickers for a variety of reasons; good behaviour, high standards of work, being helpful to staff and children. Weekly: Each Friday a ‘Star of the Week’ Assembly is held for Infant and Junior children. Teachers nominate up to 4 children per class to receive a ‘Star of the Week Pencil’. Children’s names are recorded in a special book with the reason for their nomination. As the Nursery and Reception children don’t come into whole school assemblies they have they own reward arrangements for good behaviour each week. Monthly: Teachers nominate 4 children per class to receive special Headteacher awards. These are progressive awards building up from Bronze to Silver to Gold. In addition, the Headteacher has Bronze, Silver and Gold Stars which are given to children who perform exceptionally in any area within school or in extra curricular activities. House Points: Blacklow Brow has 4 House Teams: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Each child from Y1 to Y6 is in a team and can be awarded House points for any number of reasons ranging from academic achievement to sporting performance. House points are collected at the end of each week and the winning team announced in assembly. Each Half-Term, the winning House Team is rewarded with an extra play time. Sanctions: There will be times when children behave unacceptably. Children need to discover where the bounds of acceptable behaviour lie, as this is a part of growing up. A Behaviour Policy should state these boundaries clearly and firmly. For children who choose not to respond to our positive behaviour approach, there will be a series of sanctions. Stage 1: First Verbal Warning Stage 2: Second Warning – name written on board or photo moved to cloud or red circle. Stage 3: Children sent to another class for a period of time Stage 4: Child sent to Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher / a member of SMT if necessary Stage 5: Letter sent home to parents detailing behaviour incidents / or informed verbally at the end of the school day. Parents invited to discuss behaviour. Child on Report Card for 5 days – report sent home for parents to sign on a daily basis. Report period can be extended if the class teacher and head deem this necessary. In extreme cases : short or long term exclusions are measures that could be considered. For stages 1-4 the process will start afresh every day. Stage 5 may extend over a week depending on the severity of the behaviour of the issue. Each case is treated individually. Generally, children are reminded that they are responsible for their own actions and that breaking rules has consequences. Lunchtime Supervision At lunchtime, supervision is by Midday Supervisors who remind children of the standard behaviour expected. Behaviour issues on the yard may result in a child/ children being given a ‘time out’ to calm down. Repeated minor problems will result in incidents being reported to the class teacher. The Supervisors keep note of any issues in the lunchtime book. The book is used as reference by class teachers, the Deputy and the Headteacher. The children should treat the Supervisors with the respect due to all adults at Blacklow Brow. Verbal or physical abuse is not tolerated. Serious misbehaviour or repeated disobedience at lunchtime is brought to the attention of the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher. This results in loss of privileges and breaktimes. Parents will be informed if there is no improvement in behaviour and the child will be excluded from the premises at lunchtime. This will be followed, if necessary, by permanent exclusion. Parents 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 with their child, emphasising that they support the rules. Attending Parents’ Meetings and Parents’ functions and by developing informal contacts with school helps to reinforce their support for the policy. Learning and teaching cannot take place without sound discipline and parents should recognise that staff will deal with behaviour problems patiently positively. Care and Control of Children Staff have a responsibility to provide interesting, challenging and well paced lessons that motivate and engage the interest of pupils. Staff should always promote good behaviour through praise and rewards. Staff should never chastise a child physically. If there is a need for sanctions, the following may be invoked, depending on circumstances: Sanctions as in the Home School Agreement and Code of Conduct Talk to the child – discuss what has happened Discussion in groups or whole class Move the child from the group to work on his/her own Repeat work Miss breaktime (but must be supervised) Remove child from the class – place with Headteacher or in another class Parental involvement Incident Book This is used to record: Any incidents involving a child, or anyone employed in school, resulting in personal injury or damage to property Loss, theft or damage to property Any other incidents or matters of a serious nature. These incidents are ones that might give rise to disciplinary or legal action or become a matter of public interest. Incident forms should be used to record all details and are available from the school office. The incident book should be kept securely in the school office to respect confidentiality. Behaviour Book This is used to record significant disciplinary measures taken by a member of staff against a child. Exclusion must always be recorded. This book is not for minor incidents in day-to-day classroom management but for serious occurrences of challenging behaviour. Challenging Behaviour Challenging behaviour can take the form of verbal abuse, physical abuse, assault, defiant refusal and absconding. Preventative Strategies See sanctions above. Intervention If a child attacks another child or violently and refuses to calm down, then physical restraint is necessary. The child is removed and taken to a member of the Senior Management Team, who contacts the child’s parents. An Incident Form is completed and the situation discussed with the Head Teacher or Deputy Head Teacher, who will work with the member of staff and parents to devise an action plan to meet that child’s and the school’s needs. This might include the involvement of other agencies – Social Services, Psychological Service, Pupil Service, etc.
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