"Code of Conduct"
Maisondieu Primary School Positive Behaviour Policy Rationale At Maisondieu Primary School we adopt a proactive approach to positive behaviour by encouraging all children to take ownership of their behaviour. We recognise that positive discipline helps to build high levels of motivation, self-esteem and a sense of achievement. We have involved staff, pupils and members of our school community in compiling rules, rewards and sanctions to be applied throughout the school to ensure a consistency of approach to discipline. Maisondieu Primary School emphasises that if a child is misbehaving then he or she is choosing to disregard the school rules; this results in the relevant consequence being imposed; however, teachers should take underlying issues relevant to specific pupils into account before applying consequences. NB For the purpose of this policy a consequence is a sanction attached to a breach of the school or class rules. All our rewards and sanctions are progressive and are dealt with clearly and consistently at all times. These will be reviewed on an annual basis. Aims of the Policy to develop a consistent approach to promoting positive pupil behaviour across the school to encourage pupils to develop their independence through becoming responsible for their own behaviour, achieving self- discipline and self-control to enhance pupils’ self-esteem and encourage self-respect and respect for others to give all pupils the opportunity to have their good behaviour recognised and rewarded at home and school to work in partnership with carers/parents to resolve discipline matters 03/11/2012 1 School Rules To support the rights of all in our school community, a set of rules has been agreed by pupils and staff. These are to be updated annually and displayed around school. They are also detailed in the Homework/Behaviour Diary in addition to the School Handbook. Rules 1. Be careful and safe at all times. 2. Be polite and remember your manners. 3. Be eco-friendly and follow the Eco-Code. 4. Be a good listener and work as hard as you can. 5. Be thoughtful and treat others as you would like to be treated. Class Rules Class teachers from Nursery to Primary Seven will agree class rules with their pupils at the beginning of each session. These should be positive and manageable in number. These will be displayed and referred to regularly. The School Rules will form the basis for the formulation of Class Rules. Rewards The intention of this policy is to encourage pupils to exhibit positive behaviour. This is reinforced through a system of praise and reward. The following strategies are used throughout the school: adults praise and congratulate children adults give stickers, certificates, table points, stamps or stars adults give house points which count towards the ‘Well Done’ trophy presented to the house with most points at the end of session 03/11/2012 2 lunch time staff select a “Table of the Week” to acknowledge good behaviour and manners in the dining hall. The winning table is rewarded with lunch at a special table set up in the dining room children have weekly Golden Time Golden Time All classes P1-P7 operate a weekly ‘Golden Time’ system where pupils can take part in Golden Clubs. Each club will generally be of fifty minutes duration on a Friday. Each child is given this opportunity if he or she behaves appropriately all week. Good Behaviour Record/Homework Diary A reward system has been agreed for all pupils to work towards. Children will have their own ‘Good Behaviour Record/Homework Diary’ which will be stamped daily and brought home daily to share with parents/carers thus giving parents regular feedback on their child’s behaviour and an opportunity to identify any difficulties at an early stage. Green card 1 daily stamp in the behaviour record/homework diary 10 stamps Teacher Award in behaviour record 30 stamps DHT Award 65 stamps Bronze Award (sticker in Behaviour Record) 120 stamps Silver Award (sticker in Behaviour Record) 160 stamps Gold Award (sticker in Behaviour Record) Head Teacher’s Award This award is presented to children who satisfy the agreed criteria. Sanctions To ensure that the aims and values of our school community are upheld, the following series of sanctions will be consistently applied: These are based on a ‘football card’ system with each child beginning each day on green. The sanctions operate as follows: 03/11/2012 3 Sanction Action/Consequence 1. friendly warning(s) 2. verbal warning – loss of green No daily stamp in the behaviour card book. The reason for the absence of the stamp will be recorded in the behaviour book by the staff member concerned. This will also be noted in the class behaviour log. 3. green card changed to yellow No daily stamp in the behaviour – lose 5 house points book. The reason for the card being given will be recorded in the behaviour book by the staff member concerned. This will also be noted in the class behaviour log. Five house points deducted. 4. yellow card changed to red No stamp in the behaviour book. - lose 10 house points The reason for the card being given will be recorded in the behaviour book by the staff member concerned. No Golden Time Ten house points deducted. 2 yellow cards in ONE week No Golden Time Golden Time lost on two occasions Referral to PT, DHT and letter in a term sent home If a red card or two yellow cards have been given, children are to be sent to management and an opportunity given to discuss their actions and reflect on the correct course of behaviour. House Captains will also speak with these children. Should the House Captains require to speak with a pupil on more than three separate occasions then the child will be removed from the House until there is a significant improvement in behaviour. 03/11/2012 4 PT/DHT Referrals All serious concerns/incidents to be referred to the appropriate department head using the appropriate proforma (Appendix 1) Nursery – P4 Mrs Galloway P4/5 – P7 Mrs Keles 1st referral- letter to parents (Appendix 2) 2nd referral – further meeting arranged with parents to discuss concerns(Appendix 3) Serious incidents include: refusal to follow staff instructions persistent disruptive behaviour inappropriate language/gestures/verbal abuse physical violence persistent low-level disruption where pupils do not respond to classroom sanctions HT Referrals Any child who has been referred on two occasions to Mrs Galloway or Mrs Keles for a combination of classroom/ playground incidents will be automatically referred to the Head teacher. 1st referral severe warning and letter to parents (Appendix 4) 2nd HT referral meeting with parents and pupil placed on daily behaviour report from Head Teacher (Appendix 5) Severe Clause While pupils are given ownership of making rules and consequences, a severe clause will also operate where any pupil committing a serious offence will be sent straight to a member of the Management Team. The following definitions apply to a serious incident where the pupil should be reported directly to a member of the management team: an intended injury has been caused to another pupil or member of staff foul language has been used towards another pupil or a member of staff 03/11/2012 5 any alleged bullying incident has been reported any alleged racist incident has been reported a pupil has been defiant a pupil is causing severe disruption to a class/group a pupil is putting himself/herself or others in danger a pupil leaves the school grounds without permission a pupil has been reported for defacing/damaging property a pupil has been involved in a spitting incident theft persistent lying The ultimate sanction at our disposal is exclusion (Appendix 6) and this is not used lightly. Parents will be notified of the length of the exclusion and the reason for it as outlined in authority procedures. A meeting will be arranged with the Head Teacher for the readmission of the pupil. Agreed conditions for the return to school will be discussed. Playground Guidance for Primary School Assistants and Support Staff Primary school assistants and support staff should refer to the sanctions code and may award a yellow card. Should primary school assistants, or support staff deem it appropriate to issue a red card, they should consult with either the appropriate department head or Head Teacher. The primary school assistant/support staff member is responsible for alerting the class teacher in the event of a card being issued. Roles and Responsibilities By actively promoting and encouraging positive behaviour and relationships, it is intended to engender a positive environment in which the aims of this policy can be achieved. For the policy to be well maintained the following conditions will apply: 03/11/2012 6 The class teacher and other adults in school will: set a good example to children in the way that they treat others and actively model appropriate behaviour and conduct promote pupils’ self-esteem through their interactions with them provide opportunities for personal growth and development through pupil leadership e.g. librarians, PALS, buddy system. have high expectations of the children in terms of behaviour and strive to ensure that all children work to the best of their ability foster the aims and values of this positive behaviour policy through the curriculum by using Circle Time sessions and Co-operative Learning methodology to develop positive self-esteem, emotional intelligence, friendship skills, co-operation and collaboration treat each child fairly and enforce the school and classroom rules consistently build a supportive dialogue between home and school, and inform parents immediately if there are serious concerns about their child’s welfare or behaviour Children will: be involved with setting the new class rules each year review school rules each year follow the rules made act as good role models to each other and remind each other of school and class rules Parents will: work with the school, so that their child receives a consistent message about how to behave at school and at home read the school rules contained in the School Handbook and Homework/Behaviour Diary and support them 03/11/2012 7 support the actions of the school where it has had to use reasonable sanctions to uphold behaviour and discipline If parents have any concerns they should initially contact the class teacher in writing. If the concern remains, they should contact the Head Teacher. If these discussions do not resolve the matter informally, parents may use the Authority’s formal complaints procedure. The Head Teacher will: be responsible for implementing the school positive discipline policy consistently throughout the school be responsible for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all children in the school support the staff in the implementation of the positive discipline policy record all reported serious incidents of misbehaviour be responsible for excluding pupils Staff will ensure: they use a variety of appropriate and stimulating learning methodologies and take cognisance of different learning styles to stimulate and motivate pupils all class work is planned and presented, identifying learning intentions and success criteria so that pupils understand exactly what is required of them pupils are aware that their work is valued by teachers and peers. Classroom Teachers will: consistently use the school/class reward system, rules and consequences in the classroom on a daily basis be prompt at bringing in the lines after the bell 03/11/2012 8 ensure lines are calm and well ordered before and during entry at all times Playground Primary School Assistants and Support Staff will ensure activities are provided to encourage positive social interaction (PALS, Peer Mediation, Peace Patrol, Buddy System) pupils are supervised at all times lines are monitored until the class teacher arrives persistent playground indiscipline is reported in the first instance to class teachers who may refer it to the department head, or head teacher should they deem it necessary Corridors and Stairs The Head Teacher and Depute Head Teacher will monitor appropriate staircases at the end of the day to ensure lines are orderly whilst exiting the building Pupils will: treat others in the playground with respect and tolerance form class lines immediately after the bell rings Monitoring and Evaluation This policy will be monitored by the Staff and members of the Management Team through: feedback from staff, pupils and parents monitoring of referral records individual and class pupil behaviour records attitude and behaviour of pupils 03/11/2012 9 Appendices Appendix 1 Referral Proforma Appendix 2 Initial Contact: PT/DHT Involvement Appendix 3 Second Contact: PT/DHT Involvement Appendix 4 Third Contact: HT Involvement Appendix 5 Fourth Contact: HT Behaviour Log – threat of temporary exclusion Appendix 6 Letter of Exclusion Signed by HT 03/11/2012 10