Managing Good Behaviour
Introduction We always to listen to the concerns of parents and as a result, over the past term, we have further developed our behaviour management systems for the classrooms to ensure that we have consistency across the whole school.
Why is Good Behaviour Important Good behaviour makes effective teaching and learning possible, as well as promoting a positive atmosphere throughout the school.
Our recent Ofsted graded behaviour around school as ‘good’. This was based on observations in lessons but also around school at other times. Children’s behaviour was observed at lunchtimes and playtimes and in all areas of school. We are working very hard to improve all aspects of our school and have therefore followed up from the Ofsted report and now have in place our classroom behaviour management strategies which we would like to share with you.
The code of conduct for pupils The way we expect children to behave at this school is in what we call our “Behaviour Code”. These are displayed in all classrooms and public areas within the school. Your child’s class teacher will regularly discuss the rules with the children to help them to follow
Bentley New Village Behaviour Code
Through our Behaviour Code pupils at New Village are encouraged to value: • • • •
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Honesty - telling the truth and being true to our word. Tolerance - valuing the diversity, rights and property of others. Kindness - showing consideration to others. Responsibility - contributing positively to our whole school community, by accepting the consequences of actions and by agreeing and following simple rules Perseverance - striving to achieve our best and valuing also the achievements of bothers. Co-operation - working together appropriately to achieve our aims. Enjoyment - active involvement in school life and making the most of our opportunities.
Rewards We have a strong reward system in school. All children are part of a ‘house’- Hawks, Osprey, Falcon and Kestrel and they regularly get house points for their team for good behaviour as well as good work. These are totalled up weekly and the winning team announced in Friday’s achievement assembly. During the week children can also receive ‘Golden Team Points’ which go into a prize box and two children from every class are chosen at random to receive a prize. In addition, we have our special Achievement Assemblies every half term. Children earn red stickers for outstanding behavior, attitude and perseverance. Children may also receive a postcard home for following the New Village Behaviour Code. On a daily basis, where children’s behaviour is particularly noteworthy, teachers speak to individual parents at the end of the day. Children regularly visit the head teacher’s office for rewards and praise for good behaviour.
Sanctions Poor behavior is dealt with in stages depending on the level of disruption. Unacceptable behavior may be dealt with by; • • • • • • • • • • • •
a verbal reprimand, change of seat, repeating work at break-times or as homework the withdrawal of privileges, additional work, discussions with the Headteacher being sent to work with another teacher. removal of the child to sit or work in isolation, a phone call to parents, involvement of outside support agencies, implementation of a target sheet, lunchtime exclusion a fixed term exclusion and finally permanent exclusion
Although these sanctions are listed hierarchically the Headteacher may adjust the order or severity of the sanctions to meet the individual needs of children and the school as a whole.
Other behaviour issues in school Our school is an inclusive Primary School. For the vast majority of time our pupils behave well. Many visitors, including Ofsted have remarked on how well they behave in and around school. However, we acknowledge that, as with all other schools, there are sometimes incidents of unacceptable behaviour that have to be dealt with in a different way. This will be in discussion with individual families and we will support in any way we can. BULLYING Bullying is defined as: The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person by another, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be carried out physically, verbally, emotionally or through cyberspace.’ Children need to understand what bullying is and how it is different from a ‘fall out’ between friends which is common in childhood. One-off incidents, whilst they may be very serious and must always be dealt with, do not fall within the definition of ‘bullying’. There are three widely acknowledged means of bullying: •
direct physical bullying (pushing, hitting, punching, kicking)
direct verbal bullying (yelling abuse at another, name-calling, insulting someone, using verbal threats)
indirect bullying, spreading rumours, social exclusion, disclosing another’s secrets to a third party.
We take all incidents of bullying seriously and all staff: • • • • • • • •
Are vigilant about bullying. Are vigorous in investigating it. Involve pupils in discussing it and countering it. Record incidents of bullying. Never ignore bullying. Adopt a problem solving approach. Give children time to talk. Involve parents as early as possible
We want children to: • • • •
Be involved in the development and review of behaviour and anti-bullying policies and practice. Learn about what constitutes bullying and what to do about it. Have opportunities to develop the skills to resist bullying and deal with bullying. Be aware that knowing about bullying by or to others and doing nothing is unacceptable.
Be made aware that it is ‘ok to tell’ if they are being bullied or if they know someone else is being bullied, and that they will receive practical help if they do so.
Be made aware of who to contact if they have concerns about bullying.
Final Thought The vast majority of children behave very well at this school. The school always wants to work with parents and pupils to improve behaviour and discipline. I welcome discussion with any parents who have concerns regarding behaviour.
Lynne Paradine Bentley New Village Primary Asquith Road Bentley Doncaster DN5 0NU
Tel: 01302 874385 bentleynewvillage.co.uk