Behaviour Policy 2016
Charlton-on-Otmoor Church of England Primary School Behaviour Policy
At Charlton-on-Otmoor Church of England Primary School we aim to create an environment which enables each child to participate purposefully and transfer peacefully through each stage of school by developing:
- moral code
- respect for all members of our school, buildings and resources
- Class Rules
All children in the school will create class rules with their teacher, which they will understand and which will be of a positive nature. All staff will deal with behaviour issues in a calm and consistent manner, treating all children fairly. The rules will be discussed regularly with the children. A positive, reward-based culture will be engendered through praise, positive comments and stickers which will lead to a Headteacher’s certificate/reward to encourage positive behaviour. Golden Time on Friday afternoon will be awarded to all the children who have shown consistently good behaviour during the week.
Celebrating Good Behaviour and Headteacher Awards
Good behaviour and being a good citizen will be rewarded during a weekly Celebration Assembly. There will also be a weekly certificate and a trophy to take home for the week for the child who has shown outstanding behaviour. Trophies will also be given out for English, Maths and Sports. A book will be kept in the reception area with photos and details of why the trophies were awarded. Each class (Yr 1-6) will pick their Star of the Week which will be announced in the Celebration Assembly.
In class, stickers will be awarded for hard work, effort, helpfulness etc… These will be stuck on individual bookmarks. When a bookmark is completed, the child will go and see the Headteacher to receive a small prize. These children will stand up in assembly and be congratulated.
All children with awards will be announced in the weekly newsletter home and on the school’s website.
House points will be given for good behaviour to encourage a team spirit. House points will be counted and announced at the weekly Celebration Assembly. Each half term the winning house will receive a house award.
Breaking the Behaviour Code of Conduct
If children break a rule within the school, they will be given (in order)
- Positive encouragement with explanation given e.g. ‘I/we need you to do this because...’
- An initial warning with possible consequences given
- A ‘Yellow Card’ given. The yellow card will stay with the child for the morning or afternoon depending on the time given. After this time the slate will be wiped clean and the yellow card removed.
- If there is a second breaking of rules, then a ‘Red Card’ is given. This means 5 minutes off of Golden Time on a Friday.
- Where a child is persistently misbehaving or there is a more serious incident, the child is sent to the Headteacher (or the Deputy Head in her absence).
- Where the Headteacher or Deputy Head deem it necessary, parents will be contacted.
Outside the classroom
Children will also understand that there are rules for other areas of the school, such as the playground and dining room and for different occasions e.g. moving around the school and taking part in assemblies and they will know and understand these rules too. These rules will be discussed and agreed upon by the School Council and Headteacher.
If a child misbehaves at a playtime they should miss a period of play by standing on the yellow line and the incident recorded in the Playground book. The Headteacher will look at the book each week to see if there are behaviour patterns. If there is a persistent problem with a child/children the Headteacher and the staff will discuss the issue and talk to the child/ren involved. A Playtime Behaviour Plan will be made if necessary and parents will be informed.
In conflict resolution, we seek to bring together those involved in an incident, acting, where appropriate, as a mediator so children can solve the issue by themselves by;
- Ensuring that all children are given a chance to speak about any incident
- Encouraging the children to speak truthfully
- Asking questions to uncover the full extent of the issue
- Prompting children to state how they feel the incident should be resolved
- Encouraging children to make an agreement to resolve the conflict and ensure all parties are happy with the outcome
More Serious Incidents
Children will also be made aware that using inappropriate language, violent behaviour, being rude to or disobeying any member of staff, malicious teasing or bullying, not telling the truth, deliberately damaging school property or taking things that don’t belong to them will carry an immediate sanction agreed with the Headteacher and that parents will be contacted. This will also apply to any comments or bullying related to the 2010 Equalities Act e.g. racism, homophobia, disabilities.
Where a child is persistently breaking the rules or displaying continual inappropriate behaviour, more extreme responses may be needed, such as being placed on a Behaviour Support Plan with parental involvement and an agreed target with rewards (and possibly sanctions) built in, referral to the Educational Psychologist or Behaviour Support Team or in extreme cases temporary or permanent exclusion (see separate LA guidance: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/exclusions).
An incident file will be kept in the Headteacher’s office to record any violent or extreme incidents.
Behaviour of Staff:
The behaviour of staff should always be of the highest standard; setting a good example by all that they do, always being mindful of the public face of the school and maintaining confidentiality at all times, particularly when using social networking sites.
When using social networking sites, staff should never accept as ‘friends’ pupils at the school and should be very mindful of being ‘friends’ with parents or ex-pupils where it may lead to a breach of confidentiality or bringing the school into disrepute.
Behaviour of Governors:
Governors should always be mindful of the position of trust they hold and behave accordingly. They should maintain confidentiality for all families and should not be drawn into specific issues relating to the school but should pass on parental concerns about the day-to-day running of the school to the Headteacher or any policy concerns to the appropriate committee or full board of governors. They can also advise parents about how to access complaints procedures and/or policies.
When using social networking sites, governors should never accept as ‘friends’ pupils at the school and should be very mindful of any comments they post or discussions they enter into involving school issues. They should also be very careful that comments do not lead to a breach of confidentiality, criticism of members of staff or act against the agreed policies of the school.
Behaviour of Parents:
It is very important that the school should aim to maintain positive relationships with parents at all times so that children perceive a strong and supportive approach by both home and school. Where there are any concerns that this relationship is not working, a child’s class teacher will seek ways of improving this in the first instance. Should this be unsuccessful, it will be raised with the parents by the Headteacher. This may also involve discussions about unhelpful or distressing comments made on social networking sites.
In relation to behaviour of parents towards any member of staff, governors or volunteers, the school will not tolerate any instances of:
- Bad language
- Threatening behaviour
- Verbal abuse
- Physical abuse
- Malicious gossip
- Using social networking sites to single out individuals or to distribute untruthful or malicious information or comments.
Any of the above could result in a legally approved warning letter by the school and, should they persist, would result in the offender having their licence to enter the school premises withdrawn. In the case of social networking sites, this would result in a request for comments to be withdrawn. The school will follow appropriate legal procedures in dealing with such offences; in serious cases the relevant authorities will be informed.
School Events and Visits:
This policy will also apply to pupils, staff, governors and parents during social events at the school or held in the name of the school, school/class visits or sporting events where it is important that Health and Safety rules (e.g. not going on the climbing frame), appropriate relationships and the good name of the school are all maintained. Pupils will be reminded of behaviour expectations prior to events and visits.
This Policy will be reviewed every two years by the staff and Governing Body.