Policy for Order and Behaviour


This Behaviour Policy was written in compliance with section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

SHAWCLOUGH COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL

POLICY FOR ORDER AND BEHAVIOUR

Manager: Julia Sandiford-Mitchell

Reviewed:  February 2014
Approved by Governors: February 2014
Next Review: February 2017

INTRODUCTION

Everyone associated with school is rightly proud of the high standards of behaviour achieved by Shawclough's children. The comments of the many visitors to the school and those who meet the children out of school are invariably about the high standards of behaviour and the excellent attitude of the children. This was also observed by OFSTED

"The children’s behaviour in and out of classrooms was very good indeed. Pupils are a delight to talk to and are polite, welcoming and courteous. Most show strong good self-discipline and live up to the high expectations of their teachers.”

We believe this high standard is the result of the ethos of the school, which is based on trust, love, and respect. Undoubtedly, it is the relationships between the children and the adults in the school that make the difference as a result the children know they are loved and cared for.  We seek to develop and maintain the highest standards of order and behaviour but primarily the aim is for high quality self-discipline in the school.

"Good discipline is a partnership between teacher, parent and child. Children should be aware of the consequences of their actions and that what they do and don't do has affects upon others. It is the role of the teacher to provide a warm supportive task orientated learning environment." The Elton Report.

We believe that good behaviour stems from positive self-image and high self-esteem. This can be achieved by expecting, promoting and striving for a respectful, caring community, which helps to develop children who want to get along with one another.

THE AIMS OF THE POLICY

  • To identify the procedures related to the development of good order and behaviour in the school.
  • To ensure a consistent, age appropriate, approach throughout school.
  • To outline the way the school will manage the pupils’ behaviour effectively.
  • To help promote mutual respect amongst all those who are part of school.
  • To outline the facets of school life which contribute to the development of self-discipline.
  • To explain systems used to support individual’s behaviour.

RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOLS

Much of our behaviour policy is based on UNICEF’s Rights of the Child. All members of the school community have a right to work in a calm, supportive and purposeful atmosphere and their conduct should respect these rights.  Class Codes based upon Rights and Respect are written each year and signed by the whole class.  The codes are reinforced regularly. In addition, The Headteacher frequently reinforces the principles of Rights and Respect in assemblies.

LEARNING MENTOR AND THE THINC ROOM (THERAPUTIC INCLUSION)

The Learning Mentor has many roles in school. One of which is supporting children with a wide range of issues, some of which, are related to their behaviour. Our learning mentor is available to advise staff when dealing with particular behaviour. She also plans and implements support programmes using THINC principles. She also regularly supports parents and families.  She devises for, specific children, behaviour contracts with smart targets, which can be evaluated.

SCHOOL COUNSELLOR

We have a councillor who works in school for half a day each week supporting children who are experiencing emotional challenges.  Referrals to the councillor are made via the Head Teacher or Learning Mentor.

HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENTS

These are issued when children begin our school and child and parents are expected to understand the content and adhere to the agreement. Copies can be obtained from the website.

WORKING WITH PARENTS

Working in partnership with parents will enable us to devise joint solutions to concerns each individual circumstance will be different and will therefore be handled differently according to the needs of the individual.

THE REWARDS EDUCATION STAFF CAN USE

The most important reward that the school can offer the children is to show that individually they are loved and valued. Rewards can be very powerful tools for education staff to use. These include:

  • Caring verbal contact, verbal praise, and written remarks about good work, stickers and badges as well as sending children to the Unit Leader or the Head/Deputies for praise.
  • Unit based reward systems by which children can work as part of the unit team to earn rewards.
  • Notes home/ class toys sent home to share good news with parents
  • Special commendations can be given to children in recognition of outstanding work, behaviour, co-operation, support of others, etc. including sending the children to the Headteacher for special recognition.
  • Units Two, Three and Four reward children’s extra efforts with badges- unit, bronze, silver and gold these are presented in assemblies to which parents are invited.

SANCTIONS USED IN SCHOOL

In most cases a quiet word with a child resolves a problem. However further sanctions are sometimes needed these can be particularly effective if they are seen by the peer group and the offender to match the offence.   They need to be clear to all the children as well as implemented consistently. It is effective within the classroom and school-wide if sanctions are discussed in terms of the class codes and the principles of Rights and Responsibilities.

Sanctions used

  • Time out children are removed from the activity to a designated area within the classroom.
  • Referring the child to the Unit Leader to discuss the poor choices being made and the consequences.
  • Loss of privileges, which may include loss of a playtime.
  • Referring to head teacher discuss the situation if a child is sent to the head teacher on more than three occasions parents will be contacted and invited into school to discuss concerns.

GUIDANCE FOR DEALING WITH PARTICULAR CHALLENGING TYPES OF MISBEHAVIOUR

Any sort of physical violence against another person. (See No Fighting Contract below) This must be immediately reported to the Headteacher or Deputies.
Racist behaviour Report immediately to the Headteacher or Deputies.
Homophobic behaviour Report immediately to the Headteacher or Deputies.
The use of foul or abusive language Report immediately to the Headteacher or Deputies.

NO-FIGHTING CONTRACT

The school is explicit about the lack of tolerance of fighting or any form of physical violence. The issue is regularly discussed with the children and all agree that they do not want to be hurt.

Parents are expected to support the schools stance and are communicated with at the beginning of each academic year. Parents who cannot support the policy are asked to speak with the Headteacher so that the position can be clarified.

The procedure to be followed after an incident has been reported is as follows:

  1. The incident is referred to the Headteacher or Deputies who will investigate the allegations as soon as possible.
  2. The person investigating the incident must record the details on the appropriate form maintain in the blue file in the school office.
  3. Parents will be informed by letter when their child has been found to be the perpetrator of an incident and has used physical violence to assault another pupil of adult in the school.
  4. The child will be punished in a way appropriate to the misdemeanour.
  5. If the child is involved in three incidents the parents will be asked to come into the school to discuss the child’s behaviour.
  6. If the aggressive behaviour continues the result will be a fixed term exclusion from the school.

All incidents of fighting are logged and reported to Governors at the end of the year.

RECORD KEEPING

The school has a range of records to observe and monitor patterns of behaviour and use as evidence. They are:

Significant incident sheet maintained by the class teachers and passed on to Head teacher via the School Office.
Incident folders maintained by the Head teacher/Deputies
Racist incident log maintained by the Head teacher/Deputies

EXCLUSION PROCEDURES

Exclusions at Shawclough are extremely rare. Any Exclusion will follow the DFE Guidance and the Local Authority Policies and Procedures. Parents have the right to appeal.

MONITORING

This policy is monitored using the following strategies-

  • Parental questionnaires
  • Child questionnaires
  • Behaviour walks
  • Incident monitoring
  • Case studies

REVIEW OF THE POLICY

The policy will be reviewed as part of the monitoring process each year and any necessary adjustments to the policy statement will be made at that time. However each three years the policy will be reviewed as part of the process of review adopted by the school. The next review will take place in  2017.

SHAWCLOUGH COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL
 
INCIDENT REPORT
Please indicate by circling  (Fighting,   bullying,   defiance,  poor behaviour, swearing)
 
Reporter: _____________________________________       Date:___________________
 
Person who has completed this report_________________________________________
 
Adult who was involved in the incident_________________________________________
Time: (Circle)  before school            play           lunchtime         lesson               other …………………….
Context:
_______________________________________________________________________
VICTIMS         Name:_____________________________     Class:__________________
(if any)                      _____________________________               __________________
_______________________________________________________________________
BULLIES/        Name:_____________________________     Class:__________________
FIGHTERS                 _____________________________              __________________
(if any)                      _____________________________               __________________
_______________________________________________________________________
WITNESSES   Name:_____________________________     Class:__________________
(if any)                      _____________________________               __________________
_______________________________________________________________________
OUTLINE OF THE INCIDENT  (if swearing please record words used)

 

Is this agreed by all those involved                  Yes                               No
_______________________________________________________________________
*(Is this incident considered to be an incident of bullying?     Yes                  No
Outline of the reasons                                                                                                  )
_______________________________________________________________________
ACTION TAKEN
 
_______________________________________________________________________
PARENTS INFORMED          Yes      Letter   1    2    3       Date:                    No
Reasons
 
TEACHER/UNIT TEAM INFORMED                                       Yes                                No       
By whom                      

 

SHAWCLOUGH  COMMUNITY  PRIMARY SCHOOL

CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN RECORDED IN A REPORTABLE INCIDENT

Please record incident number, date and type of incident

Name Incident 1 2 3 4
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             

SHAWCLOUGH COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL

NO-FIGHTING AGREEMENT  :  INCIDENT REPORT

Reporter: _____________________________________       Date:___________________
 
Person who has completed this report_________________________________________
 
Time: (Circle)  before school            play                       lunchtime                     lesson               other
_______________________________________________________________________
VICTIMS         Name:_____________________________     Class:__________________
(if any)                      _____________________________               __________________
_______________________________________________________________________
FIGHTERS       Name:_____________________________     Class:__________________
                                 _____________________________               __________________

_____________________________            __________________
_______________________________________________________________________
WITNESSES   Name:_____________________________     Class:__________________
(if any)                      _____________________________               __________________
_______________________________________________________________________
OUTLINE OF THE INCIDENT (including where it happened)

Is this agreed by all those involved                  Yes                               No
_______________________________________________________________________
ACTION TAKEN
 
 
 
_______________________________________________________________________
PARENTS INFORMED         Yes      Letter   1    2    3       Date:                    No
Reasons
 
TEACHER INFORMED                                       Yes                              No                               
 
 
 
SHAWCLOUGH COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Report number

SWEARING INCIDENT RECORD SHEET
 
Reporter                                                                                                           date
 
 
Time (circle)                  before school   playtime           lunchtime         lesson               other
 
Names of all involved
 
 
 
 
 
 
Context
 
 
Detail of the incident   (Agreed by all involved  YES   NO  )
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Words used
 
 
 
 
 
Action taken against the perpetrator  (Parents informed   YES    NO   )