Behaviour and Rewards

The Principles

The Governing Body believes that in order to enable effective teaching and learning to take place, good behaviour in all aspects of school life is necessary.  It seeks to create a caring and learning environment in the school by:

  • Promoting good behaviour and discipline.
  • Promoting self-esteem, self-discipline, proper regard for authority and positive relationships based on mutual respect.
  • Ensuring fairness of treatment for all.
  • Encouraging consistency of response to both positive and negative behaviour.
  • Promoting early intervention.
  • Providing a safe environment free from disruption, violence, bullying and any form of harassment.
  • Encouraging a positive relationship with parents and carers to develop a shared approach to involve them in the implementation of the school’s policy and associated procedures.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Governing Body will establish, in consultation with the headteacher, staff and parents, the policy for the promotion of good behaviour and keep it under review.  It will ensure that it is communicated to pupils and parents, is non-discriminatory and the expectations are clear.  Governors will support the school in maintaining high standards of behaviour.

The Headteacher will be responsible for the implementation and day-to-day management of the policies and procedures.  Support for staff faced with challenging behaviour is also an important responsibility for the headteacher.

Staff – including, teachers, support staff and volunteers, will be responsible for ensuring that the policy and procedures are followed and consistently and fairly applied.  Mutual support amongst all staff in the implementation of the policy is essential.  Staff have a key role in advising the headteacher on the effectiveness of the policies and procedures.  They also have responsibility, with the support of the headteacher, for creating a high quality learning environment, teaching good behaviour and implementing the agreed policy and procedures consistently.

Parents and carers have responsibility for the behaviour of their child both inside and outside the school.  They will be encouraged to work in partnership with the school to assist the school in maintaining high standards of behaviour and will have the opportunity to raise with the school any issues arising from the operation of the policy.

Pupils and parents/carers will be made fully aware of the school policy, procedure and expectations and will be expected to conform to them.  Pupils will respect the authority of staff.  Pupils also have a responsibility to ensure that incidents of disruption, violence, bullying and any form of harassment are reported.

Procedures and Communication

The procedures arising from this policy will be developed by the Headteacher in consultation with staff. The procedures will make clear to the pupils how acceptable standards of behaviour can be achieved and will have a clear rationale which is made explicit to staff, pupils and parents in the Code of Conduct.  The procedures will be consistently and fairly applied and promote the idea of personal responsibility and that every member of the school has a responsibility towards the whole community.

Rewards

A school ethos of encouragement is central to the promotion of good behaviour.  Rewards are one means of achieving this.  They have a motivational role in helping pupils to realise that good behaviour is valued, and are clearly defined in the procedures.  Integral to the system of rewards is an emphasis on praise both informal and formal to individuals and groups.

Sanctions

Sanctions are needed to respond to inappropriate behaviour.

A range of sanctions are clearly defined in the procedures and their use will be characterised by clarity of why the sanction is being applied and what changes in behaviour are required to avoid future sanctions. The procedures make a clear distinction between the sanctions applied for minor and major offences.

Training

The Governing Body will ensure that appropriate high quality training for all staff on all aspects of behaviour management is provided to support the implementation of the policy.

Involvement of outside agencies

The school works positively with external agencies.  It seeks appropriate support from them to ensure that the needs of all pupils are met by utilising the full range of external support available.

Review

The Headteacher, in consultation with the staff will undertake systematic monitoring and conduct regular reviews of the behaviour management policy and procedures in order to evaluate them to ensure the operation is effective, fair and consistent.  The Headteacher will keep the Governing Body informed.