St. Theresa’s Catholic Primary School
The Aim and Distinctive Character of the School
St. Theresa’s is proud to be a Catholic School rooted in the Gospel values.
We are committed to celebrating and sharing our faith, as well as preparing children for life in a multi-cultural society and developing respect for the values and customs of others.
We are committed to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum to ensure that our children achieve the highest possible standards personal to them.
We aim to develop strong links between family and parish, enabling us to journey together with mutual support and respect.
Aims of the Policy
At St. Theresa’s, we aim to create and maintain, through encouraging good behaviour and discipline, an atmosphere of positive relationships, and an environment which promotes high standards and effective learning. We expect and encourage respect towards one another through our school ethos, which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment, where pupils have a sense of being valued and respected.
This policy aims to set out the appropriate procedures for dealing with inappropriate behaviour and is to be viewed in conjunction with the school’s policy on restraint and anti-bullying Policy.
Our Behaviour Policy is intended to include everyone involved in school life, and to be reinforced by all. The same rules that apply within school are to be enforced outside of school too, for example, on school trips and visits.
A consistent approach is necessary, where appropriate, and children need regular reminders of what is and what is not acceptable, and what the consequences for unacceptable behaviour are.
It is important to recognise the different areas of misbehaviour and to appreciate that there will always be a reason for a child behaving inappropriately.
We appreciate that children need to learn how to behave correctly and that it is a duty of the school to help children in this learning. The four main reasons for misbehaviour are:
- failure avoidance
A Positive Approach
We have a positive approach to behaviour, recognising, rewarding, celebrating and praising good behaviour.
We make a determined and conscious effort to:
- Greet and be greeted by name — staff take the initiative
- Initiate conversation — make time to chat with children
- Smile, build empathy — try to understand the child’s point of view, how they might be feeling
- Use humour — it builds bridges
- Keep calm — it reduces tension
- Listen, it earns respect
- Say thank you, we all appreciate it
- Say sorry when we get it wrong — we are all human
- Bring up topics which may not be academic but which interest children
- Find something to like about all pupils
- Look out for pupil resourcefulness, we all need to feel good about ourselves
- Value pupil efforts as much as their achievements, often we do not experience big changes but small steps in the right direction and we need to notice these.
We set out each day to create a learning environment which supports all learners, things do go wrong and people make mistakes. The following outlines how we as a staff reward what is good and ensure that consequences are administered fairly and consistently when mistakes are made.
At St Theresa’s, children are encouraged:
- To celebrate who they are and to reflect on their talents and gifts
- To think about their rights and responsibilities
- To understand that other people’s rights can only be respected if they behave responsibly
- To understand the difference between control and discipline. When children are controlled they do not behave badly because they are afraid of the consequences. When children understand self-discipline, they behave well because they know it is the right way to be.
We aim to provide children with:
- A warm, positive and affirming environment in which to learn
- Positive rules which are known and understood by all
Examples of Behaviour That Merit Encouragement
Punctuality, endeavour, co-operation, achievement, kindness, politeness, respect, care for others, enthusiasm, tidiness, appropriate quietness and stillness, patience, gentleness, reverence and self-control.
Examples of Behaviour That Are Unacceptable At St Theresa’s
Physical violence of any sort, name calling, lack of care for people or property, acts likely to harm others or put a person’s health or safety at risk, bullying, behaving in a way that disrupts learning, bad language, telling lies, racism and answering back.
These are the core values on which everyone agrees — the teacher/adult has the responsibility to interpret these rules in a fair and impartial manner, and in the interests of justice, with as little disruption to the teaching and learning of the children as possible.
We all have the right to:
- Feel safe
- Feel respected
We use a range of positive rewards throughout school to promote these values, dependent on age and situation. See appendix 3
Consequences for Misbehaviour
Evidence shows pupils respond better to this than ‘punishments’. They also respond better when there isn’t direct eye contact (this can often lead to them giggling) and the use of the word ‘we’ instead of a direct ‘you’. Where possible we get the child to think of the consequence, giving them ownership. See appendix 2 if they can’t think of any for themselves.
There are times when it may be helpful for a child to be removed from a situation or a problem for a short period of time. On these occasions children may be sent out of class to another teacher with their work.
If misbehaviour continues or is repeated, the child will be sent to the Deputy Headteacher. It is the Deputy Headteacher’s responsibility to issue appropriate consequences and if necessary contact parents. Where necessary, the Deputy may refer incidents to the Headteacher.
If teachers become concerned about a pupil’s behaviour pattern their parents will be invited to school to discuss the matter.
In the event of a child being seriously violent to another child or adult, the parents will be sent for immediately and may be asked to remove the child from school for the remainder of the day or week to prevent further incidents and point out to the child the seriousness of his/her actions.
Temporary exclusions are one of the last resorts and may take the form of withdrawal at lunch times, short term suspensions or exclusions for longer periods.
In exceptional circumstances it may become necessary for a child to be permanently excluded from the school, staff in school will do all that they possibly can to avoid this situation arising.
What is expected of Governors?
- They will monitor the Behaviour Policy.
- They will make the ultimate decision on permanent exclusion.
What is expected of our staff?
- Staff will do all that they can to celebrate pupils gifts and talents
- Actively teach behaviour
- We will “set the tone” and be positive role models for our pupils
- We will make every effort to provide a well organised, well displayed and attractive classroom for the children to learn in.
- We will devise learning activities which will motivate pupils, encourage them to talk, share, and debate and cooperate.
- We will be calm, fair and just and seek to bring children to an understanding of the mistakes they have made.
- We will be focused on developing methods to support children and parents, develop a sense of responsibility and promote a positive ethos.
- We will work as a team, sharing responsibility for behaviour management across the school.
- We will acknowledge that we all make mistakes and that forgiveness is the key to moving on.
- We will follow our policy and systems consistently
- We will listen to children carefully and avoid jumping to conclusions, we will report incidents to the Phase Leader, Learning Mentor, SENCo, Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher if necessary. This may also mean recording it in the ECM file.
- Teachers will help in developing positive attitudes and recognising good behaviour and work.
What is expected of our pupils?
- Pupils will be expected to follow our core values.
- Children are expected to report behaviour that concerns, hurts or worries them to an adult.
- Accept the times when things go wrong or they make mistakes and move on quickly.
- Children will support and forgive each other when things go wrong.
- Children will be encouraged to be open to the idea of reconciliation.
What is expected of parents?
- Parents will support the school our school behaviour policy.
- Parents will be encouraged to help celebrate all that is positive and good in school and to reward good behaviour at home.
- Parents are expected to contact school with any concerns or worries they have regarding their child to school as soon as possible.
- Parents are expected to play an active role in discussions when children are finding school difficult and to work with the school in finding solutions.
- They will try to set a good example for their children.