Behaviour & Discipline Policy

 Lincewood Primary School

Behaviour and Discipline Policy

 Aims

 This policy has been written within a whole school code of behaviour and discipline.  It has involved consultations with teaching and non-teaching staff and pupils.

 At Lincewood Primary School, we:

 Aim to motivate children and raise self esteem;

  • Value achievement and show appreciation of good work and behaviour;
  • Have high expectations with regard to behaviour and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own actions;
  • Aim to provide children irrespective of age, social class, gender, race, religion, academic or physical ability with a learning environment that all pupils respect and which is safe and secure.  In this environment we hope that pupils will feel happy, comfortable and confident.
  • Encourage the child to develop self-discipline, awareness and respect for their own needs and rights and those of others, a caring attitude for people, property and environment.
  • Aim to ensure that all adults present a positive role model for children to follow and ensure a positive atmosphere for learning where everyone can maximise their potential.
  • Feel strongly that it is important for children to receive their education in a stable and ordered environment.  To this end children are expected to be polite, helpful and hard-working.

Whilst our ultimate aim is to promote self-discipline and to offer pupils incentives to work hard and conduct themselves appropriately, we recognise that in certain circumstances, sanctions are considered necessary.  

 Staff Expectations

 Members of the staff at Lincewood have a very important role to play and adhere to the following code of practice:

The whole staff, both teaching and non-teaching must take responsibility in the maintenance of the ethos and discipline in school to provide consistency.

  • Praise where appropriate.
  • Draw attention to good behaviour.  Attention should be focused upon positive attributes.
  • Rules should be expressed positively and their rationale explained. Pupils should also play a part in forming school and classroom rules.
  • A balanced system of rewards and sanctions should be in place.
  • Be disappointed, upset, angry even, at the behaviour and reject that, but not the child who is still valued as a person.
  • Ignore petty, attention-seeking behaviour when it does not significantly infringe classroom rights.
  • Minimise unnecessary confrontation, undue criticism, embarrassment.
  • All responses should be seen to be fair.

Pupil Expectations

 We expect the children at Lincewood Primary School:

  • To address/refer to all members of staff and other pupils politely and by using their name.
  • Be honest and accept responsibility for own actions and belongings.
  • To arrive at school on time, appropriately dressed and with a positive attitude to work.
  • To walk around the school and enter and leave school in an orderly manner.  This also applies to cloakrooms.
  • To remain in control without showing violence at any time.
  • To show kindness and tolerance towards others without bullying mentally, physically or emotionally.
  • To remember good manners saying please, thank you, excuse me.
  • Not to swear or use bad language.
  • Not to interrupt when someone is already talking.
  • To eat sensibly with good manners at the lunch tables.
  • To care for the environment and use the litter bins provided.
  • To care and use school property and equipment correctly and sensibly.
  • To use the toilets properly and always wash hands afterwards.
  • To remain the playground before school and at break and lunchtimes unless it is wet weather or pupils have specifically been given permission to stay in.
  • To never leave the school grounds during school hours unless supervised by a member of staff or collected by an authorised person.
  • To only bring toys and other valuable possessions into school when given permission for sharing times or end of term.
  • To refrain from bringing chewing gum, bubble gum, sweets, crisps and chocolates into school.
  • To wear only the minimum jewellery – watches, small sleeper earrings or studs.
  • To refrain from wearing make-up or nail varnish.

 The children are constantly reminded in a positive way of these guidelines and expectations and are informed of the four basic school rules in assembly on a termly basis.  The school rules and code of conduct are also displayed around the school.

 These are:

 Walk around the school.

  • Keep hands and feet to yourself at all times.
  • Speak to all other children and adults in a polite way.
  • Treat other people how you would like to be treated.

 Classroom Behaviour

 At Lincewood we believe that positive teaching strategies help prevent disruptive behaviour.  Children are given work appropriate to their needs so that self-esteem and confidence will develop, the children then feel an integral part of the school and will not cause disruption.  They will want to come to school and will be able to achieve success.

 In our classrooms:

  • Routines are clearly established.  The children are involved in this process.
  • Children are expected to participate in all activities with a positive attitude.
  • Consistent expectations for learning are set.

These are guides for learning positive behaviour and not just a series of negative statements.  Rules are clearly presented to the class at the earliest opportunity, preferably on the first day of term.  Children are reminded of the rules on a regular basis.  Teachers find opportunities to praise the class for keeping to the rules rather than for pointing out that they are being broken.

 Pupils are made absolutely clear about what is expected of them.

 Tasks are matched to ability to ensure a sense of success for all children.  Learning Intentions are communicated to the children in every lesson and Success Criteria are generated as appropriate, to ensure that children know what, how and why they are learning.

  • Children are listened to and taken seriously.
  • The teacher will learn as much as possible about each child in the class.
  • The teacher will ensure that an emotionally upset child is supported by informing the appropriate people i.e. Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher, Office staff, Learning Support Assistants, Dinner staff, so that inappropriate action can be avoided.
  • The teachers will have the flexibility not to over-react to situations over which the child has very little control e.g. lateness, payment of monies.

 Rewards

 At Lincewood, there is an emphasis on the positive approach to behaviour management.  Pupils will be encouraged and praised and negative criticism avoided.  Where it is considered that criticism is appropriate, it will be constructive in its approach and include advice on how to improve behaviour.

 Reward systems are in place for every pupil in the school and since, as a school, we aim to promote healthy eating, sweets should not be used as a reward.

 House Points

Each child in the school is placed into one of four houses. Children remain in the same house throughout their time at the school and each house is represented by their House Captains (two Year Sixes, elected by the staff as reward for their good conduct throughout their time at school), Vice House Captains (two Year Fours, elected by the middle school) and House Corporals (two Year Twos, elected by Lower School) in order to give a wide representation across the school. The House Captains lead their houses in competitions and events, represent the school in the community and where appropriate, are responsible for selecting potential charities and promoting those charities.  Each house is supported by a member of staff who acts as a Head of House. House points are awarded to individuals for model behaviour, effort in learning and other good deeds. Pupils also participate and compete in competitions and events for house points.

 Positive comments/targets on marked work or in home-school diary

Where appropriate, home school diaries and individual behaviour target books can be used to give pupils and parents positive feedback and encourage home/school liaison.

 Team/table points

Individual teachers may have their own reward systems operating within their classes.  These may be team/table of the week, individual progress points etc.

 Stickers

On occasions, pupils may have shown outstanding behaviour or achievement with a piece of work or activity.  They may then be sent to the Head or Deputy Headteacher to receive praise and a sticker reward.

 Certificates

Certificates for involvement with certain activities and attainment are issued at the end of the school year.  These include:

 Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1:

-       Attendance.

 Key Stage 2:

-       Contributions to school sports events – netball, football, athletics.

-       Contributions to music events – annual music festival attendance.

-       Attendance.

-       Headteacher’s Award.  Awarded to one boy/one girl from Year 6 who has made an outstanding contribution and/or effort to school life.

 ‘Star of the week’ celebration assembly

Every week each teacher selects one child from their class who has shown particular skills or positive attitudes to their learning.  These children are presented with a certificate in front of the whole school in a celebration assembly.

 Intervention Planning and Sanctions

 There are a number of strategies throughout the school to address poor behaviour and teachers are encouraged to develop their own methods which are appropriate to the age group and maturity of their classes.  However, all staff at Lincewood follow the same protocol for intervention where this is necessary.  This is:

  1. Focus on learning

This includes ignoring poor behaviour and noticing children who are on task and learning but it is also vital that the learning is well planned and differentiated so that all children are able to stay on task.

  1. Non verbal interventions

Often looks or a small head movement from the teacher is enough to deter children from further disruption.

  1. Verbal intervention

Although this is meant to be a warning, it is important that it is still linked (as far as possible) to learning or questioning. 

  1. Delay confrontation

Where possible, confrontation should be avoided in front of an ‘audience’.  Children should be given the choice to join in with the learning so that there is a ‘win win’ situation.

  1. Consequences

Consequences of poor behaviour should be based on ‘certainty not severity’.  Children should understand, for instance, that if they are to be kept in a break time, this will definitely happen whether they begin to join in with the lesson or not (i.e. they can’t ‘win back’ their time with good behaviour).

Consequences could include:

-  Loss of break time or lunchtime

Children may be required to stay in for part of their break time or lunch time.  This should always be supervised by the class teacher or, in exceptional circumstances, an LSA.

-  Time out sessions

On rare occasions it is necessary for a pupil who, having had prior warnings, persistently behaves inappropriately and has to be removed from his or her own class, lesson or peer group and sent to another class for a ‘time-out’ session.  The pupil will be required to take some class work with them.  In addition, the pupil may be sent to work independently somewhere, where they will be under close observation and supervision by the Class Teacher, Learning Support Assistant, Inclusion Manager, Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher.

-  Involvement of the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher

Occasionally, it may be necessary to involve the Head or the Deputy Headteacher when a more serious incident has occurred.  Staff will decide when this action is necessary but it should only be considered when other sanctions have been tried and have failed.

-  Tasks as Punishment

For certain pupils, it may be appropriate to issue a task as a punishment for inappropriate behaviour.  This should be a useful task, yet not one that the child particularly enjoys or considers to be a reward.  The teacher, Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher will decide on the nature of the task and when it is to be undertaken.

-  Detention

If persistently poor behaviour occurs in class or in the playground, pupils may be issued with a break time detention.  All teachers are able to issue detentions if they feel it necessary.  However, they should only be given if normal classroom strategies and interventions have failed to have an impact, or where a serious breach of school rules has occurred (repeated detentions for minor misdemeanours can result in the seriousness of the punishment losing its impact). Detentions take place on Tuesday and Thursdays and are supervised by either the Head or Deputy Headteacher. 

Reasons for teachers to issue detentions are:

  1. Persistent defiant behaviour
  2. Disruptive behaviour in assembly
  3. Behaviour that puts others in danger e.g. fighting.
  4. Continuing to break school or classroom rules.
  5. Display of disrespect towards any adult around the school.
  6. Aggressive behaviour – either verbally or physically.

When pupils have received three break time detentions in any half-term, parents/guardians will be contacted by the Class teacher/set teacher (or the person who has initiated the detentions) and a plan of action intended to modify inappropriate behaviour will be discussed.  This will usually result in a behaviour management plan being written for the child.

6.  Closure

Following any intervention (at any level) the incident needs to be discussed or ‘finished’ with the teacher moving back to point 1 of the intervention plan.

Occasionally, specific children do not respond to the above interventions.  When this continues to be a problem (over a period of time) the Inclusion Manager should be notified and other strategies or outside agency interventions should be sought.  These could include:

  • Behaviour Management Plan

A behaviour plan, written by teachers in consultation with Learning Support Assistants, the school Inclusion Manager and parents, will be set up for children whose behaviour continues to give cause for concern. This plan will be implemented by the teacher with support from their Learning Support Assistant and monitored and reviewed as necessary.  All other staff involved with the child will be made aware of the plan.  Parents will be expected to give complete support in implementing the plan.

  • Being placed ‘On Report’

Continued inappropriate behaviour may mean that a pupil will be placed ‘on report’.  This action will only be taken after the nature of the child’s inappropriate behaviour and the frequency of occurrence has been carefully considered and where a class-based behaviour management plan has had little effect.

When a child is placed on report, a list (maximum 4) of short-term behaviour targets will be devised for the child after discussion with parents/guardians.  The child should be clear about how these targets are intended to modify behaviour.  He/she will then require a signature from a member of teaching staff or a midday supervisor for every session during a day to confirm whether or not the targets have been adhered to.  At the end of a week, the parent/guardian will be asked to contact the school to check on the progress of the weekly behaviour report.

  •  Removal of Privileges

A further sanction which will be considered in the event of continued inappropriate behaviour is withholding participation in any school trips or sports events that are not an essential part of the curriculum.

  •  Referral to another agency for support

There are a number of other agencies that the school can refer a child to.  Any child causing concern should be discussed with the Inclusion Manager and, if appropriate, a referral(s) made.

 Lunchtime Behaviour

 During the lunch break we aim to create a stress free time for children and staff where children have the opportunity to ‘let off steam’.  However, it does not mean that pupils should forget the school’s behaviour code.  It is important that standards of behaviour are maintained and the rule must always be firm:

  •  During the lunchtime no child will be allowed inside the school buildings unsupervised.
  • Children should like up in an orderly manner and walk along the corridor into the dining hall.
  • When asking for food they should be encouraged to say please and thank you.
  • Children should eat their meal quietly and sensibly.

  Children should not:

  • Shout between tables
  • Play with their food
  • Interfere with food of other children
  • Deliberately spill drinks
  • Run in the dining hall
  • Pick up food with their fingers
  • Spit food out

 Physical and verbal abuse to adults, spitting and throwing food are offences which may warrant an instant temporary debarment for the lunchtime period but may incur a total lunchtime debarment for a fixed period depending on the severity of the offence.

 Good, helpful behaviour at lunchtime will be encouraged.  Any child displaying disruptive behaviour in the playground i.e. kicking, name calling, play fighting, swearing, spitting, rudeness/disrespectfulness, bullying

a)    Will be sent to stand against the wall for a ‘time out’ period.

b)    In the event of a severe incident the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher will be informed.

 Midday supervisors are also able to issue detentions for persistent inappropriate behaviour.  A pupil’s name will be issued in the ‘lunchtime detention book’ and the detention issued will be carried out during a Tuesday or Thursday lunchtime and will be supervised by Midday staff.  These detentions will last 20 minutes.  Any incidents (resolved/unresolved) will be referred to the class teachers either verbally or via a note in the afternoon register.

 When pupils have received three lunchtime detentions in any half-term, parents/guardians will be contacted by the Class teacher and a plan of action intended to modify inappropriate behaviour will be discussed.

  •  Lunchtime Debarment

Since pupils can only be excluded from the compulsory part of the school day, a lunchtime ‘exclusion’ is referred to as debarment.  In order to maintain good order and discipline at all times during the school day, it may occasionally be necessary to debar pupils from the premises during lunchtime.  This action will be taken after careful consideration and discussion with parents and a warning will be given that debarment could occur.  In a case where a pupil receives free school meals, the lunch or packed lunch will be issued to the child before they leave the premises.  Examples of poor behaviour which can lead to lunchtime debarment are:

  • Throwing food
  • Use of inappropriate language with midday staff
  • Repeatedly disobeying midday staff
  • Persistent bad behaviour in the playground during the midday break
  • Violence towards any other pupil or member of staff.

Bullying

 Through assemblies, stories and other areas of the curriculum the philosophy of respecting each other, helping and protecting those smaller or weaker than ourselves is explained.  Everyone in the school knows that bullying will not be tolerated and that any ongoing incidents of such must be reported e.g. punching, kicking, name calling, racist remarks, intimidation; Non-violent, caring behaviour is praised and rewarded.

 If bullying is reported by parents or a child, procedures outlined in the ‘Anti-bullying’ policy should be followed.

Exclusion

 If it is necessary to exclude a pupil from Lincewood Primary School, it will usually be the end of a disciplinary process, preceded by other sanctions and efforts to modify behaviour.  Only the Headteacher can exclude a child from the school. However, in the absence of the Head, the next senior member of staff (normally the Deputy Headteacher) can act on behalf of the Headteacher.  Occasionally, the behaviour of a pupil will be such that exclusion will be an immediate response. Such an action will be exceptional and generally relate to extreme behaviour, constituting a serious breach of school rules.  However, the Headteacher also reserves the right to exclude a child where the health, safety and welfare or education of others is threatened.

 Examples of Excludable Offences

  •  Assaulting a member of staff;
  • Possession of illegal drugs, alcohol, solvents, cigarettes, an offensive weapon or any other object which could be potentially hazardous;
  • Persistent racist comments against other pupils/member of staff.
  • Serious physical or sexual assault against fellow pupils;
  • Persistent bullying (ongoing intimidation or physical, emotional, verbal abuse against another pupil);
  • Refusing to cooperate with staff when the child’s own or other pupils’ education or welfare are at risk;
  • Persistently breaking school and/or classroom rules;
  • Persistently causing serious damage to school property or the school building.

Lincewood Primary School
Berry Lane, Langdon Hills,
Essex. SS16 6AZ

 

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