Pupil Behaviour and Discipline Policy
Our Mission Statement
The aim of our school is to enable every child to grow intellectually, morally, spiritually and physically in a caring Christian community. We seek to help children achieve their full potential by encouraging a love of learning and the development of self-esteem and confidence. As a Church school we aim to develop Christian values and foster a respect for other people and their beliefs, as positive participants in the world community.
It is a primary aim of Warter C.E. Primary School that every member of the school community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. Warter Church of England School’s behaviour policy is informed by Christian Values which underpin every aspect of the community’s life and work, including the curriculum. These values are rooted in the teaching of Jesus Christ. Central to the behaviour policy in our church school are Jesus’ words recorded in the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew:
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Widely known as ‘The Golden Rule’, this teaching will normally replace a set of school rules.
We expect the children to reflect our school Christian values of:
RESPECT, FRIENDSHIP and HOPE alongside the “Golden Rule”.
The aims of our Behaviour Policy are to:
(Values are highlighted in bold type)
- foster a positive and compassionate environment in which all children can flourish and reach their full potential,
- develop relationships based on respect, generosity, integrity and trust between all members of the school community, including parents and members of the Governing Body,
- raise awareness of desired standards of behaviour by celebrating and rewarding occasions when children have been 'Values Champions' (i.e. have demonstrated values in practical ways),
- ensure that there is clarity about the procedures and sanctions agreed by all stakeholders,
- give children the confidence that issues relating to behaviour will be referred back to the Golden Rule and the school’s Christian values.
As a direct consequence of the Behaviour Policy:
- build strong relationships
- experience what it means to live as a member of an open, generous and forgiving community
- benefit from a calm and secure learning environment
- be fully involved in regular reviews of the Behaviour Policy (through School Council ,Circle time, PSCHE lessons)
- model forgiveness and the possibility of restoration and a new beginning in their relationships with both adults and children.
- be able to convey clearly and with confidence expectations of behaviour
- benefit from a calm and secure environment in which to teach effectively
- build positive relationships with parents and the whole school community
- develop personally and professionally
- be fully informed about the school's ethos, core Christian values and the Behaviour Policy
- feel confident that all the decisions regarding behaviour are just, unbiased, and informed by the Golden Rule and the school's values
- be confident that their child is developing personally, socially and academically
- be offered opportunities to explore further the schools’ values at home; for example through the publication Home School Values
- feel welcome in school to discuss their child's progress in a positive atmosphere.
The governing body has the responsibility of setting down these general guidelines on standards of discipline and behaviour, and of reviewing their effectiveness. The governors support the Head teacher in adhering to these guidelines.
The Head teacher has the day-to-day authority to implement the school’s policy on behaviour and discipline, but governors may give advice to the Head teacher about particular disciplinary issues. The Head teacher must take this into account when making decisions about matters of behaviour.
- Support the implementation of the behaviour policy in school.
- Monitor the behaviour and discipline in school through the Curriculum Committee.
Response to Good Behaviour
- On Friday morning each week the Celebration Worship is held in school. During this Worship the children are rewarded for good behaviour, positive attitudes, progress in learning and attainment. The children who are to be celebrated are invited to the headteacher’s breakfast each Friday morning prior to our Celebration Worship in the form of a letter sent from school.
- Values Champions: Each class decides on their Values Champion weekly. This champion will reflect the school’s values of: friendship, respect and hope or the focused Christian Value of the term. The weekly Values Champion is awarded a certificate during our Celebration Worship and recorded in the Golden Book. The Golden Book is available in the school entrance for everyone to share.
- Verbal praise and positive comments: Praise and positive comments will be given readily. Class and supply teachers, lunchtime supervisors and support teachers will be encouraged to comment on good behaviour using the 'values language' in order that children understand what the value, eg compassion, looks like in practice.
- Class Values Tree: At the start of the term, children decide on their aspirations for living out aspects of the value in focus and write them on the leaves of the Values Tree
- Class Values Tokens: Each of the four school houses has a tube on the hall wall. When a child demonstrates the value, a token is placed in the tube. The first house team to have the most tokens over half term can choose a reward. The number of tokens achieved each week will be reported on the website to encourage family support and weeky during our Celebration Worship.
Response to Inappropriate Behaviour
When dealing with behaviour that falls below the expected standard throughout the school, adults will:
- use the Golden Rule as the starting point to challenge the child on how he/she would have felt if he/she had been on the receiving end of the behaviour in question,and encourage the child to feel empathy
- ensure that the child understands why his/her behaviour is not appropriate
- seek to avoid confrontation and demonstrate compassion through active listening and forgiveness where there is an acknowledgement of wrong doing.
- establish the facts and reserve initial judgement
- use punishments sparingly; a removal of privileges will be used as the principal sanction
- remember that quiet, personal, explicit reprimands are preferable to general criticism of whole groups
- provide children with the opportunity to make amends, reminding them that it is their behaviour, not themselves, that is unacceptable
When dealing with behaviour that falls below the expected standard within the classroom, teachers will:
- deal with classroom problems, whenever possible, within the classroom
- require unacceptable work to be repeated
- expect a child to make up for wasted time during his/her free time; e.g. at break or dinner time
- inform parents if equipment is deliberately damaged and invite them to replace it
- use the ‘ask, tell, send’ approach. (Ask – Ask child to behave, reminding him/her of appropriate behaviour. Tell – Tell the child to behave appropriately eg I’ve asked you to sit quietly, now I’m telling you to sit quietly… Send – If the child continues to misbehave, he/she is sent to another area of the classroom for a ‘Time Out’ session. When the teacher has an opportunity he/she will then speak to the child calmly about his/her behaviour. If inappropriate behaviour continues, the child will be sent to SLT.)
Fixed-term and Permanent Exclusions
We do not wish to exclude any child from school, but sometimes this may be necessary. The school has therefore adopted the Government Guidance on exclusions.
Only the Head teacher has the power to exclude a child from school. The Head teacher may exclude a child for one or more fixed periods, for up to 45 days in any one school year. In extreme and exceptional circumstances the Head teacher may exclude a child permanently. It is also possible for the Head teacher to convert a fixed-term exclusion into a permanent exclusion, if the circumstances warrant this.
If the Head teacher excludes a child, s/he informs the parents immediately, giving reasons for the exclusion. At the same time, the Head teacher makes it clear to the parents that they can, if they wish, appeal against the decision to the governing body. The school informs the parents how to make any such appeal.
The Head teacher informs the LA and the governing body about any permanent exclusion, and about any fixed-term exclusions beyond five days in any one term.
The governing body itself cannot either exclude a child or extend the exclusion period made by the Head teacher.
The governing body has a discipline committee which is made up of between three and five members. This committee considers any exclusion appeals on behalf of the governors.
When an appeals panel meets to consider an exclusion, they consider the circumstances in which the child was excluded, consider any representation by parents and the LA, and consider whether the child should be reinstated.
If the governors’ appeals panel decides that a child should be reinstated, the Head teacher must comply with this ruling.
Drug- and alcohol-related incidents
It is the policy of this school that no child should bring any drug, legal or illegal, to school. If a child will need medication during the school day the parent or guardian should notify the school and ask permission for the medication to be brought. This should be taken directly to the school office for safekeeping. Any medication needed by a child while in school must be taken under the supervision of a teacher or other adult worker.
The school will take very seriously misuse of any substances such as glue, other solvents, or alcohol. The parents or guardians of any child involved will always be notified. Any child who deliberately brings substances into school for the purpose of misuse will be punished by a fixed-term exclusion. If the offence is repeated, the child will be permanently excluded, and the police and social services will be informed.
If any child is found to be suffering from the effects of alcohol or other substances, arrangements will be made for that child to be taken home.
It is forbidden for anyone, adult or child, to bring onto the school premises illegal drugs. Any child who is found to have brought to school any type of illegal substance will be punished by a temporary exclusion. The child will not be readmitted to the school until a parent or guardian of the child has visited the school and discussed the seriousness of the incident with the Head teacher.
If the offence is repeated the child will be permanently excluded.
If a child is found to have deliberately brought illegal substances into school, and is found to be distributing these to other pupils for money, the child will be permanently excluded from the school. The police and social services will also be informed.
Behaviour and Discipline Committee
The Behaviour and Discipline Committee meet according to the requirements and recommendations of the ‘The Guidance for Members of Behaviour and Discipline Committees and Pupil Discipline Committees’.
Types of Committee Meeting;
- Fixed term exclusion meetings.
- Permanent exclusion meetings.
- Monitoring meetings.
Monitoring and review
The Head teacher monitors the effectiveness of this policy on a regular basis. She also reports to the governing body on the effectiveness of the policy and, if necessary, makes recommendations for further improvements.
The school keeps a variety of records concerning incidents of misbehaviour. The class teacher records minor classroom incidents. The Head teacher records those incidents where a child is sent to her on account of bad behaviour. We also keep a record of any incidents that occur at break or lunchtimes: lunchtime supervisors give written details of any incident in the incidents book that we keep in the staff room.
The Head teacher keeps a record of any child who is suspended for a fixed-term, or who is permanently excluded.
It is the responsibility of the governing body to monitor the rate of suspensions and exclusions, and to ensure that the school policy is administered fairly and consistently. The governing body will pay particular attention to matters of racial equality; it will seeks to ensure that the school abides by Equality Duty Framework and that no child is treated unfairly because of race, ethnic background or disability.
The governing body reviews this policy every two years. The governors may, however, review the policy earlier than this if the government introduces new regulations, or if the governing body receives recommendations on how the policy might be improved.
This policy has been written following consultation with staff and Governors of the Behaviour and Discipline Committee. We have paid particular attention to the assertive discipline approach.
This is policy should not be read in isolation but should be coupled with the aims and ethos of the school.
It is hoped that this policy reflects what is currently good practice and will be amended and reviewed in the light of new initiatives or legislation.
Headteacher : Alison Metcalfe
Chair of Governors: Debbie Potter
Autumn Term 2016