Our Behaviour for Learning Policy is based on our school Christian vision and values.
‘Fulfilling God-given potential’ is the driving force for all members of our school community,
Our intent is to ensure that everyone enjoys their time in school, where a consistent framework for behaviour for learning is adopted and understood by all adults and children. The main objectives for this behaviour framework are:
- To ensure a happy, calm and safe environment for everyone and a detailed understanding of the school’s Christian vision and values.
- To encourage positive attitudes towards learning, relationship building and understanding of ourselves as people who are growing, learning, facing challenges and achieving.
- To provide a caring, supportive and stable environment where children work cooperatively.
- To ensure that all adults and children in our school are respected and respect others, their cultures, their differences and their opinions.
- To create and maintain a community rooted in our distinctly Christian values of kindness, respect, responsibility and honesty which enable all pupils to display exemplary moral values and principles.
- To give all children the emotional literacy needed to regulate their feelings, energy and sensory needs by following the principles of Zones of Regulation*.
- To make sure that our children have the courage to take responsibility for their own actions and are able to verbalise their feelings about these, in order to make the right choices.
- To ensure that parents are part of our commitment to excellent behaviour for learning and that they understand how they can support their children at home.
- To engage the whole school community in providing a powerful learning environment, rich in creativity, where we celebrate the efforts of all.
As a community we strive to provide:
- Consistent, calm adult behaviour.
- First attention to best behaviour for learning.
- Routines are clear, repetitive and consistent across the school.
- Scripting based on emotion coaching is in place for difficult interventions.
- Restorative approaches are in place to follow up incidents.
Each of the four school rules will relate to one of the 4 school values: respect, honesty, kindness and responsibility
Be a responsible member of the school community.
Be kind and helpful to everyone.
Be honest and truthful.
Be respectful to everyone and yourself.
Strategies to promote positive behaviour around the school
- Walk Tall! – everyone must walk around school, where possible on the left. Shoulders back, eyes front and arms down as this shows respect for our school environment and each other.
- Say hello! – everyone will greet and be respectful to others whilst walking around the school or outside.
- Kind Hands, Kind Feet, Kind Words – everyone will model kind words and actions towards others.
- THINK – Is it true?, Is it helpful?, Is it Inspiring?, Is it necessary?, Is it kind?
Celebrating and Supporting behaviour for Learning.
We have a number of ways that we can celebrate and support children’s behaviour for learning.
- Recognition boards in classrooms
- Verbal praise
- The giving of responsibility
- Written comment in book
- Learning on display or shared with other teachers/pupils
- Dojo points
- Table points or a similar system that promotes team work
- Green Cards (10 dojo points = green card)
- Bronze (20 green cards), Silver (40 green cards) and Gold (60 green cards) awards.
- Celebration Worship once a week during which pupils are praised for how well they have embodied the school vision and values.
- A Headteacher’s Award for a truly stunning piece of work or for when a pupil demonstrates exemplary understanding of the school’s vision and values.
- Note home/ personal Dojo message home.
Supporting negative behaviour for learning
We know that all children struggle at times and it is our role to remain positive, clear and consistent when dealing with negative behaviours.
Remind the child of the rule/s briefly and what you expect them to be doing/ how they should be behaving.
Warning and make the child aware of their behaviour and outline the consequences.
“Think about your next choice, I know you can make the right one.”
- Last chance
Give them a final opportunity to engage, offer a positive choice and refer to previous examples of good behaviour. Use the script below to support this.
“I can see that you are [angry, upset, frustrated etc]. It’s OK to be [angry etc] but it’s not OK to …
It was the rule about [Being Responsible, Being Kind, Being Honest, Being Respectful] that you broke. Do you remember last week/ yesterday when you [name something positive].
That’s who I want to see today and I know that you can do it.”
- Calm Down
If a child needs a chance to calm down before they can complete their time out, then a calming down strategy is used first. eg
- Each class has a calm box that can be used for a timed period.
- A child may be taken for a walk
- A child may be given a job
These are designed to calm the child within a timed period so they can complete their time out.
- Time out
Make sure all the children know where the time out space is. This will be a space that enables the child to calm down, reflect, breathe and compose themselves.
This will be an age-appropriate chat at the end of the session or something more formal if a serious behaviour incident has occurred.
Please click on the link for our Our Behaviour Policy – presentation to parents
We always work as closely as possible with the parents of any child experiencing behaviour difficulties. Where required, we personalise our rewards and consequence systems to meet the needs of individual pupils and enable them to succeed. We strive to ensure that our children are excited and immersed in their learning, this in itself reduces behaviour issues in class and around the school.
Please click on the link below to read our Governing Body’s Behaviour Principles Statement