Behaviour - ‘Everyone Matters’
It is a basic requirement for learning that our children are well behaved. We have high expectations of our pupils’ behaviour. Children must treat each other and their teachers with respect and behave appropriately in our learning environments. We maintain high standards of behaviour with teachers being consistent regarding routines and following our behaviour policy. Pupils’ behaviour at St John’s is positive. This has been validated by Ofsted during our 2018 Inspection,
‘Pupils behave well in and around school. They are polite, respectful and kind to one another’
OFSTED Dec 2018
This reflects our Church of England ethos and our clarity of purpose. Positive behaviour depends on trust and positive relationships between pupils, staff and parents. St John’s CE Primary acknowledges its legal duties under the Equality Act 2010 in respect of safeguarding and in respect of pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
The overall aim of our Positive Behaviour Policy is to recognise, manage and develop the quality of our children’s learning environment, for themselves and for those around them, ensuring school is a safe place within which to develop the skills required of lifelong learners.
It is important that every member of our school community feels included and supported, and that each person is valued, respected and treated well. We are a caring community whose values are built on mutual trust and respect for all. There exists a strong school ethos where 'Everyone Matters', where school strives to provide the opportunity to respect and value the rich cultural heritage it offers alongside opportunities to explore the fullness of individual gifts and talents, safely, as a school family, within the school environment.
General School Rules
These SHARE expectations are for everyone, and apply both in school and on school trips:
• S - Safe and sensible movement around the school
• H - Help, don’t hurt, with your words and actions
• A - Adults are there to help, please listen
• R - Respect other people and their property
• E – Everyone is treated individually
We also aim to follow the 7 R’s (Respect, Rights, Responsibilities, Rules, Routines, Rewards and Reflections), to scaffold our process.
Supporting positive behaviour at school
We aim to know our children well, by achieving this we can.
- Notice our children doing the right thing and acknowledge it publicly and privately
- Build positive working environments in our classrooms and in our playground(s)
- Provide opportunities and success in all areas of the curriculum
- Give regular encouragement and descriptive feedback through our reward systems
- Make our children feel special by holding special events and activities
- Build positive relationships with parents/carers and children and our whole school community
- Promote self-awareness; supporting children to understand and regulate their emotions, have respect for themselves and others, and take responsibility for their own actions.
- Create and maintain a safe school climate where learning can take place and all pupils can grow socially, emotionally and academically.
These aims are achieved by:
- Setting clear expectations for behaviour
- Maintaining a consistent and caring school atmosphere
- Employing the PACE principles (see full policy)
- Working in partnership with all stakeholders
- Providing children with positive role models
- Understanding that all behaviour choices (actions) have consequences
- Putting relationships and connection at the heart of our school
- Modelling and praising the value of forgiveness
We aim to:
- Separate the behaviour from the child; and understand the behaviour in relation to the individual in any given circumstance
- Avoid unnecessary labelling
- Use private rather than public reprimand and allow children time to calm down
- Help children to make the right choices about their behaviour and to reflect on where they went wrong
- Establish appropriate social and learning behaviour and to keep relationships between adults and children positive
We all have the right to:
- Feel safe in our school in order to promote effective learning.
- Work and learn together to the best of our ability.
- Be treated with dignity and respect.
- Access our rights
We all need to care about other children, parents, teachers, school, our equipment and ourselves.
We all have responsibilities to treat others as we would like to be treated. These include opportunities;
- To resolve conflict promptly and peacefully
- To listen to each other
- To help each other
- To try our best
- To discuss
- To encourage
- To be polite and courteous
- To make time for others
- To be punctual
- To help others understand
- To respect the rights of others
- To be honest
- To look after each other
- To respect each other
- To work and play safely
- To share and co-operate
- To ask for help
- To ask for opinions and ideas
- To have a go
- To include each other
- To forgive
These help to protect our rights and encourage responsibility.
We have agreed school rules negotiated with teachers, the school council and staff. These operate inside and outside the classroom in accordance with the class charters.
To reinforce rights and responsibilities, children are given opportunities to discuss them through Personal, Social and Health Education, as well as Circle Time and Collective Worship.
Our routines aim to help children feel safe.
They include providing for:
- Good seating plans in class (carpet plan and tables)
- Wet play activities
- Class Time Out, cooling down/behaviour management plans
- Clear communication
- Entry and exit into class after playtimes and to and from home
- Transitions from the carpet to seat work
- Differentiation/personalisation for all children
- Leaving the class to go to the toilet
- Setting up class rules
- Clear consequences of breaking rules. Some will be immediate and others may be deferred
- Clear information given to PPA cover staff
- Clear expectations of behaviour within the classroom and wider school community
Rewards and Reflections (and Consequences)
At St John’s we are helping children to learn that all actions have a reaction and a consequence. Where the action is negative, this usually involves making up for a wrong doing, and repairing relationships with those upset. If children are not able to follow the St John’s SHARE rules, as detailed, then staff will use a calm and consistent manner.
We aim to help the child to understand why they might have behaved in his way, and to help them to address the difficulties they have had which have led to the problem occurring.
We encourage positive behaviour in a positive and constructive way. We feel that by highlighting and rewarding such behaviour, the children will be encouraged to adopt it.
Working together, with parents and carers, we expect our children to follow our positive behaviour codes.