Behaviour and Discipline Policy


As a Church School we are committed to our Christian ethos. We aim to follow in the footsteps of Jesus through our St Mary’s Steps to Success:

  • Love
  • Respect
  • Friendship
  • Forgiveness
  • Resilience

The Purpose of this policy is:

  • to maintain levels of good behaviour
  • to provide a consistent approach in rewarding good behaviour
  • to provide a consistent approach in responding to unacceptable behaviour
  • to ensure that behaviour does not inhibit learning or impede potential
  • to promote good behaviour for learning
  • to provide an inclusive environment for all pupils regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation and religion

What is behaviour for learning?

When effective behaviour for learning is in place children are actively engaged in the lesson. This enables children to make maximum progress and achieve work of a high standard.  All children are able to work well independently, and as part of a team, to further their learning and build quality working relationships.

Aims and Expectations

  • To ensure that every member of the school community feels valued and respected, and to promote an environment where everyone feels happy, safe, stimulated and secure.
  • To promote good relationships, so that people can work together with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn.
  • To behave in a considerate way towards others and take responsibility for their actions
  • We treat all children fairly and apply this behaviour policy in a consistent way
  • To help children become positive, responsible and increasingly independent members of the school community.
  • To promote a positive ethos and climate in the school.
  • To provide a learning environment, which will promote good behaviour.
  • To ensure that the school’s expectations and strategies are widely known and understood.
  • To encourage the involvement of both home and school in the implementation of this policy.

Class Mission Statements

Each class writes a mission statement at the beginning of the school year. Throughout the year the mission statements can be used as the basis for discussions on behaviour in the class when appropriate.

Restorative Practices

Being restorative means that members of staff resolve matters alongside students. With this approach you signal that the behaviour is unacceptable, but you engage both parties in helping resolve the problem constructively, encouraging children to accept responsibility for their actions. If you bring together the students involved in an incident and create a space for respectful dialogue in which you act as facilitator, you are being restorative; you do things with students.  We are so used to thinking that punishment is the only way to teach the lesson, we forget to think about exactly what lesson we want the individual/s to learn. These outcomes stand a greater chance of success if ‘fair process’ is considered. This means that they are more ready to accept the consequences.

Situations are resolved using the Restorative Practice questions. Each person involved in the event has the same opportunity to respond to the same questions:

  • What happened?
  • What were you thinking about at the time?
  • What have your thoughts been since?
  • Who has been affected by what you did?
  • In what way have they been affected?
  • What do you think needs to happen next?

Children should never be asked ‘Why?’ Many children don’t know or cannot articulate the reason for their behaviour. It is more important for them to understand how their behaviour has affected others.

Circles:

These are an integral part of the restorative process.  In a circle everyone is equal and everyone has a voice. They may be used in resolving disputes, as part of daily curriculum lessons, to play games, as well as providing an opportunity to share experiences and ideas.

Assertive Mentoring

‘Attitude’ is carefully tracked with children each half term as part of the assertive mentoring meeting. This includes attendance, punctuality, behaviour, effort, homework and uniform. Each area is colour coded:

Green – excellent/very good,

Yellow – acceptable/satisfactory,

Red – unacceptable

The school communicates to parents about how well children have performed in each of these areas using the half termly report card.

The role of staff

The staff in our school have high expectations of the children in terms of behaviour, and they strive to ensure that all children work to the best of their ability. All children are treated with respect and understanding.

As adults we should aim to:

  • create a positive climate with realistic expectations;
  • emphasise the importance of being valued as an individual within the group;
  • promote, through example, honesty and courtesy;
  • provide a caring and effective learning environment;
  • encourage relationships based on kindness, respect and understanding of the needs of others;
  • ensure fair treatment for all

The role of the Head Teacher

It is the responsibility of the Headteacher, Education and Inspections Act 2006, to implement the school behaviour policy consistently throughout the school, and to report to governors, when requested, on the effectiveness of the policy. It is also the responsibility of the Headteacher to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all children in the school. The Headteacher supports the staff by implementing the policy, by setting the standards of behaviour, and by supporting staff in the implementation of the policy. The Headteacher keeps records of all reported serious incidents of misbehaviour. The Headteacher has the responsibility for giving fixed-term exclusions to individual children for serious acts of misbehaviour. For repeated or very serious acts of anti-social behaviour, the Headteacher may permanently exclude a child. Both these actions are only taken after the Chair of Governors has been notified.

The role of parents

The school works collaboratively with parents, so children receive consistent messages about how to behave at home and at school.

We expect parents to support their child’s learning, and to co-operate with the school, as set out in the behaviour and discipline policy.  We aim to build a supportive dialogue between the home and the school, and we inform parent/carer immediately if we have concerns about their child’s welfare or behaviour.  If a child receives a time out, a letter will be sent to the parent/carer informing them of the incident.  The letter will offer the parent/carer the opportunity to call in and speak about the incident to the class teacher.  A reply slip at the bottom of the letter should be sent back to inform the school that the parent/carer has spoken to their child about the incident.

If the school has to use reasonable sanctions to punish a child it is essential that parent/carer should support the actions of the school. If parents have any concern about the way that their child has been treated, they should contact the Headteacher and then the school governors. If these discussions cannot resolve the problem, a formal grievance or appeal process can be implemented.

The role of governors

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 Headteacher in carrying out these guidelines

The Headteacher has the day-to-day authority to implement the school behaviour and discipline policy, but governors may give advice to the Headteacher about particular disciplinary issues. The Headteacher must take this into account when making decisions about matters of behaviour.

Fixed term and permanent exclusions

Only the Headteacher (or the acting Headteacher) has the power to exclude a pupil from school.  The Headteacher may exclude a pupil for one or more fixed periods, for up to 45 days in any one school year.

If the Headteacher excludes a pupil, s/he informs the parents immediately, giving reasons for the exclusion.  At the same time, the Headteacher 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.

Rewards

Postcards can be sent home telling parents/carers of outstanding behaviour, attitude or work.

Pupils can be sent to share outstanding behaviour, attitude or work with the Headteacher.

Stickers can be rewarded to children at any point of the day for outstanding behaviour, attitude or work.

For example:

  • Particularly good work/effort
  • Displaying good manners
  • Displaying a caring attitude towards others
  • Staying on task…

The stickers will be recorded in a sticker album.

25 = bronze certificate from class teacher / teaching assistant

50 = silver certificate from the Deputy – to be presented in Friday assembly

100 = gold certificate from the Head – to be presented in Friday assembly

Parents/carers will be invited to this assembly if their child is to be awarded a gold certificate.

For every additional 100 stickers, a different prize will be awarded along with the certificate.

Children can also use stickers as currency to ‘buy’ items of stationery from the school shop.

Once awarded, a sticker can never be deducted.

Stickers are intended to help staff focus on positive rather than negative behaviour e.g. if a child is continuing to stay on task when a partner is trying to distract him, staff may choose to reward the child on task rather than apply a sanction to the child who is not.

Bronze/Silver/Gold cards

These are awarded in class to a pupil who has excelled based on their own individual abilities, both pastorally and academically. If all 3 cards are achieved in one day the child will receive a certificate from the Headteacher.

Merits

To be awarded for a particular subject / theme in Friday assembly – up to 2 children chosen.

An additional ‘superhero’ should be presented under a theme chosen by the teacher/teaching assistant.

Children are awarded a certificate and their photograph displayed.

Marble jar

This is to be used as a class reward – once the total has been reached (EYRS/KS1 50) KS2 (100) a class reward can take place (decided by the class). This should last no longer than one hour.

Examples could include: an extra play, games in class, a short film, a mini party…

Golden Tickets

Each week the children in each class choose a golden ticket winner.  The child elected is then presented with 2 golden tickets – one to take home and one to be displayed on the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory board outside the hall.

Good to be Gold stickers

A random week will be chosen each half term to award those children who don’t receive a yellow or red card that week with a Good to be Gold sticker. These children will be acknowledged in the Friday celebration worship.

Good to be green postcards

These postcards will be sent at intervals across the year to highlight pupils in the class who have made a particular improvement, or significant effort.  These are posted to the pupil’s homes direct from school.

Headteacher’s award

This award is presented at Friday’s celebration when a child has stood out for a particularly good attitude or behaviour.  This may not be presented every week.

Bronze, Silver, Gold HT certificates

These are presented by the HT for work that is beyond the usual standard of the child. These are given in order as the number of pieces reaching this standard increases.

SMASH awards

At the end of each term, teachers nominate a child from their class to receive a trophy and certificate from SMASH for excellent behaviour and an outstanding attitude to their learning.

Classroom Consequences

Using the ‘Good to be Green’ system:

Verbal warning or a Stop & Think card

The card could be used as a prompt without the teacher having to stop the flow of the lesson.

Yellow card follows the initial warning

Red card/red letter

  • If a child reaches this step the behaviour must be recorded on CPOMS. A behaviour resulting in a child being physically hurt automatically progresses to this stage. Administrators should be copied into the CPOMS entry.
  • Lunchtime detention of up to 20 minutes supervised by a member of SLT.
  • The incident is relayed to the child’s parent verbally or via a red card letter which is sent home with the child, to be returned to the class teacher, and accompanied by a text. Either option is recorded as a red card on CPOMS.

A red card can be issued for the following:

  • Aggressive behaviour (verbal and physical)
  • Discriminating against another person by using terminology linked to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or any other key characteristic.
  • Repeated low level disruptive behaviour
  • Not following instructions
  • Insolent, rude behaviour
  • Disturbing other children at work, or at play

Reached for one major incident or 2 red cards in one day/ 3 yellow cards in one day (for example)

Orange letter

Child is removed from the classroom (Time out)

  • Child escorted to Headteacher or Deputy Head.
  • Up to half a day working alone without causing disturbance.
  • Record on CPOMS.
  • Parents informed of isolation by letter.

Outside the classroom (eg assembly/playtime/lunchtime/PE):

A red card is noted on CPOMS and a member of the SMT is called and the child is brought inside for the remainder of the lunchtime. Further action may be taken depending on the incident. A red card letter is sent home with further contact with home if necessary.

It is essential that at the start of each session each child returns to green.

For a regular inappropriate behaviour:

  • Discussion with Learning Mentor / SENCO: consider School support of the Code of Practice.
  • Begin monitoring to identify areas of concern / possible causes/ appropriate targets.
  • Complete a ‘Behaviour Assessment Profile’ if necessary.
  • Parents informed by letter that behaviour is a cause for concern.
  • Parents discuss concerns agree targets/support.
  • Consider alternative strategies, inform other agencies.
  • Access to extra-curricular/enrichment activity linked to improvement.
  • Access to extra-curricular / enrichment activities dependant on progress.
  • Referral to multi agencies i.e. Behaviour Support/Ed Psych etc.

If repeated red cards are given out (for example 4 in one week):

(Head /Deputy/IM) On Report

  • Teacher completes a Behaviour Assessment Profile to identify areas of strength and concern.
  • Meeting with parents/child to agree the way forward.
  • Clear/realistic targets for behaviour agreed (maximum of three).
  • Agree timescale
  • Clear rewards/consequences identified for success/failure (including possible exclusion).
  • Daily feedback to child, weekly feedback to parents.
  • Involvement of all necessary agencies, i.e. Behaviour Support, Educational Psychologist etc.
  • Consider SPR

If targets are achieved remove from report. If report failed, move to next stage.

(Headteacher) Behaviour Contract – a last step before exclusion

  • Clear specific rules which the child must uphold in order to remain in school.
  • Further sanctions an immediate consequence of breaking the contract.
  • Reviewed weekly.

Parents, Chair of Pupil Discipline Committee, Behaviour Support informed if appropriate

If behaviour improves return to report. If not move to next stage.

 (Headteacher) Internal Exclusion (up to 6 days)

This will escalate as follows: 1 day, 2 days, 3 days

  • Child has no contact with own class or classmates.
  • No access to playground, extra-curricular or enrichment activity.
  • Parents, Chair of Pupil Discipline Committee, Behaviour Support informed if appropriate
  • LA informed of likelihood of external exclusion.

If behaviour improves return to class on a Behaviour Contract or report. If not move to next stage.

In the exclusion phase the following graduated exclusion periods will be adhered to.

Fixed Short Term Exclusion (1 day, 3 days, 5 days)

  • Parents/carers, Chair of Pupil Discipline Committee, informed

On return pupil goes on contract for 2 weeks. If behaviour improves remove from Contract. If not move to next stage.

 Fixed Long Term Exclusion (10 days, 12 days, 14 days).

  • Parents/carers, Chair and Clerk of Discipline Committee, informed

Upon return to school or if reinstated child stays on Contract for a minimum of 4 weeks. If behaviour improves remove from Contract. If not move to next stage.

(Pupil Discipline Committee) Permanent Exclusion

  • Parents, Chair and Clerk of Discipline Committee, LA Officer informed.
  • Discipline Committee meet and consider all representations and reports (parents/child may attend).
  • Discipline Committee either reinstate or uphold exclusion.
  • Parents notified of right to appeal.
  • If appeal successful, or reinstated child stays on Contract or PSP for the maximum 20 weeks.
  • If appeal unsuccessful, remove child from school roll.

Serious incidents need to be treated on an individual basis and the circumstances investigated.

In exceptional circumstances permanent exclusion may be considered for a first or ‘one off’ offence. These may include:

  • Serious actual or threatened violence against another pupil or a member of staff;
  • Sexual abuse or assault;
  • Supplying an illegal drug;
  • Carrying an offensive weapon;
  • Serious deliberate damage to school property.

Fixed Term and Permanent Exclusions

Only the Headteacher (or the acting Headteacher) has the power to exclude a pupil from school. The Headteacher may exclude a pupil for one or more fixed periods, for up to 45 days in any one school year. The Headteacher may also exclude a pupil permanently. It is also possible for the Headteacher to convert a fixed-term exclusion into a permanent exclusion, if the circumstances warrant this.

If the Headteacher excludes a pupil, s/he informs the parents immediately, giving reasons for the exclusion. At the same time, the Headteacher 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 Headteacher informs the LA and the governing body about any permanent exclusion, and about all fixed-term exclusions. The governing body itself cannot either exclude a pupil or extend the exclusion period made by the Headteacher. The governing body has a discipline committee which is has three 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 pupil was excluded, consider any representation by parents and the LA, and consider whether the pupil should be reinstated. If the governors’ appeals panel decides that a pupil should be reinstated, the Headteacher must comply with this ruling

Recording and Reporting

It is important records of serious incidents of inappropriate behaviour are recorded using the School online recording keeping system, CPOMS. The following items must be recorded by the member of staff (teaching or support) dealing with each incident.

  • When a child moves to Red.
  • Any incident where a child physically hurts another.
  • Any incident that could be interpreted as racist or homophobic.

Additional Information

No child should ever be ‘sent to the head’ as a sanction, as there is no guarantee that the child will arrive or that the head will be available. If, in exceptional circumstances, a child needs to be removed from class, the head should be sent for, or the child escorted to the Headteacher’s office. If unavailable, the deputy or member of the SLT should be called.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones can only be brought to school in exceptional circumstances. Parents who insist that children require a mobile phone during school hours i.e. for the journey to and from school must seek permission from school. Such requests will be considered on an individual basis. If permission is granted mobile phones must be handed in to the school office upon arrival and collected at the end of the school day. They should never be left in trays or coats or used during school hours.

Reasons: During school hours contact is possible through the school’s land lines. Mobile phones are regarded as hazardous to health. They present an unacceptable disturbance to lessons, potential for theft and cyber bullying.

Personal property

The school cannot accept responsibility for the loss or damage to clothing or personal property. Toys, games and sports equipment must not be brought to school (except on special occasions when the teacher gives permission). Any money brought into school should be handed in as soon as possible and never left in trays, bags or coats.

Reasons: Suitable toys, games and sports equipment are provided for the playground and indoor play. Unsuitable equipment may present a risk to children and present the potential for theft.

Movement in and around School

All staff should see that all children are suitably supervised when moving around the school. Expectations of behaviour of children sent around the school with messages or to show good work should be clearly stated and frequently reinforced by appropriate rewards when followed

Children observed behaving appropriately, politely and considerately, i.e. holding doors, lining up quietly etc, should be thanked and praised.

Monitoring and Review

The Headteacher monitors the effectiveness of this policy on a regular basis. They also report to the governing body on the effectiveness of the policy and, if necessary, makes recommendations for further improvements. The school keeps records of incidents of misbehaviour. The class teacher records minor classroom incidents on individual behaviour logs, the class teacher is responsible for updating behaviour logs. A record is also kept of any incidents that occur at break or lunchtimes, these incidents can be added to the behaviour log. The Headteacher keeps a record of any pupil who is excluded for a fixed-term, or who is permanently excluded. It is the responsibility of the governing body to monitor the rate of exclusions and to ensure that the school policy is administered fairly and consistently.

The governing body will review this policy every two years. They 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 will be reviewed in September 2019.