We have a very structured behaviour system, which is used throughout the school. Parents, children and staff have written down a list of behaviours and sanctions so that everybody knows what is good behaviour, and what is not good behaviour. A copy of our behaviour poster which identifies all of the statements agreed on by our school community can be found below.
All behaviour incidents are treated as learning events. Children are asked to think about what has happened and change their behaviour. We always try to help children by giving them strategies to use to help them if a similar event occurs again. They are always asked to reflect on what has happened. Sometimes this is done formally in reflection time where they answer questions on a reflection sheet to help them learn from the incident. For some low level incidents, children are given the opportunity to make the right decision and change their behaviour. This is like a warning, and if a child choses to change their behaviour, no sanction is imposed. Pupils know that we expect them to:
Reflect, Respect, Reset
We Reflect by thinking about what has happened, what could have been done differently and what can be done in the future.
We Respect by saying sorry or putting right what has gone wrong.
We Reset by starting over. Every day is a new start.
We believe that behaviour is a choice: children are not naughty; they make poor choices, either through a lack of undertsanding, a lack of self control or sometimes because of a condition or circumstance out of their control. Our aim is to help ALL children learn how to behave well - including those who choose to behave in a way which is not acceptable in our community.
Any medium or high level events will prompt a discussion with parents, so that we can all work together to keep our school a safe place to be. We also often talk to parents about low level events, if they are happening a lot or if they are out of character. However, please remember that not all low level behaviours will lead to reflection time, as for many children, they just need a reminder about what respectful behaviour is.
Bullying, harrassment and intolerant behaviour
Bullying is defined by the Department for Education as:
…behaviour that is:
We do not tolerate bullying, or any form of discrimination or harrasment in our school. We will always deal with incidents which we identify as bullying, or potential bullying, thoroughly. We keep detailed logs of any such incidents and we monitor these closely to ensure our children are kept safe. Children are taught about bullying, what to do, who to speak to and how to repsond if it happens to them or to a friend and we encourage them to tell an adult if they are upset, worried or scared. We encourage all parents to reinforce our message of telling someone if their child, or someone else, is being bullied and we are always happy to discuss any concerns parents may have over this.
Please remember that our children are still learning how to behave in a community and trust that we will do the best we can to make sure all children learn from any incidents that occur.
How we deal with more complicated behaviour incidents including suspected harassment or bullying
All behaviour incidents are investigated thoroughly, either by the class teacher, the Assistant Head Teachers or the Deputy Head. We always speak to children individually to try to get an overview of what has happened, and we do this in as supportive a way as possible. We will ask the perpetrator, the ‘victim’ and any witnesses their view and sometimes, if there are conflicting accounts, we will bring the children together to enable us to get an agreed version of events. All children are treated sensitively and with dignity and are supported throughout the investigation and afterwards if necessary.
Mediation: we will always try to use mediation to resolve any issues between children, and in cases of bullying, or suspected bullying, we encourage the children involved to meet and discuss the problem, with a trusted adult as mediator. This serves several purposes:
1. The power is taken away from the perpetrator and it is given to the ‘victim’
2. The ‘victim’ is given the confidence to stand up to the perpetrator
3. Everyone involved knows that the problem has been dealt with and it will not be tolerated
If problems continue
In all cases of bullying or harrassment, support is given to all parties involved. We wil work with the victim to ensure they are happy and the matter is resolved, and we will work with the perpetrator to ensure they learn from the incident/s. Please remember that the vast majority of pupils who become bullies need help too.
However, if a child continues to choose to bully, harrass or discriminate, we will consider more drastic sanctions as detailed in the behaviour policy, including temporary or permanent exclusion.