“The school values of Love, Courage and Respect are shown in the caring attitude of pupils and adults supporting each other in all aspects of school life.” National Society Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report 2018
“The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils are polite, courteous and welcoming to visitors. Pupils take pride in their work, their appearance and the school in general. They conduct themselves well around the school.” Ofsted Report 2016
Our School Aims state “Within a Christian ethos we strive to create a caring community. We encourage all members of our school to respect themselves and each other. We establish high standards of behaviour, reinforced by praise and underpinned by Christian values.”
Our School Values are Love, Courage and Respect. In order to achieve our aims, it is important that the highest standards of behaviour are expected of all children and adults within the school.
Our Christian ethos enables us to talk with the children about care and respect for each other, within Christian principles. It gives us a basis for exploring with the children the fact that making mistakes is part of our human frailty and that honesty and openness when we make a mistake is the best way forward, so that together we can reach a point of forgiveness and be helped to try harder in the future. We encourage our children to show Love and Respect for each other and for the school, and to have the Courage to own up and face the consequences when they have not made good choices, We help children to understand that forgiveness does not mean they can behave badly and then just say sorry – that it is about learning to truly appreciate the needs and feelings of others and doing everything in their power to behave well so that everyone is safe and happy.
A culture of positive praise and encouragement exists in the school. This should be promoted and developed at all times, so that we build children’s self esteem and help them to take pride in themselves. As well as adults praising and encouraging good behaviour, we encourage children to tell us good news about each other’s behaviour, and to model good behaviour to each other.
Key Principles on which our Behaviour policy is based:
- Everyone has a right to be safe and be treated with respect.
- Everyone has a responsibility to behave appropriately.
- A consistent approach is essential for children to feel secure.
- Children do best when they have clear boundaries and when they know we have high expectations of them.
- Children thrive on praise – it is our role to catch them being good.
- Positive approaches which focus on reinforcing and rewarding appropriate behaviour are more effective than those which focus on punishing unacceptable behaviour.
- Wherever possible, we praise children publicly; and correct their behaviour quietly and individually.
- Adults in school should be role models of exemplary behaviour and warm, caring, respectful relationships with those around them.
- Parents are partners in the process of promoting social, emotional development and good behaviour.
- Everyone involved in promoting good behaviour in our school needs to be aware of our policy, procedures and practices.
We expect children to behave well so that they can flourish as enthusiastic and successful learners. Behaviour which stops the teacher teaching, children learning and causes anyone in the school community to feel unsafe or undermined, needs to be addressed and corrected.
The children are expected to behave to a high standard, so that they are willing and ready to learn. Members of staff endeavour to recognise and praise such behaviour as much as possible.
All children must have a clear understanding of what is and what is not acceptable in behaviour. All the children in the school must know and understand these principles. Children in their classes, and the School Council should be involved in negotiating these and reviewing them periodically. The outcomes of these discussions become the class rules and the school rules. Our most recent discussions drew up the following list of our school rules:
- Love others, put others before yourself
- Be positive and try your best
- Use kind hands, kind feet and kind words
- Make safe choices
- Respect school property
We remember a key word from each rule to help us – Love, Try, Kind, Safe, Respect
The children must understand that if their behaviour falls outside what is expected they will bring consequences upon themselves. It is important for all to realise that they are responsible for their own actions. Making the wrong choices will lead to unpleasant consequences for the child, whether that be missing playtime or an experience they were looking forward to, or simply learning to recognise the feeling inside that comes from having disappointed someone, and then wanting to work to re-earn that person’s trust or pride in them.
What Constitutes Inappropriate Behaviour?
We believe that it is essential to distinguish between a bad child and bad behaviour. Under no circumstances should a child ever be told that (s)he is naughty/bad/defiant. A distinction must be drawn between the child and the behaviour. While is it perfectly acceptable to say, “You are behaving badly” or “that was the wrong choice you made,” no child must be told “You are bad.” Bad behaviour can be rectified, but labelling the actual child as ‘bad’ implies that there is no hope and no redeeming aspect of that person. Similarly, when a child has done something well, we endeavour to build them up by praising their behaviour, identifying the skill they have used so they recognise it and can use it again. “Well done! I like the way you showed such self-control.”
When children overstep boundaries or make poor choices, it is important to correct them, so that they can know they have done something wrong and so that they can learn from their mistakes. Normally this can be done with a look from the teacher or a quiet word to them. In the vast majority of cases this will prevent further recurrence.
When children are showing repeated inappropriate behaviour, the first thing to be done is look for the reason. Generally reasons fall into the following categories, which require different approaches. These are external influences:
- Short term factors – illness/tiredness/over-excitement/attention seeking etc.
- Inappropriate work being set – too hard, too easy. The best way to achieve good behaviour is to provide children with stimulating, high quality learning activities and an environment in which they want to please and do well.
- Problems at home – it is vital to forge strong, mutually supportive relationships with home, and we encourage parents and carers to let us know if there are changes going on at home as these may affect their child’s behaviour.
- Making the wrong choices through lack of understanding.
- Deliberately/defiantly making the wrong choices.
If the inappropriate behaviour is because of poor understanding of what constitutes a right and wrong way to behave, then more complex strategies are required. It may be necessary to involve the SENCo and/or outside agencies such as the Primary Behaviour Service to help the child to understand what is and is not acceptable behaviour. The involvement of parents is always sought at an early stage.
For more information, please follow the links below to view our Behaviour Policy and Bullying Policy.