Behaviour & Discipline Policy
SAINT PETER’S ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Positive Behaviour and Discipline Policy
Together as a faithful community
we will live, love and learn
so that we are a reflection of Jesus
inspiring others to walk with us.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR AND DISCIPLINE POLICY
ST. PETER’S RC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Together as a faithful community
we will live, love and learn
so that we are a reflection of Jesus
inspiring others to walk with us.
In accordance with our Mission Statement it is the intention of the Governors to provide a safe and secure learning environment for everyone in our school community. They will take all reasonably practicable steps within their power to fulfil this responsibility.
It is a primary aim of our school that every member of the school community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly. We are a caring, family community, whose values are built on the rites and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, which promotes mutual trust and respect for all. The school behaviour policy is therefore designed to support the way in which all members of the school are valued as unique and diverse children of God who live and work together in a supportive way.
AIMS AND EXPECTATIONS
1. To develop guidelines for behaviour within our community that is supported and followed by all ;where we all constantly strive to :Use words of encouragement and kindness ( Luke 17: 11-13)
2. To develop our relationship with parents and carers so that we can work and support each other in the social and moral education of the children.
3. To ensure all members of the community feel safe and secure and understand that we have a positive approach to discipline and that reconciliation in all situations is our primary aim.
4. To ensure effective teaching and learning can take place in an environment free from disruption and bullying of any kind.
5. To encourage and reinforce good behaviour and praise children who make appropriate choices.
6. To teach children to take responsibility for their own actions and develop an understanding that consequences follow inappropriate behaviour choices.
7. To support children within their journey of faith to understand that they are members of a wider world community and as Catholic children they will be expected to make an age appropriate contribution to the common good of all.
Our approach to behaviour takes into account the Equality Act, Special Educational Needs and Safe guarding procedures .We treat all children fairly and apply this behaviour policy in a consistent way.
CARE and CONTROL OF CHILDREN
All teachers, teaching assistants and other paid staff with responsibility for pupils at St Peter’s have the power by law to discipline pupils whose behaviour is unacceptable, who break the school rules or who fail to follow a reasonable instruction.
If a situation arises where a child may be at risk of hurting themselves or others or seriously disrupts good order in the school in any way then staff may need to intervene in a physical way following the guidelines set out in the schools care and control policy.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The governing Body is committed to supporting high standards of behaviour.
The headteacher and leadership team will have a high profile among the children and develop positive relationships with them all to ensure mutual respect and trust.
They will support all staff in maintaining discipline and will keep all members of the community up to date with any new guidance relating to behaviour.
Inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with promptly to reduce disruption and support staff’s emotional well being.
The class teachers and support staff have high expectations of the children in terms of behaviour, progress and attainment and ensure the school rules are adhered to and that procedures to maintain discipline are carried out fairly and consistently.
Parents and carers are expected to take responsibility for the behaviour of their child inside and outside of school. We work co-operatively with parents and ask for their support in maintaining high standards of behaviour.
The children are also expected to behave in an appropriate way and are taught to take responsibility for their own behaviour. They are expected to look after all other members of our community and therefore report any incidents of inappropriate behaviours.
CLASSROOM BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT
Good behaviour is promoted by :
The formation of good relationships between the children and their teachers
Praise and encouragement for all
Well planned interesting lessons matched with clear expectations about work that matches the needs of the child
Positive feedback and support to all children to enhance their learning
The consistent school approach to positive discipline being carried out by everyone
Our school house system
Our school rocket ‘traffic light ’system being on display in the classroom
Support for children who have difficulty in maintaining appropriate behaviour and the assurance that multi agency working will be arranged when relevant
General Discipline and Expectations
By enrolling your child into St Peter’s RC Primary School, Parents / Carers and their children agree to and abide by all sections of this policy and the school rules we have outlined. We have a home school agreement that parents and children are encouraged to sign.
Children are encouraged to work hard and always do their very best. They are required to work attentively in lessons and not interrupt the orderly conduct of any class or indeed any school gathering. They are expected to settle down to their work with minimum fuss and work hard in all subject areas and disciplines. Homework should be completed on time and brought to school to meet the deadlines set.
Behaviour and Attitude
Children are expected to refrain from any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination. Foul language and fighting with each other are unacceptable. Children should come into, depart from and walk around school in an orderly manner. Everyone will act with consideration, courtesy and respect to others at all times showing that they are a reflection of Jesus.
Bullying will always be an unacceptable form of behaviour due to the severe and distressing effect it can have on a child.
Central to our detailed "Anti-bullying," policy is the well being of the bullied child. Prevention and reaction strategies aim to protect the victims from further abuse.
Please refer to this policy for specific details.
We believe that good behaviour should be valued and incidents of inappropriate behaviour are opportunities to teach. All staff and children from the Foundation Stage to Year 6 are expected to follow the School Rules at all times. These will be displayed in all classrooms and in prominent places throughout the school. Each rule is linked to a scripture reading and they are constantly referred to.
We promise to be a reflection of Jesus by choosing;
To walk calmly and quietly wherever we go.
Walk in wisdom and let your speech always be gracious. (Colossians 4:5-6)
Listen to advice and accept instruction: then you too will become wise.
To work hard
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
To be kind and helpful
Be kind and tender hearted to one another and forgive each other just as God has forgiven you through Christ. (Ephesians 4:32)
To be honest
Let us not love with words or speech but in actions and in truth. (John 3:18)
To look after property
If you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property who will give you property of your own? (Luke 16 :12)
In addition at playtimes and lunchtimes the children should choose to :
Walk in the dining hall
Say "Please" and "thank you"
Clear away the remains of lunch
Line up quietly
Keep hands and feet to yourself
We believe that we should behave as Jesus would want us to .We live our faith in our community through our 5 Ws- Welcome, Word, Welfare, Worship and Witness. Each week we look for children who are excelling at living out the 5ws in our school. These children are mentioned at the end of assembly, given a certificate and a W badge.
The children are all members of one of our 4 houses.
The children are awarded house points(raffle tickets) for showing their commitment to our Catholic ethos and expectations. They should develop a sense of pride in earning house points for themselves, but more importantly that they contribute to the success of their team.
Each child keeps a record of their personal total and these are counted towards their team scores.
The totals are counted at the end of each week and the total for each team is announced in the Friday celebration assembly or in class by the class teacher.
At the end of each term the house members of the winning team may choose an agreed reward.
A record is kept all year culminating in the winning house name being engraved on the house trophy and members of the winning team receiving a medal.
House points may also be earned in sporting competitions throughout the year particularly at the annual sports day competition when the sports cup is awarded to the winning team.
The children in EYFS and KS1 are given their house points as raffle tickets. The house points will be counted as a team score and placed in a team box. A class raffle will take place on a Friday and the winning children (one from each class) may receive a small prize from the treasure box in Mrs Kelleher’s room.
KEY STAGE 2
Key Stage 2 children are told they have a house point and record it on the class tally chart and their personal record. When they have collected 100 personal house points their parents are informed by text.
WHOLE CLASS REWARDS-The Pebble System
Children within any class group work as a team to collect pebbles/marbles for group rewards.
Once the jar is full the class can choose a reward from those given to them by their teacher.
Pebbles can be taken out of the jar if the class as a whole or individuals are not being co-operative.
Weekly Celebrations assembly
ALWAYS CHILD status
House Point Results/celebration of personal / team effort
Headteacher Certificates and Badges 1 per class –awarded for achievement or progress/good use of a talent
Class teacher certificates /awards / personal choice time
Class reward time
Attendance /behaviour certificates
Positive contact with parents by telephone or letter
Showing work to other members of staff /headteacher
Medals and Trophies for Sporting achievement
Winning house team rewards
Sending children to another teacher /headteacher to share their work
Displaying children’s work and achievements around school or in assembly
CLASSROOM ROCKET DISPLAY- REWARD and CONSEQUENCE
In all classes we have the behaviour rocket which is intended to be a visual reminder for the children of their success at maintaining appropriate levels of work and behaviour.
It is divided into 3 sections; green, yellow and red. The area around the rocket contains stars.
All the children are given green status as a starting point and can move to up to the stars or down into yellow and red depending on the behaviour and work standard they are displaying.
If the children work and behave to the expected standard they maintain this status and receive 5 house points at the end of the day.
If a child exceeds all expectations in work and behaviour then he or she may move to the star section. They can move off the star section back into green if they do not maintain the expected standard.
For every day they maintain the star position they receive 10 house points and a record of their star status is recorded if they maintain the position for a week.
Any child who achieves and maintains star status for 1 week in a half term is eligible for an Always Child award.
MOVING INTO YELLOW and RED
Children will be supported and helped before they move into these sections.
1st warning- Check that the child understands the work. Remain on green.
2nd warning-Explain the expectation again –the child moves to amber
3rd warning –Move to red –a consequence is given
A child on red – builds up time, which has to be repaid at play or lunch time before they can return to green. Paying back time can be used to record and reflect on behaviour and write a target for improvement. Class teachers will supervise the children from their own class.
A record should be kept on the behaviour record sheet in their white file whenever
a child receives an ALWAYS award
a child achieves star status
a child visits red.
When a child’s behaviour falls below an accepted standard teachers may enforce a range of sanctions. We work with the children and their parents at the earliest possible stage to resolve behavioural issues.
The purpose of a sanction is :
To ensure that children understand when their behaviour has been unacceptable
To show that action has been taken where another child or children has been hurt or upset as a result of another child’s behaviour.
Staff are discouraged from giving a sanction to a whole group unless this is unavoidable or appropriate.
LEVELS OF BEHAVIOUR
We describe acts of inappropriate behaviour in 3 ways. Examples are in the table below. STAGE 1
LOW LEVEL BEHAVIOUR
Any behaviour from stage 1 that happens regularly.
CONTINUAL BEHAVIOUR (LOW LEVEL or SERIOUS)
Continual argumentative behaviour
Any behaviours described that happen on a regular basis and have not been improved at stage 1or 2
Racial remarks or abuse
Interrupting the teacher
Bullying / intimidation
Pushing in line
Swearing at staff
Rocking on chairs
Deliberately hurting another child
Physically attacking a member of staff
Spoiling other children’s games
Preventing other children from working
Graffiti on books