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A. Rationale

Good behaviour and discipline are the foundations of a happy life. Without an orderly atmosphere, effective teaching and learning cannot take place.

1. Aim

It is the aim of the school to provide a safe, secure environment conducive to effective learning in order for children to achieve their potential.

Children will be encouraged to develop:

• High self-esteem;
• A strong ability to relate to others;
• Self-control, respect and a sense of responsibility;
• Tolerance, empathy and resilience;
• An understanding of how their feelings affect the way they respond and behave.

These important skills can only develop in an atmosphere of support and understanding and it is the duty of all staff and parents to promote this atmosphere and to lead by example. Within this caring atmosphere discipline is firm yet sympathetic.

The main focus of our behaviour management is to praise positive actions by catching the children doing the right thing and rewarding and celebrating their good behaviour.

Each class teacher will work with pupils to create a class charter/code/rules which will outline the sorts of behaviours they want to see in their room that will help to develop respect, tolerance, self-control and a sense of responsibility in the class. This will allow everyone to be able to learn, to be safe and to be happy.

1.1 Children are entitled to:

• A safe and secure environment conducive to effective and stimulating learning;
• Consultation about behaviour guidelines and expectations;
• Adults within school setting a good example;
• Be called by their name and treated as an individual;
• The freedom from physical and verbal abuse in school;
• A fair, consistent, clear and calm approach to discipline from the school;
• A clear set of guidelines and expectations about their behaviour in school;
• The right to express a view and to be heard.

1.2 Adults in the School are entitled to:

• Work and teach throughout the day without undue disruption caused by children’s unacceptable behaviour;
• Insist on a high standard of acceptable behaviour from all;
• Give priority to the needs of the majority of children, whilst at the same time recognising the needs of the individual child;
• Expect parents to help prepare their children to meet the school’s expectations and behave in ways acceptable to the school community;
• Implement agreed sanctions when children behave in unacceptable ways.

2. BEHAVIOUR CODE OF CONDUCT

All members of the school community are expected to treat each other and visitors to the school with respect and courtesy.

R Respect yourself and other people
E Enjoy learning
S Smile
P Persevere when things get tough
E Ensure you come to school ready to learn
C Come to school on time!
T Trust and be trustworthy

The following rights, responsibilities, rules and consequences apply to all children:

2.1 Rights:
• The right to feel safe;
• The right to learn;
• The right to respect and fair treatment.

2.2 Responsibilities:
• Getting to class on time;
• Settling quickly to learning time;
• Being prepared to engage and being involved in learning;
• Seeking teacher or assistant help responsibly, thoughtfully and fairly;
• Appropriate use of voice;
• Caring for equipment/resources/environment.
2.3 Rules:
• Give protection to rights;
• Highlight responsibilities;
• Encourage and remind children of responsibilities;

CORE RULES are few in number and, wherever possible, positive in expression.

2.4 Consequences:
• Indicate where rights are affected or abused;
• Entail responsibility and accountability;
• Are related to the behaviour; are reasonable (in degree of seriousness); keep the respect intact (see sanctions).

As a school we do not tolerate:

• Cyber bullying (see E-Safety Policy);
• Bullying or fighting;
• Physical abuse;
• Bad language or bad manners (being rude or swearing);
• Leaving the classroom without permission.