Foxdale School Behaviour policy

Aims and expectations

It is a primary aim of our school that every member of the school community
feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. We
are a caring community, whose values are built on mutual trust and respect for
all. The school’s behaviour policy is therefore designed to support the way in
which all members of the school can live and work together in a supportive way.
It aims to promote an environment where everyone feels happy, safe and
secure.

The school has a number of rules, but our behaviour policy is not primarily
concerned with rule enforcement. It is a means of promoting good relationships,
so that people can work together with the common purpose of helping everyone
to learn. This policy supports the school community in aiming to allow everyone
to work together in an effective and considerate way.

The school expects every member of the school community to behave in a
considerate way towards others.

We treat all children fairly and apply this behaviour policy in a consistent way.

This policy aims to help children grow in a safe and secure environment, and to
become positive, responsible and increasingly independent members of the
school community.

The school rewards good behaviour, as it believes that this will develop an
ethos of kindness and cooperation. This policy is designed to promote good
behaviour, rather than merely deter anti-social behaviour.

Rewards and punishments

We praise and reward children for good behaviour in a variety of ways:

• Staff praise children.
• Staff give children stickers and merits
• Each week we nominate children from each class to receive a
Super Star Certificate for their good work or behaviour in our ‘Celebration’
Assembly.
• Pupils who have shown good manners throughout the week are rewarded with a sticker in our ‘Celebration’ assembly.
• All classes have an opportunity to lead a class assembly where they are
able to show examples of their best work. Or bring some samples of their work to the celebration assembly for sharing with the whole school community.

The school acknowledges all the efforts and achievements of children, both in
and out of school. Friday assembly celebrates children’s achievement out
of school, for example, music, swimming, dancing trophies and certificates.

The school employs a number of sanctions to enforce the school rules, and to
ensure a safe and positive learning environment. We employ each sanction
appropriately to each individual situation.

• We expect children to listen carefully to instructions in lessons. If they do not
do so we may ask them to move nearer the teacher or sit on their own.
• We expect children to try their best in all activities. If they do not do so, we
may ask them to redo a task.
• From Year 1 onwards if a child is disruptive in class, the teacher gives them a verbal reminder, if the child fails to improve their behaviour the teacher warns them that their name will be moved to amber or ‘Think About it‘ If a child continues to misbehave their name is moved to ‘Amber’, (the name stays on this for the remainder of the day) If the behaviour persists the name is moved on to ‘Red’ and there will be a consequence. The consequence could be the loss of ten minutes playtime. The board is wiped clean at the end of each day. Two “Red’s” in one week - the class teacher involves parents.
• The safety of the children is paramount in all situations. If a child’s behaviour
endangers the safety of others, the class teacher stops the activity and
prevents the child from taking part for the rest of that session. This may involve sending the child to another teacher’s classroom.
• If a child threatens, hurts or bullies another child, the class teacher records
the incident and the child is punished. If a child repeatedly acts in a way that
disrupts or upsets others, the school contacts the child’s parents and seeks
an appointment in order to discuss the situation, with a view to improving the
behaviour of the child.

The class teacher discusses the school rules with each class. In addition to the
school rules, each class also has its own classroom code, which is agreed by
the children and displayed on the wall of the classroom. In this way, every child
in the school knows the standard of behaviour that we expect in our school. If
there are incidents of anti-social behaviour, the class teacher discusses these
with the whole class.

The school does not tolerate bullying of any kind. If we discover that an act of
bullying or intimidation has taken place, we act immediately to stop any further
occurrences of such behaviour. While it is very difficult to eradicate bullying, we
do everything in our power to ensure that all children attend school free from
fear. ( see anti bullying policy )

Teachers in our school do not hit, push or slap children. Staff only intervene
physically to restrain children or to prevent injury to a child, or if a child is in
danger of hurting him/herself. The actions that we take are in line with
government guidelines on the restraint of children.

The role of the class teacher

It is the responsibility of class teachers to ensure that the school rules are
enforced in their classes, and that their classes behave in a responsible manner
during lesson time.

The class teachers in our school have high expectations of the children with
regard to behaviour, and they strive to ensure that all children work to the best
of their ability.

The class teacher treats each child fairly, and enforces the classroom code
consistently. The teachers treat all children in their classes with respect and
understanding.

If a child misbehaves repeatedly in class, a behaviour concern note is issued by
the class teacher to the headteacher. In the first instance, the class teacher deals with incidents him/herself in the normal manner. However, if misbehaviour continues, the class teacher should first approach parents either before or after school to see if they can help and make them aware of any concerns. If no improvement is seen then the teacher seeks help and advice from the headteacher and SENCO. The parents will also be notified at this time.

The class teacher liaises with external agencies, as necessary, to support and
guide the progress of each child.

The class teacher reports to parents about the progress of each child in their
class, in line with the whole-school policy. The class teacher may also contact a
parent if there are concerns about the behaviour or welfare of a child.

The role of the headteacher

It is the responsibility of the headteacher, under the School Standards and
Framework Act 1998, to implement the school behaviour policy consistently
throughout the school, and to report to governors, when requested, on the
effectiveness of the policy. It is also the responsibility of the headteacher to
ensure the health, safety and welfare of all children in the school.

The headteacher supports the staff by implementing the policy, by setting the
standards of behaviour, and by supporting staff in their implementation of the
policy.

The headteacher keeps records of all reported serious incidents of
misbehaviour and has a monthly monitoring grid to demonstrate either a pattern
of behaviour or persistent poor behaviour.

The headteacher has the responsibility for giving fixed-term suspensions to
individual children for serious acts of misbehaviour. For repeated or very serious
acts of anti-social behaviour, the headteacher may permanently exclude a child.
These actions are taken only after the Isle of Man Department of Education and school governors have been notified.

The role of parents

The school collaborates actively with parents, so that children receive consistent
messages about how to behave at home and at school.

We explain our expectations for behaviour in the school prospectus, and we
expect parents to read them and support them.

We expect parents to support their child’s learning, and to cooperate with the
school, as set out in the home-school agreement. We try to build a supportive
dialogue between the home and the school, and we inform parents immediately
if we have concerns about their child’s welfare or behaviour.

If the school has to use reasonable sanctions to punish a child, we expect
parents to support the actions of the school. If parents have any concerns about
the way that their child has been treated, they should initially contact the class
teacher. If the concern remains, they should contact the Headteacher. If these
discussions cannot resolve the problem a formal grievance or appeal process
can be implemented.

The role of governors

The headteacher has the day-to-day authority to implement the school’s policy
on behaviour and discipline, but governors may give advice to the headteacher
about particular disciplinary issues. The headteacher must take this into account
when making decisions about matters of behaviour.

Fixed-term and permanent exclusions

See Suspension of Pupils : Policy and Procedures (IOM Dept. of Education Sept 07 )

Drug- and alcohol-related incidents

It is the policy of this school that no child should bring any drug, legal or illegal,
to school. If a child needs medication during the school day the parent or
guardian is asked to administer the medicine if necessary at school.

The school will take very seriously misuse of any substances such as glue,
other solvents, or alcohol. The parents or guardians of any child involved will
always be notified. Any child who deliberately brings substances into school for
the purpose of misuse will be punished by a fixed-term exclusion. If the offence
occurs repeatedly it will be recommended that the child should be permanently
excluded, and the police and social services will be informed.
If any child is found to be suffering from the effects of alcohol or other
substances, arrangements will be made for that child to be taken home.

It is forbidden for anyone, adult or child, to bring onto the school premises illegal
drugs. Any child who is found to have brought to school any type of illegal
substance will be punished by a temporary exclusion. The child will not be
readmitted to the school until a parent or guardian of the child has visited the
school and discussed the seriousness of the incident with the headteacher.

If the offence occurs repeatedly it will be recommended that the child should be permanently
excluded, and the police and social services will be informed.

If a child is found to have deliberately brought illegal substances into school,
and is found to be distributing these to other pupils for money, the child will be
permanently excluded from the school. The police and social services will also
be informed.

Monitoring and review

The headteacher monitors the effectiveness of this policy on a regular basis.
S/he also reports to the governing body on the effectiveness of the policy and, if
necessary, makes recommendations for further improvements.

The school keeps a variety of records concerning incidents of misbehaviour.
The class teacher records minor classroom incidents. The headteacher records
those incidents where a child is sent to him/her on account of bad behaviour.
We also keep a record of any incidents that occur at break or lunchtimes
(red book /blue book system). Praiseworthy behaviour is recorded in the blue book and celebrated in the Friday assembly. Poor behaviour is recorded in the red book and either dealt with by the class teacher or brought to the attention of the headteacher if deemed serious enough.

The headteacher keeps a record of any child who is suspended for a fixed-term,
or who is permanently excluded.

It is the responsibility of the governing body to monitor the rate of suspensions
and exclusions, and to ensure that the school policy is administered fairly and
consistently. The governing body will pay particular attention to matters of racial
equality; it will seeks to ensure that the school abides by the non-statutory
guidance The Duty to Promote Race Equality: A Guide For Schools, and that no
child is treated unfairly because of race or ethnic background.

The headteacher and governing body reviews this policy every two years. The governors may, however, review the policy earlier than this if the government introduces new regulations, or if the governing body receives recommendations on how the policy might be improved.

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