This policy outlines the underlying philosophy, purpose, nature, organisation and management of pupil behaviour at Woodthorpe Primary School. It is a working document designed to enhance the development of positive relationships.
We always try to focus on positive behaviour, and reward children for this.
Whole School Rewards:
Mentions in good work assemblies
Pupils going onto gold for the day
Children within Year Six who constantly behave in an appropriate manner will be awarded the title of prefect.
Pupils receive house points for their team.
Jobs of responsibility
Extra Playtime minutes
Class rewards are all given at the discretion of the class teacher and tailored to the motivational interests of the children and therefore change from class to class.
Whenever dealing with poor behaviour we always separate the behaviour from the child.
De-escalation strategies should be used whenever it becomes apparent that a child is having difficulty behaving.
The school’s behaviour system revolves around a visible traffic light system within each class. Each child starts the day on green. If throughout the day they do something that warrants a sanction, they are asked to move their name to yellow or red. Children can accumulate more than one ‘red’ in one day.
Strategies such as minutes from playtimes, visits to a calming down class, loss of class privileges or personalised strategies tailored to a child’s needs are all at the discretion of the class teacher.
|Number of times on Red||Action||Responsibility|
|1-6||Notification sent home for parents to sign and return.||Class Teacher|
|3||Class Teacher contacts parents to discuss behaviour and to consider supportive strategies.||Class Teacher|
|4||Notifications continue to be sent home to parents for them to sign and return but the pastoral team also contact parents to discuss what support can be given. The pastoral team also meet with the child frequently to discuss their behaviour and consider solutions to any barriers for good behaviour.||Class Teacher
|5||Notifications continue to be sent home to parents for them to sign and return. A member of the SLT contacts parents to discuss behaviour and possible support.||Class Teacher
|6TH TIME ON RED||Fixed term or permanently exclusion.||Headteacher|
Children in KS1 start each half-term on a fresh start of 0 reds.
Children in KS2 start each term on a fresh start of 0 reds.
The use of exclusions
DfE ‘Exclusion from maintained schools, Academies and pupil referral units in England 2012
‘Good discipline in schools is essential to ensure that all pupils can benefit from the opportunities provided by education. The Government supports headteachers in using exclusion as a sanction where it is warranted.’
‘A decision to exclude a pupil permanently should only be taken:
• in response to serious or persistent breaches of the school’s behaviour policy; and
• where allowing the pupil to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupils or others in the school’.
|Fixed term exclusion||Times on red||Number of days excluded|
After 45 days of exclusion in any one academic year, the school recognises that it is likely to have
exhausted the strategies available to it to deal with the persistent disruption to the learning of others
presented by these children. In addition it would be unlikely that the school could offer any other reasonable support. At this point the Headteacher would be likely to look at a permanent exclusion.
Outside of the school gate
Where bad behaviour occurs when a child is travelling to and from school, the school reserves the right to implement the school behaviour policy, this may or may not include a fixed term or permanent exclusion, particularly in relation to violent conduct e.g. a physical assault or bullying incidents.
Recording, Monitoring and Evaluating Behaviour
It is the class teacher’s responsibility to make sure that detailed records are kept and forms sent home to parents / returned. Whenever a child is given their first ‘red’, a behaviour record needs to be started by the class teacher. This then needs to be updated with any future incidents.
Behaviours that warrant a child moving their name to yellow on the school tracker
Running in the corridors
Talking repeatedly whilst on the carpet
Pushing in lines
Talking in assembly
Rudeness to adults
Time wasting / work avoidance
Leaving class without permission (drifting)
Talking over adult / other children
Distracting behaviour (poking, noises, fiddling with equipment, etc)
Children in classroom when they should not be
Repeatedly forgetting homework (KS2)
Repeatedly forgetting PE kit (KS2)
Phones in school
Swearing – reported by a child
Doing something when asked not to
Shouting in the dinner hall
Behaviours that warrant a pupil moving their name to red
Violence towards person or object
Deliberately winding up of known (angry) children
Laughing/smirking/tutting/rolling eyes when staff are speaking/warning
Repeated insults/antagonising – potentially bullying
Inappropriate material in school (rude songs on phone, banned items)
Deliberate insolence (ignoring direct instructions from teacher)
Swearing (overheard by an adult)
Behaviours that warrant exclusion
Serious incidents/persistent offences
Swearing at adult
Physical violence towards an adult
Serious violence towards a child
Leaving class in temper/disobeying teacher
Persistent refusal to comply
Inappropriate sexual behaviour
Homophobic comments at a pupil or member of staff