At Stafford Leys, we believe that:
- school should be a happy, caring place where children can feel secure and untroubled
- every child should be taught to have concern for others and their property
- we should encourage the feeling of community and responsibility
We use strategies which support every child to make good decisions about their behaviour and help our whole school community to learn in an environment which is supportive and positive.
Our school rules
We have a simple set of school rules which are:
- Follow instructions the first time you are asked
- Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
- Speak pleasantly to everyone at all times (KS2 using appropriate language)
- Listen carefully and take turns in speaking
- Get on with your work and allow others to do theirs
Pupils are expected to:
- Behave in an orderly and self-controlled way
- Show respect to members of staff and each other
- In class, make it possible for all pupils to learn
- Move quietly around the school
- Treat the school buildings and school property with respect
- Wear the correct uniform at all times
- Understand and accept sanctions when given
- Refrain from behaving in a way that brings the school into disrepute, including when outside school
- Show Learning Behaviours which match our school ethos (Stay focused, learn from mistakes, develop a love of learning, release their imagination, ask questions, give it a go, operate as a team and never give up)
Rewards and Sanctions
At Stafford Leys, we place great emphasis on good behaviour and we believe that it is best promoted by the use of rewards.
Good to be Green
We use the Good to be Green system. All classes have a display wallet with every child in the class displayed. All children start the day with a green card with the aim to remain green all day or receive an additional award, such as a gold or silver card. If a child does not choose to follow the school rules then the sanction cards will be used. Cards are reset back to green at lunchtime and at the end of the school day.
We use a range of age appropriate strategies and reward systems to promote good behaviour in school. These include;
- Celebration sessions and assemblies to promote and recognise positive behaviour.
- Phone calls, postcards and/or emails to parents to share positive examples of behaviour demonstrated by a child.
- Marbles in the jar/smiley faces on the board with an agreed reward when the jar is full. (10 smiley faces on the board in the EYFS, 20 marbles in KS1 and KS2).
- Pom poms in EYFS and KS1 and house points in KS2.
- House awards e.g. extra playtime or a film session.
- Silver and gold cards as part of the Good to be Green system.
By emphasising and celebrating the positive aspects, we will motivate and encourage our children to behave in an acceptable way.
At classroom level, teachers will use their professional skills to deal with any incidents of inappropriate behaviour.
There will be occasions when we will need to use sanctions when children have not followed the school rules. Staff at the school will take a staged approach to sanctions. The children will be made aware of the consequences of breaking the rules, and following a warning, there will be a clear sequence of sanctions.
When appropriate, particularly if a child is recognised as having special educational needs, we may use an individually designated area to support their behaviour. Providing it is safe to do so, such as having sufficient staffing, pupils may be sent to their designated area during lessons if they require ‘time out’ or an opportunity to calm down, and they will be expected to complete the same work as they would in class.
The sanctions we use in school are entwined with the Good to Be Green system and are as follows;
- Verbal warning
- Orange card
- A phone call home to inform parents will be completed if any of the sanctions below are required.
- Red card (Miss part of playtime – 2 minutes in EYFS and KS1, 4 minutes in year 3/4 and 6 minutes in year 5/6).
- Sent to another classroom in the phase.
- Sent to a Deputy Headteacher
- Sent to the Headteacher
At Stafford Leys, we believe that:
- Sanctions must be consistent, fair to all and carried out as soon as possible after the incident.
- It is important not to punish a whole group of children for the poor behaviour of some children.
- Where possible, staff will talk on a one-to-one basis with the child to discuss the incident.
- We aim to Praise in Public (PIP) and Reprimand in Private (RIP)
- If a punishment is appropriate e.g. loss of break time, a phone call home, we aim for it to be carried out by the staff member who has given it.
Behaviour Management in the classroom
Teaching and support staff are responsible for setting the tone and context for positive behaviour within the classroom.
- Create and maintain a stimulating environment that encourages pupils to be engaged
- Display the pupil code of conduct and a copy of the school rules
- Develop a positive relationship with pupils, which may include:
- Greeting pupils in the morning/at the start of lessons
- Establishing clear routines
- Communicating expectations of behaviour in ways other than verbally
- Highlighting and promoting good behaviour
- Concluding the day positively and starting the next day afresh
- Having a plan for dealing with low-level disruption
- Using positive reinforcement
At Stafford Leys, we recognise our duty to prevent pupils with a protected characteristic from being at a disadvantage. Consequently, our approach to challenging behaviour may be differentiated to cater to the individual needs of a pupil where there are additional needs.