At St Joseph’s we set high expectations of behaviour. Together, we promote positive behaviour in our pupils and create an environment in which this can flourish. The aim of this policy is to ensure that our school has a positive atmosphere, where each member of the community feels valued and in which there is a joint approach and shared responsibility between the parent, pupils, governors and the school.
Discipline within our school stems from our Catholic values and principles of love, care and respect for each other. Our Mission Statement underpins our School Behaviour Policy as it aims to ‘prepare our children for the challenge of leading a Christian life, so that they will become good and honest citizens in today’s world’. As a school community we endeavour for our children to’ grow and learn together in the footsteps of Jesus.’
AIMS AND VALUES
We strive to:
- Know and understand each individual child
- Explain the school rules, sanctions, rewards and ensure these are understood
- Avoid tensions and frustrations
- Help the children to become independent learners and thinkers and be responsible for the consequences of their own actions
- Develop a respectful, forgiving and nurturing environment
- Foster Catholic values
- Ensure children have high esteem
- For children to respect each other as well as adults
We believe that emphasising positive behaviour in school will marginalise poor behaviour.
A well-managed environment will encourage children to fulfil the Catholic values in their own behaviour.
St Joseph’s School is committed to encouraging good behaviour in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We wish to acknowledge the responsibility of all those in the school community – teaching and non-teaching staff, governors, parents and pupils in achieving this aim.
The responsibility of staff:
- To respect each individual.
- To set high standards and expect them to be reached.
- To offer children a balanced curriculum and to ensure that the work offered is related to each child’s level of learning and potential.
- To ensure that lessons are interesting and stimulating.
- To inform parents of their child’s educational progress and their attitude to learning.
- To treat each member of the school community equally regardless of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation.
- To encourage and reward good effort and positive attitudes to learning and behaviour.
- To create a safe, bright and pleasant environment that is purposeful and well-organised.
- Make known the rules of the school, classrooms and playgrounds.
- To follow the St Joseph’s School policy and use rules, sanctions and reward systems clearly and consistently.
- To be a good role model.
- To make children aware of the Gospel values in their everyday lives.
- Ensure that children are appropriately supervised when moving around the school to minimise the potential for all aspects of poor behaviour.
- Hold regular assemblies on themes of behaviour, respect, British values etc.
- To work together as a team to support children’s positive behaviour.
- To be particularly vigilant during ICT lessons to ensure appropriate, effective and safe pupil use. (Refer also the E-Safety Policy)
- To support one another as a cooperative staff team.
- To be punctual when on duty.
- To have self-discipline in emotional reactions to situations that arise.
- To carry out an ultimatum.
Responsibilities 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 high expectations of behaviour, and by supporting staff in their implementation of the policy.
- The Headteacher keeps records of all reported serious incidents of misbehaviour.
- 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 will permanently exclude a child. At each stage of exclusion the Headteacher will inform the school governors.
Responsibilities of the Governors
- The governing body has the responsibility of setting down these general guidelines on standards of discipline and behaviour, and of reviewing their effectiveness. The governors support the Headteacher in adhering to these guidelines.
- 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 responsibility of Parents
- To support and co-operate with the school in disciplining their child and foster a good relationship with the school.
- To be aware of the school rules and expectations and support the school in implementing these.
- To ensure that each child attends school daily, ready for learning (i.e. well rested and fed) and arrives punctually at school at 9:00am and collected at 3:15pm.
- To encourage each child to make the most of the opportunities presented at school and take pride in his/her achievements.
- To encourage children to do their homework and offer support with this.
- To speak to the class teacher about any concerns and to share information with the school which may have an impact on their child’s learning or behaviour.
- Understand that once the bell has gone, teachers are unable to speak to you because the children are their first responsibility. Please arrange a more convenient time to meet with the class teacher (i.e. after school).
- In the infant classes, the support assistant can always be spoken to and the messages will be passed on to the teacher. In the junior classes, please come to the school office.
- If you are annoyed about something, please do not speak to the teacher in front of your child or other children. Do not approach other children to tell them off or threaten them in any way. This frightens them and is a form of bullying; always speak to a member of school staff.
- To set a firm foundation at home, encouraging high standards of behaviour, good manners and promoting independence.
- To ensure that contact details are up to date, for use in an emergency.
- To encourage independence and self-disciple.
- Act as good role-models for their children.
The responsibility of Pupils
- To follow the St Joseph’s School rules.
- To accept responsibility and consequences of their actions.
- To respect the adults with whom they work with and be tolerant and understanding of others.
- To be kind, helpful and caring for others, especially on the playground.
- To respect other peoples’ property and the schools’.
- To work hard in class to the best of their ability and do their homework.
- walk quietly along the corridors and around the school
- keep the coat areas tidy; hang up coats and bags so that people will not trip over them
- NEVER touch anyone else’s property.
- no-one may return to the classroom at break or lunchtime unless supervised by an adult or with special permission
- no valuable property, sweets or chewing gum should be brought to school
- no jewellery to be worn except small studs
- Respect for all adults and each other at all times
- No bad language
- No fighting, play fighting, judo, karate or kick boxing at any time
- No bullying
- No racist, homophobic, nationalist or sexist remarks or behaviour
- When the bell rings stand in silence. Wait until a member of staff calls your class, then walk quietly and sensibly to the line
- All problems should be reported to the adult(s) on duty, so that they can be sorted out immediately and amicably. If of a severe nature, this is to be passed on to the class teacher.
Behaviour in the classroom is guided by our mission statement which is on display in each classroom. Staff use a range of strategies to maintain good behaviour including, thinking time, time out, circle time etc.
REWARDS FOR POSTIVE BEHAVIOUR
Our positive approach to behaviour reinforcement means giving praise to those children who are well behaved, polite, hardworking and following our School Rules. In additional to verbal praise, praise may include any of the following:
- Children having their name displayed on the ‘Happy Face’ in the classroom.
- Children will receive stars on the class star chart. This will be a reflection of their positive attitude to learning, behaviour, good effort, spelling scores etc.
- All infant classes will chose a child to be the ‘Star of the Week’ and the child’s picture will displayed in the infant corridor.
- Certificates, stickers or prizes may be given to children at the discretion of the class teachers to reward positive behaviours/efforts and exceptional work.
- Up to two children from Year 1 and 2 will be chosen each week to sit on the ‘Golden Table’ and will eat alongside a member of staff.
- Children who have completed exceptional pieces of work will be asked to share this with the Head teacher. These pieces may then be displayed on the head teachers ‘Wow Wall’
Key Stage 2:
- Children who display positive behaviours, efforts and attitudes will receive ‘House Points’.
- Up to two children from Years 3 to 6 will be chosen each week to sit on the ‘Golden Table’ and will eat alongside a member of staff.
- Children who have completed exceptional pieces of work will be asked to share this with the Head teacher. These pieces may then be displayed on the head teachers ‘Wow Wall’
- Certificates will be given to children who have produced good pieces of work in a ‘Celebration Assembly’ on a Friday.
The vast majority of our children behave well and respond to our system of positive behaviour reinforcement. However, some pupils do not always keep to our School rules. This is not acceptable and a range of sanctions and consequences are necessary. The purpose of the disciplinary process is to help the child behave in an appropriate manner.
Children may sometimes need to be reminded of our school rules, but if misbehaviour persists the following may be applied. Depending on the nature of the misbehaviour, the level of response will be determined. Staff will judge the seriousness of an incident and apply sanctions accordingly.
Children are made aware that they are responsible for their actions.
Poor behaviour is dealt with consistently throughout the school.
Sanctions are progressive as follows:
- An initial disapproving look or gesture.
- A verbal reprimand.
- A verbal warning.
- Loss of privilege, playtime or lunchtime, always under supervision.
(e.g. missing minutes off of break, lunchtime detention, missing football etc)
- Loss of responsibility (monitors, after school club)
- Remove child/children
- within class
- within key stage
- to another key stage/ senior member of staff
- Behaviour discussion with the Head/Deputy Head/member of the senior leadership team
- Parental involvement - The child may then be put on a report system – where day to day incidents are logged and parents are expected to sign it at the end of each week.
- Fixed term exclusion.
- Permanent exclusion.
- For more serious incidents, sanctions may operate straight away.
To discuss an issue concerning your child:
- When possible, please speak to your child’s teacher when collecting your child from the classroom at the end of the day, once all children have been dismissed.
- If a longer appointment time is needed, please see or phone the school office. They will be able to check with the teacher the best time for an appointment. Every effort will be made to see parents as soon as possible.
- If you wish to discuss the matter further, please make an appointment to see the Deputy Headteacher.
- Following this meeting, if there are still concerns, then a meeting can be scheduled with the Headteacher. Staff will endeavour to answer questions and concerns which parents have and will deal with issues as quickly as possible. However, please understand that there are some issues which a teacher will need to investigate further. This may take a little more time and a further appointment will be made to report on investigations and steps which have been taken. The school hopes that all issues can be dealt with in a calm and positive way. If a member of staff feels threatened or abused, the meeting will end and parents will be contacted to attend a meeting with the Headteacher. Violence, threatening behaviour and abuse against school staff or other members of the school community will not be tolerated. This behaviour will result in parents/carers being banned from the school premises for a period of time.
- Serious incidents of unacceptable behaviour may be referred directly to the head or deputy head teacher. It will be important to involve parents at an early stage. It may be necessary to involve outside agencies such as the Educational Psychologist and behaviour support team.
In resolving a persistent problem, it is necessary to have the support of the parents in developing effective strategies to improve behaviour, while fostering positive self- esteem within a child.
Fixed-term and permanent exclusions
- We do not wish to exclude any child from school, but sometimes this may be necessary. The DfE has published Exclusions Guidance (2008, updated 2012) and the school will refer to this guidance in any decision to exclude a child from school.
- In an ever-changing environment, it is not possible to produce an exhaustive list of offences that warrant a fixed-term or permanent exclusion. However, we can be clear that any threatening behaviour, persistent bullying or harassment, possession of an offensive weapon, misuse of alcohol/solvents/drugs, theft, swearing and physical assault could result in an exclusion.
- Only the Headteacher (or the Deputy in the absence of the Headteacher) has the power to exclude a child from school. The Headteacher may exclude a child for one or more fixed periods. In extreme and exceptional circumstances, the Headteacher may exclude a child permanently. It is also possible for the Headteacher to convert fixed-term exclusion into a permanent exclusion, if the circumstances warrant this.
- If the Headteacher excludes a child, s/he informs the parents immediately, giving reasons for the exclusion. At the same time, the Headteacher makes it clear to the parents that they can, if they wish, appeal against the decision to the governing body. The school informs the parents how to make any such appeal.
- The Headteacher informs the LA and the governing body about any permanent exclusion, and about any fixed-term exclusions beyond five days in any one term. § The governing body itself cannot either exclude a child or extend the exclusion period made by the Headteacher. § The governing body has a discipline committee which considers any exclusion appeals on behalf of the governors. § When an appeals panel meets to consider exclusion, they consider the circumstances under which the child was excluded, consider any representation by parents and the LA, and consider whether the child should be reinstated. § If the governors' appeals panel decides that a child should be reinstated, the Headteacher must comply with this ruling.
Exclusion from the school on a temporary or permanent basis will be a last resort and will follow the Diocesan Policy on exclusion.
The DfE has published ‘Screening, Searching and Confiscation’ guidance (2011) which the school will refer to if a pupil or group of pupils are suspected of being in possession of banned items or stolen goods. In a rapidly changing environment, it is not possible to have an exhaustive list of banned items but we will communicate regularly with parents on this issue. However, we can be clear that alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, knives and other weapons are prohibited. The school is not required to inform parents before a search takes place and does not need to seek consent.
THE POWER TO DISCIPLINE BEYOND THE SCHOOL GATE
Teachers have a statutory power to discipline pupils for misbehaving outside of the school premises. Section 89(5) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 gives headteachers a specific statutory power to regulate pupils’ behaviour in these circumstances “to such extent as is reasonable”. When considering whether the school will implement a sanction for reported misbehaviour out of school, the headteacher will take into account the context of the situation and the action that would have been taken if the offence had taken place on school premises. All criminal bad behaviour and bullying which occurs on or off the school premises may be reported to Social Services and/or the Police.
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.
USE OF REASONABLE FORCE
All members of staff are aware of the regulations regarding the use of force by teachers, as set out in the DfE document ‘Use of Reasonable Force’, published 2012. Staff will only intervene physically to restrain a child if the child is at risk of causing harm to themselves or others.
Parents will be asked to sign contract at the beginning of each key stage and Yr 6
Before starting Yr 1
Before starting Yr 3
Before starting Yr 6.
AGREEMENT BETWEEN ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL AND PARENTS
In St Joseph’s school we will do all we can to :
- take care of your child and promote his / her spiritual, moral, intellectual, cultural, emotional and social development
- work with you to help your child achieve his/her real potential
- provide an interesting and stimulating curriculum within the framework of the National Curriculum requirements
- be available for advice and guidance about work
- monitor progress and achievement and explain and discuss results with you
- arrange meetings each term to discuss your child’s achievement (more often if necessary)
- share and try to resolve any concerns you or we may have about your child
- establish a code of behaviour to ensure a safe and caring environment
- seek your support for and involvement in the life of the school, including help in the classroom
- always listen to your concerns and work with you to make St Joseph’s school a happy, effective, inclusive and achieving school, so that your child will have the best education we can provide.
CONTRACT BETWEEN PARENTS AND ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL
As a parent I/we will make sure that:
- my/our child/children, attend school regularly and punctually
- I/we make every effort to encourage and support my/our child’s/childrens’ learning
- I/we communicate with the school promptly in writing, by telephone or verbally, if for any reason my/our child is unable to attend
- I/we support the school’s policies on uniform and behaviour
- I/we inform the school if I/we have concerns about bullying either of my/our child/ or by my our child
- I/we follow the complaints procedure (see brochure or contact the school office) if I/we are concerns have not been dealt with sufficiently.
- I/we make every effort to attend events at which I/we can discuss my/our childrens’ progress with school staff
- I/we will encourage my/our children to have respect and concern for all the children and staff of St Joseph’s school
- I/we do not approach any other child to speak to them about any incident that may have occurred between them and my/our child/children, but I/we will discuss the matter with the class teacher
- I/we will remember to speak to a teacher before the bell at 9.00am or at 3.15pm in order to make a time to meet which is suitable to both parties
- If I/we are annoyed about something, we will make an appointment to meet first with the class teacher to discuss the matter or subsequently with a senior member of staff.
I/we the parents of________________________________(child’s/childrens’ name/s)
agree to co-operate with St Joseph’s school by supporting and upholding their Mission Statement, Aims and Discipline Policy, for as long as my/ our child attends this school.
Please print name__________________________________