St Brigid’s Behaviour Policy 2022-2023
This policy needs to be read in conjunction St Brigid’s Safeguarding Policy, St Brigid’s Anti-bullying Policy, St Brigid’s Uniform and Appearance and St Brigid’s Equality Duty Policy. (Paper copies are available from the school office)
This policy aims to:
Roles and Responsibilities
The Governing Body is responsible for:
The Headteacher is responsible for:
Senior Leaders are responsible for:
Teachers and Staff are responsible for:
Parents and carers
The school will endeavour to build a positive relationship with parents and carers by keeping them informed about developments in their child's behaviour and the school’s policy, and working in collaboration with them to tackle behavioural issues.
Parents and Carers are responsible for:
Pupils will be educated on the following in regard to the school’s behaviour culture:
Values and Beliefs: Growing Closer to God and the Rights Respecting Culture
At St Brigid’s we value each person as a unique individual created by God. It is our aim that everybody reaches their true potential and therefore have very high expectations of behaviour. This policy is written in the light of the gospel and our school mission statement.
We believe that people respond and thrive best when they are praised a lot for their effort. That is why at St Brigid’s, we have a ‘spot people being good’ policy. This is the most important strategy and should be evident in all that we do as adults. We also believe that adults should model the behaviour they wish their pupils to aspire to. In other words, all adults will lead by example. Behaviour management should also be age appropriate. Everyone needs to be consistent in managing behaviour in accordance with this policy. This also promotes pupil well-being and helps to build self-esteem and an ‘I can’ attitude amongst all our children.
We aim to create a warm and welcoming environment that cultivates a respect for the rights and needs of children and adults, irrespective of culture, race or gender. We aim to be actively involved in the learning of our children. Therefore, we provide a range of broad, creative and balanced learning opportunities, which adhere to the National Curriculum. We use constructive feedback to signal when a child’s efforts are valued, which also avoids alienation and disaffection. We aim to develop self-discipline and the ability to self-regulate the choices and decisions our children make. We aim to maintain high aspirations and expectations of our children, in the anticipation of fostering independent, reflective and lifelong learners.
We aim to promote:
Also, the key British Values:
The four Key Values of the school are:
We believe in one God, one world and one humanity made by God. The two most important commandments are… to love God with all our hearts, our minds, our souls and to love our neighbour as ourselves.
We believe that everyone has both rights and responsibilities as human beings who come together as one community. God has chosen each of us.
It is our job to ensure that we create the best conditions for children to thrive and to make their best progress at school. It is the parent/carer’s job to support us to do this.
As the Children’s Right’s and Responsibility Leaflet (Unicef summary) states: ‘If every child, regardless of their sex, ethnic origin, social status, language, age, nationality or religion has these rights, then they also have a responsibility to respect each other in a humane way. If children have a right to be protected from conflict, cruelty, exploitation and neglect, then they also have a responsibility not to bully or harm each other. If children have a right to a clean environment, then they also have a responsibility to do what they can to look after their environment.’
Rights and Responsibilities at St Brigid’s RC Primary School- Our Behaviour Curriculum.
In our school we expect a high standard of behaviour from everyone. We have a set of behaviours that we expect to see from our pupils. With the proper support and adjustments, we expect all pupils to be able to meet our behavioural expectations, as outlined in the Rights and Responsibilities chart below and defined in bronze behaviour expectations in Appendix 1.
Teachers should spend time explaining and reinforcing positive behaviour and routines, so that pupils are really clear on what's expected from them. This explicit instruction is extra important for new pupils as they might not be familiar with the expectations and routines.
Good Classroom management is essential.
Teaching and support staff are responsible for setting the tone and context for positive behaviour within the school. They will:
Pupils who struggle the most with achieving consistently positive behaviour will need more support to meet our school's behaviour expectations. Staff can reinforce the behaviour curriculum in every interaction they have with pupils, by:
Children have the right…
Children have the responsibility…
To be protected from conflict, cruelty, exploitation and neglect.
To care and respect each other with understanding. Not to bully or harm each other.
To a clean environment, at home, at school or wherever they are.
To do what they can to look after the environment.
To be educated.
To learn as much as they can and help others to learn.
To freedom of thought and religion.
To respect other people’s thoughts and religions.
To be heard.
To listen to people.
To proper medical care.
To take care of themselves.
To be loved and respected.
To show love and respect to others.
To special care for special needs.
To be the best they can be.
To make mistakes.
To learn from their mistakes.
To be adequately fed.
To understand that food and water are to be appreciated in our world and we are fortunate to have enough whilst others do not, therefore we don’t waste it.
To relax, play and join a wide range of activities.
To include everyone in their games.
We promote 4 rights to support everyone to be the best we can be as we ‘Dream it. Believe it. Achieve it.’:
Commonly understood behaviours for learning:
Morning playtime is designed to give children a quick learning and comfort break, where they can play a short game or engage in some form of exercise. Lunchtime play is designed to be an enjoyable and positive experience. As such, playtimes are not graded as bronze, silver and gold. However, misbehaviour causing concern will be monitored and addressed.
Our playtime rules, which are displayed on the playground, are:
A friend to play with
If there are concerns at playtimes or lunchtime then teachers on duty/ LOs respectively will fill in a cause for concern sheet which is given to the class teacher and signed off the phase leader once the matter is dealt with. All behaviour information is recorded by the class teacher and monitored by Senior Leaders.
The School Behaviour System (See Appendix 1)
We ensure that it is delivered in an age appropriate way. Key Stage 1 and 2 follow the system below. EYFS follow a simpler version of this system. EYFS also use the thinking fish to give younger children time to reflect on their behaviour choices.
Positive behaviour has positive consequences which is celebrated in a variety of ways:
Bronze, silver, gold and pot of gold behaviour awards, weekly, half-termly and annually: weekly small stickers; half termly- big stickers (pot of gold half termly award will be a gold medal and a certificate); annually- bronze, silver, gold and platinum (for pot of gold) certificates with a medal (metal)
Spot children being good praise at every opportunity
Stickers for exceptional effort, work or homework may also be given
Star of the week/term certificates and rewards
Attendance and punctuality rewards
Negative behaviour also has negative consequences:
We have a fresh start twice a day policy- all children back on bronze unless behaviour warrants longer consequences as outline on the chart below (see Appendix 1).
Misbehaviour is defined as:
Serious misbehaviour is defined as:
The school recognises that changes in behaviour may be an indicator that a pupil is in need of help or protection. We will consider whether a pupil’s misbehaviour may be linked to them suffering, or being likely to suffer, significant harm. Where this may be the case, we will follow our safeguarding policy, and consider whether pastoral support, an early help intervention or a referral to children’s social care is appropriate. Where there is suspected child on child abuse please read St Brigid’s Safeguarding Policy 2022.
God made everyone unique. For St Brigid’s as a school, this means responding to the different talents and needs of all our children so that they can achieve their true potential. Reasonable adaptations should be made for children who struggle to make good choices.
All teachers are expected to anticipate likely triggers for misbehaviour and put in place preventative support. This may require work with Phase leaders, SENCOs and in some cases, the Headteacher and the Deputy Headteacher.
It is also important to remember that all behaviour has meaning and that a restorative approach can help unpick the reasons for the behaviour rather than a purely punitive approach. Understanding a person’s behaviour is the first step to preventing and reducing behaviour incidents.
There can also be a number of reasons for children to struggle with positive engagement, for example: understanding, language, culture, previous experiences, disabilities, attitude, family context, attention span, trust, self-concept to name a few. This can lead to different response, such as: freeze, fight, flight or submit.
There needs to be a tailored approach to supporting children who present with challenging behaviours.(see Preventing Reoccurrence of Misbehaviour Section below). This needs to be regularly reviewed with both child and parents. Where necessary, outside agencies may be brought in to support the child eg Early Help (with parental consent), play therapy (with parental consent), brain training (with parental consent) and counselling (with parental consent).
When children struggle with their behaviour, we are committed to working with both the child and the parents in a variety of ways and this has been very successful to date. Every child is different and unique and we continue to find new ways to support different children in different situations. When children are struggling with challenging behaviours, it is essential for parents to work with the school and outside agencies to address it.
Recognising the impact of SEND on behaviour
The school recognises that pupils’ behaviour may be impacted by a special educational need or disability (SEND). When incidents of misbehaviour arise, we will consider them in relation to a pupil’s SEND, although we recognise that not every incident of misbehaviour will be connected to their SEND. Decisions on whether a pupil’s SEND had an impact on an incident of misbehaviour will be made on a case-by-case basis. When dealing with misbehaviour from pupils with SEND, especially where their SEND affects their behaviour, the school will balance their legal duties when making decisions about enforcing the behaviour policy. The legal duties include:
As part of meeting these duties, the school will anticipate, as far as possible, all likely triggers of misbehaviour, and put in place support to prevent these from occurring. Any preventative measures will take into account the specific circumstances and requirements of the pupil concerned. These may include:
Adapting sanctions for pupils with SEND
When considering a behavioural sanction for a pupil with SEND, the school will take into account:
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it may be unlawful for the school to sanction the pupil for the behaviour. The school will then assess if it is appropriate to use a sanction and if so, whether any reasonable adjustments need to be made to the sanction.
Considering whether a pupil displaying challenging behaviour may have unidentified SEND
The school’s special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) may evaluate a pupil who exhibits challenging behaviour to determine whether they have any underlying needs that are not currently being met. Where necessary, support and advice will also be sought from specialist teachers, an educational psychologist, medical practitioners and/or others, to identify or support specific needs. When acute needs are identified in a pupil, we will liaise with external agencies and plan support programmes for that child. We will work with parents to create the plan and review it on a regular basis.
Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
The provisions set out in the EHC plan must be secured and the school will co-operate with the local authority and other bodies. If the school has a concern about the behaviour of a pupil with an EHCP, it will make contact with the local authority to discuss the issue. If appropriate, the school may request an emergency review of the EHCP.
Preventing recurrence of misbehaviour:
As a school we are committed to using a range of initial intervention strategies in order to reduce likelihood of suspension or permanent exclusion in addition to the strategies outlined in our behaviour system. The aim of all interventions is to identify and address underlying factors leading to misbehaviour and to assess the appropriateness of the provision in place for the child. Working with a range of agencies and outside providers, we offer play therapy, counselling, brain training, intervention work with Global Policing. We also work with local partners, for example alternative provision for short term interventions and the pupil referral unit for advice and support. In addition, we are proactive in working with Early Help. Where a child has an EHCP we work closely with the LA Send team to review provision. Where a child has spent time in alternative provision or a pupil referral unit, there will be a plan for re-integration which will be regularly reviewed.
Behaviour Support Plans
If a pupil regularly displays behaviour that disrupts theirs and others learning as well as disrupts the safety and stability of the classroom, a personalised strategy in the form of a behaviour support plan is required. Our school operates a ‘graduated response’. As a school we use the Matching Provision to Need Tool (see page 13- Social, Emotional and Mental Health) to ensure that reasonable adjustments and supportive plans are put in place to help those who need it.
Behaviour Support Plan examples 1 and 2 in Appendix 3 can be used separately or together. Example 1 is to be used for continued amber behaviour on its own. Example 1 is part of universal provision, whereas Example 2 is where a child’s behaviour needs have been identified as SEND Support plus (see Matching Provision to Need page 13- see Appendix 6). Example 1 may be used as a Child- friendly version of Example 2.
Example 2 must be used:
Behaviour support plans (BSP):
All plans are formally reviewed and updated every 4-6 weeks with the class teacher, phase leader and SENCo. The purpose of a behaviour support plan is to ensure that:
Following any incidents of extreme behaviour, there will always be a review to discuss what happened, what support is needed and completing of all records. The review will also discuss what were the triggers, and what might help in the future. Behaviour support plans and risk assessments are amended accordingly. It is important to note that the success of strategies should be continuously monitored. Where strategies are not working the decision needs to be made whether to (1) make adjustments (2) persist with strategies for longer (3) change the approach.
Examples of proactive strategies include
Examples of reactive strategies (strategies that are used after the undesired behaviour occurs)
School Attendance and Part-time time tables
All pupils of compulsory school age are entitled to a full-time education. In very exceptional circumstances there may be a need for a temporary part-time time table to meet the individual pupil’s needs, e.g. a part-time time table may be considered as part of a re-integration package.
A part-time time table will not be treated as a long term solution. Any pastoral support programme or other agreement must have a time limit by which point the pupil is expected to attend full-time or be provided with alternative provision. The legal requirement is that a child resumes full time education by fourteenth week. This will only be considered when all other strategies have not been successful and to avoid future suspensions or permanent exclusion.
Suspension and Permanent Exclusions
The school can use suspension and permanent exclusion in response to serious incidents or in response to persistent poor behaviour, which has not improved following in-school sanctions and interventions. The decision to suspend or exclude will be made by the headteacher and only as a last resort.
Non-Compliance of uniform
In rare instances, this may become a behavioural issue and therefore will be addressed as a negative behaviour. (Please see Uniform Policy.)
Children are allowed to wear their own clothes to celebrate their birthdays. Birthday clothes must be age appropriate eg no crop tops and safe to wear for all school activities.
Items that should not be brought to school include:
Any prohibited items found in a pupil’s possession may be confiscated. These items will be returned to the parents/carers unless it is an illegal item where advice from Global Policing or the police will be sought. We will also confiscate any item that is harmful or detrimental to school discipline.
The Use of Reasonable Force (in line with DfE advice July 2013 Use of Reasonable Force)
The school has a duty of care to both pupils and staff. Staff have a duty of care to protect pupils and to take action to prevent the cause of harm. Reasonable Force is only used when it is completely necessary in order to keep people safe and should be reasonable, proportionate and appropriate. When using reasonable force, the school has a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments for children with disabilities and children with SEN. School does not need parental or carer’s consent.
Circumstances in which reasonable force would be used:
Reasonable force will be used when there is a real risk of harm towards a pupil or member of staff.
Reasonable force will be used to physically separate pupils found fighting and a verbal instruction to stop is not followed. NB: Reasonable Force will not be used to remove a child from a classroom unless the child is being violent and causing harm to others.
Reasonable force covers a broad range of actions – involve a degree of physical contact to control or restrain children. Reasonable – ‘using no more force than is needed’:
What will happen when reasonable force is use
School will record what has happened including who witnessed it.
School will record the views of pupils involved.
School will ensure that staff have used force reasonably, proportionately and appropriately.
School will ensure that parents/carers are informed.
Removal may be used as a response to serious misbehaviour. Removal from the classroom is a serious sanction and will only be used when all other behaviour strategies have been attempted, unless the behaviour is so extreme as to warrant immediate removal. We use removal for the following reasons:
To maintain safety for all pupils following an unreasonably high level of disruption
To allow the pupil to regain calm in a safe space
To enable the pupil to be taken to a place where their learning can be continued in a managed environment.
When a child has been removed from class, they will be guided to a safe space. In both Key Stages this will be their Learning Base supervised by an appropriate adult directed by the Headteacher. Work will be planned for and provided by the class teacher to ensure that the child continues to learn. Appropriate resources such as pencils, felt tips, ruler, appropriate paper will be readily available. Key Phase leads will check regularly that the resources needed by children are available. Three appropriate adults will be identified as part of the Behaviour Support Plan process to support the child’s reintegration.
Where removed children do not calm down, are unable to continue their work and continue to exhibit serious and unsafe behaviours, despite a range of strategies being attempted, school will phone parents to support with calming the child down. This will also help to restore stability for other children attending school.
Behaviour outside of school premises
We have the power to sanction pupils for misbehaviour outside of school premises to such an extent as is reasonable.
Sanctions might be given by school for
The school’s response to this behaviour in terms of strategies and consequences will be in the same way as if it had happened in school.