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Behaviour Management

Rationale

If effective teaching and learning is to take place then positive behaviour is an essential element of the successful classroom. This behaviour and discipline policy is an extension of our PSHCE policy and builds on the philosophy of the school.

Aims

  • At Vita et Pax Preparatory School, we aim to develop self-discipline, self-respect and respect for others in all pupils.
  • to understand that people are responsible for their own actions and to realise the importance of honesty, trust, tolerance and politeness.
  • to understand that all pupils have a right to work in a calm, supportive and purposeful atmosphere.
  • to understand that all pupils have the right to come to school without the fear of being bullied.

Objectives

  • to work in partnership with parents, ensuring they are aware of expectations on behaviour.
  • to ensure all children understand what is expected of them.
  • to provide positive role models for positive behaviour towards other people and property.
  • to ensure all staff adhere to the school system of rewards and sanctions.
  • to make a distinction between minor and more serious behaviour and for any sanctions to be fairly and consistently applied.
  • to develop personal and social education into school work as a means of promoting mutual respect, self-discipline and social responsibility.
  • to foster discussion and agreement on positive classroom rules.
  • to establish good teacher/pupil relationships, central to working effectively with all pupils.
  • to provide teaching which exhibits differentiation, mutual respect and effective classroom management, to help build and maintain good relationships between staff and pupils. 

Guidelines 

 

 

Teachers and parents work in partnership to foster positive behaviour and to provide good role models for behaviour towards other people and property. Our emphasis is on rewarding positive, desirable behaviour. In this way, strategies can be used to modify behaviour that is unacceptable.

Achieving positive behaviour

The school council, made up of peer-elected children from each of the junior classes, discuss school issues and help to develop school rules, feeding back to their classes on any issues that arise. These rules are displayed in each classroom and discussed frequently in assemblies and during class time.  Children and teachers should review the care shown for the interior and exterior of our school at regular and appropriate times.

Staff

  • The school lining up bell rings at 8.40a.m., 10.45a.m., 1.00p.m.(Infants) and 1.15pm (Juniors)  The member of staff on duty will ensure the children are called to attention, using a whistle. [1st whistle – walk to class lines; 2nd whistle – remain silent, facing the front.] A ‘Lining Up Point’ is issued to the best class to line up.
  • Teachers should ensure lessons maintain pace and interest through careful curriculum planning, with regular feedback on corrected work.
  • High expectations of behaviour and self-discipline are expected in every child.
  • Rules will be applied firmly but fairly.
  • It is everyone’s entitlement to give and receive respect.
  • Address a difficulty without over-reacting. Maintain the ‘War’ metaphor [General directs from the top of the hill but does not enter the battle field.]
  • Avoid confrontation: establish the facts and judge fairly.
  • Use sanctions sparingly and appropriately.
  • All staff take an active role in sharing the responsibility for children’s good behaviour and manners throughout the school.
  • Staff should be on duty punctually when the bell rings to signal the start of each session.
  • Staff on duty [classroom/playground] should deal with incidents as they arise.
  • Staff may use their own judgement to report incidents to the class teacher or senior management.
  • A written record of continued misbehaviour should be kept in the disciplinary diary, kept in each classroom and parents contacted to discuss the matter.
  • In a final attempt to resolve a situation, the “Procedures for Behaviour Management” should be invoked (Appendix I) 

Pupils

  • All children arrive at school, ready to line up at 8.40 a.m.
  • At 8.45 a.m. pupils enter the school quietly and sensibly at all times.
  • Keep to the left on corridors and staircases.
  • No child should use the wooden staircase unless accompanied by a member of staff.
  • When an adult talks to the class, pupils should listen carefully and with due deference.
  • When asked a question, pupils should only call out when a teacher has specifically asked for this.
  • All children are expected to address adults by name and with good manners.
  • Children are expected to be able to work sensibly with their peers, collaborating appropriately when a given task demands this.
  • All necessary writing equipment should be ready for the start of each lesson.
  • Chewing gum is not allowed at any time during the school day. Sweets may be shared at the end of the day to celebrate a birthday and taken home. There will be no eating in the playground unless supervised by a member of staff, except for the morning fruit or vegetable snack.
  • Children must not leave the classroom without permission.
  • At the end of the school day, all equipment should be neatly stored away, chairs placed on desks where possible and floors left clean and tidy.

Parents

  • Parents should be aware of the School Behaviour and Discipline Policy (Appendix II)
  • Parents should ensure all children are in school and collected from school punctually at the beginning and end of each school day or at the agreed time if involved in after school activities.
  • Late children should be signed in and left in the care of the school office. Parents must not accompany their child to the classroom as this disturbs the lesson.
  • Parents should contact the school office to make an appointment to speak to a teacher if a matter needs to be discussed. [Infant teachers are usually able to speak to parents at the end of the day.]
  • Parents are welcome into the school playground at the start and end of the day but are responsible for their own children's conduct.

Rewards include:

  • Verbal praise
  • Stars and stickers
  • Head Teacher’s Award
  • Certificates
  • Merit cards
  • House points
  • Special Person Award
  • GMP Award (Good Mannered Person)

Sanctions include:

  • Apologising by shaking hands and looking each other in the eye when you say sorry
  • Time out
  • Loss of privileges
  • Reporting to Head Teacher
  • Consultation with parents 

Bullying

Although bullying is not tolerated in school, we recognise that instances of potential bullying may occur. We try to foster in all pupils, an openness and willingness to talk about the concerns that we have. We also encourage older pupils to look after younger ones and act as ‘buddies’, reporting any concerns they may have about a friend to a teacher. 

At the beginning of each new term and at other appropriate moments, all children are reminded of the strategies that are in place to prevent bullying. A list of these anti-bullying rules are on display in every classroom and discussed at Whole School Assembly at the start of each new term.. 

If an instance of bullying is suspected, staff act immediately. The Head Teacher and subsequently parents are informed so that the matter can be resolved as soon as possible. A copy of the PUPIL BULLYING REPORT [APPENDIX III] should be filled in and forwarded to the Head Teacher.

 APPENDIX I

PROCEDURE FOR BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT

Should a pupil’s behaviour cause disruption to the normal running of the class the following procedures will be implemented:

  • Ask the pupil to respond to a given request within a set time for compliance eg: count to 10, explaining the consequences of the inappropriate behaviour.
  • Repeat the request. If possible, take pupil to one side to quietly repeat request, ensuring they have understood and that the time limit was reasonable.
  • Remove the pupil to another colleague’s room, to complete the work during that session.
  • If the pupil has been removed from the classroom on 2 occasions in one week, he/she will be asked to report to the Head Teacher.
  • If the misbehaviour continues or is met with physical resistance, the parents will be asked to remove the pupil from the school for the remainder of the day.
  • Subsequent repeats of inappropriate behaviour by a pupil will be treated under clause 6 of the School’s Standard Terms.

APPENDIX II 

School Behaviour and Discipline Policy

 

Dear Parents, 

If you would like to read the full School Behaviour Policy, copies can be borrowed from the Office. Our Behaviour Policy is based on the principle of respect for self and respect for others.

The following guidelines outline our practical arrangements and approach to maintaining positive behaviour and are designed to underpin our commitment to high standards of behaviour in and around the school buildings throughout the day.

 

‘Behaviour Around the School’

  1. Children are expected to walk inside the school buildings and to be courteous in their speech and behaviour at all times.

 

  1. Good behaviour will be positively reinforced as a matter of course and celebrated through the weekly Headteacher’s Awards during assembly on Friday morning and by nominating a GMP [Good Mannered Person] for each half term.

 

  1. Good discipline stems from good relationships. Unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with firmly and fairly.

 

  1. Teachers will collect their class from the playground after morning and lunch breaks.

 

  1. Having washed their hands, all children will say Grace before starting their meal. When they have finished their lunch, the teacher will ensure they move quietly into the playground.

 

  1. Teachers will ensure that infant children are ready to leave promptly at 3.15, Juniors:-3.30 and will supervise an orderly exit from the building.

 

  1. Persistent or exceptional problems should be brought to the attention of the Head Teacher.

 

click here to download a PUPIL BULLYING REPORT