At Awsworth Primary & Nursery School we endeavour to:
These expectations have been formulated with the safety and well-being of the pupils in mind, and to create and maintain a happy, safe environment in which children can learn.
Awsworth Primary & Nursery School follows a positive inclusion system. Part of this requires all pupils to adhere to an expected level of behaviour as deemed appropriate to the individual.
If at anytime a pupil repeatedly causes disruption in class, which results in the learning of the other children being adversely affected, then all parties will have to consider the appropriateness of the child being in the classroom and ultimately in school. The school will try their hardest to work with any pupil presenting challenging behaviour, but following all reasonable measures, reserve the right to put the majority of children first.
This policy applies when the children are:
Rights Respecting School
We are a Rights Respecting school and our approach to behaviour supports the following articles from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:
Article 12 - Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.
Article 19 - Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and
mistreatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.
Article 28 - Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. Secondary education must be available to
every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s human dignity. Wealthy countries must help poorer countries
Article 29 - Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for
human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
Article 30 - Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family whether or not these are
shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.
Article 31 - Every child has the right to relax, play and join in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
Rewards & Praise for Good Behaviour
All members of the school community work together to create and manage a well-organised learning environment, as this decreases the potential for problems and conflicts. A major part of our Home School Agreement is to encourage the children to practise good behaviour by operating a system of praise and reward. This is for all our pupils.
Although there are agreed sanctions for pupils who misbehave it is the encouragement of good behaviour, which is far more important than punishment. Staff praise children who behave politely, kindly, sensibly etc. Verbal feedback on behaviour should be given a high priority in and out of class. Appropriate behaviour and positive attitudes should be discussed in P.C.S.H.E. lessons and in school assemblies, with regular reinforcement of the school rules and Rights Respecting values.
Staff use verbal praise, stickers, MarvellousMe messages home and Star of the Week Awards to acknowledge and re-enforce positive behaviour as well as academic achievement. Pupils and staff are able to nominate others who are displaying Rights Respecting behaviour, these are read out in assembly and displayed on leaves on our ‘Rights Tree’. Our day to day Behaviour System is based on rewarding positive behaviour and providing an incentive for it. As well as the rewards above, the children can also earn team points. At the end of each term there will be a team treat for all pupils in the winning team.
Most children respond to this positive approach where their efforts are seen to be valued, and make considerable efforts to improve their work and, where necessary, their behaviour.
If there are children who are not responding to this system, we will work with them and their parents to help them to adhere to it, where possible, and make provision for them to succeed.
There will be times when children choose to let themselves and the school down with unacceptable behaviour. Our Behaviour Policy states these boundaries firmly and clearly.
Minor breaches of discipline are generally dealt with by the Class Teacher in a caring, supportive and fair manner, with some flexibility taking into consideration the age of the child, as far as sanctions are concerned. The following sanctions are applied:
Parents will be involved at the earliest possible stage, if problems are persistent or recurring.
We strive to use a range of strategies to deal with all situations but sometimes physical intervention, as a last resort, is necessary. Physical interventions must only be used in the best interests of, or out of necessity for, the child or young person. Parents and carers will be informed if this happens. Any physical intervention must be reasonable and proportionate to the circumstance and always be conducted in relation to the child or young person’s age, gender, size, health, stage of development and other relevant factors.
The school may decide that if a very serious problem arises the normal procedure may be abandoned with a child being taken home straight away. Physical aggression towards any member of our school community may result in an exclusion. Any child who is found to have made malicious allegations, against a member of school staff, will be dealt with in line with our school rules and in partnership with parents.
At lunchtime, supervision is carried out by the Senior Mid-day Supervisor, a team of Mid-day Supervisors, members of teaching staff and the Head Teacher. The Senior Supervisor can refer to the Head Teacher if necessary. The Senior Supervisor and Mid-day supervisors are expected to maintain order. Usually this consists of reminding children of the standard of behaviour expected. Mid-day Supervisors give out stickers to well-behaved pupils. If children have their name recorded in the lunch time behaviour book they are spoken to by the Senior Mid-day Supervisor.
Persistent or serious misbehaviour at lunchtime is brought to the attention of the Head Teacher. This results in loss of privileges and playtimes. Parents will be informed if there is no improvement in behaviour and the child will be excluded from the premises at lunchtime for a fixed time. This will be followed, if necessary, by permanent exclusion. The Head Teacher records incidents.
The Mid-day Supervisors must be treated with the respect expected by all adults at our school. Verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated.
Guidance for promoting positive behaviour
At all times staff should encourage good behaviour through praise, rewards and example. No member of staff must in any way physically punish a child.
If there is a need for sanctions then the following may be used, depending on each child’s needs:
Parents can help:
This school does not tolerate racism or other discriminatory name calling or action. The staff of the school pursue an active policy of careful monitoring to ensure as far as possible, that all children enjoy equal opportunities in the activities of the school, regardless of gender, creed, background and appropriate ability. The teaching methods encourage awareness and appreciation of ethnic differences, cultural diversity and racial equality. We aim to prepare pupils for life in a world where they will meet, live and work with people of different cultures, religions, languages, and ethnic backgrounds. We are committed to combating racial discrimination across the whole school community, which includes pupils, all staff, parents/carers, governors and visitors.
Racist behaviour is defined as conduct or words which advantage or disadvantage people because of their race, colour, culture or ethnic origin.
Racist incidents are any incidents which are perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.
Racist incidents comprise all those unwanted actions, by a person or group, directed at people of different ethnic origins, which cause humiliation, offence or distress or interfere with their performance, or create an unpleasant working environment and which are motivated by racial considerations.
As such, they may:
The behaviour associated with racial incidents may involve:
We recognise that:
Children and parents are encouraged to share any worries they have at an early stage so that action can be taken immediately. Children may choose to talk to any member of staff.
Parents are encouraged to inform their child’s teacher or the Head Teacher of any concerns they have. Any report will be investigated and taken seriously. Complainants will be informed of the outcome.
Personal Organiser – Home School Agreement
Equal Opportunities Policy
Child Friendly Anti Bullying Policy
Physical Intervention Policy
Whistle Blowing Policy
Behaviour Lead: Mr Baxter
Behaviour Governor: Mrs Reed