We use a team approach so our children and staff know that their positive attitude and behaviour is for more than individual recognition as it is for the good of all. Pupils will be awarded House Points for demonstrating our rules of being Ready, Respectful and Safe.
Good To Be Green
All classrooms use a traffic light system on display in the classroom for promoting positive behaviour. All children start a new day on green, yellow will be used for warnings, red for communicating with parents due to the seriousness of the incident.
In this way, every child in the school knows the standard of behaviour that we expect in our school and adults are aware of the steps to take to allow for consistency in the whole school approach. If there are incidents of anti-social behaviour, the class teacher discusses these with the whole class, often during weekly ‘Circle Time’.
Children will be helped to understand what behaviour is classed as unacceptable and why. They can be given warnings to ensure that they know the consequences if the behaviour continues. The child’s behaviour and not the child is criticised.
Good behaviour is consistently celebrated through any number of rewards. The list below is an example of some that we may use though it is not an exhaustive list:
- sincere, precise and timely, verbal and written praise – given by all, at all times.
- giving children achievement stickers – awarded to children for learning, attitude to work or actions which show a pleasing achievement.
- house points
- whole class rewards – such as marbles in the jar, small prizes, additional play time
- Headteacher awards for celebration assembly – certificates and stickers and entered into the Hall of Fame
- midday supervisors selecting ‘Diamond Diners’ pupils – a weekly award given to those children who show excellent behaviour at lunchtimes.
- positive recognition through class and school achievement awards,
- House winner/Good to be Green events such as film/games afternoon at the end of each term
- positive notes home, by the class teacher and/or Head teacher
- positive phone calls home
Our Behaviour Steps (in accordance with Good To Be Green)
Aspects of behaviour which do not meet the school’s Golden Rules have clear and consistent consequences.
Step One: The Golden Rule Reminder - Pupils will be given a reminder to follow a specific Golden Rule
Step Two: Time to Think - A clear verbal warning directed at the pupil making them aware of their behaviour and clearly outlining the consequences. Pupils will be reminded of their previous good conduct to prove that they can make good choices.
Step Three: The Warning (Amber card is given)
- A clear verbal caution directed at the pupil making them aware of their behaviour and clearly outlining the consequences.
- Pupils will be reminded of their previous good conduct to prove that they can make good choices.
- Caution of next step will be time out.
- An amber card is given.
Step Four: The Time Out (Red card is given)
The pupil is encouraged to take a timer, either in the classroom, or if not suitable should leave the classroom, and go to an appropriate location depending on the time of day and staff in class. In the case of early years, the pupil will go to a thinking chair within the setting.
This is a time when children will sit away from the remainder of their class and will complete a reflection about their behaviour choice. The aim is to offer a restorative and reflective approach to their behaviour choices and re-emphasises their capacity to make excellent behaviour choices.
Step Five: Sent out of class
Should the Golden Rule or Rules continue to not be followed within a given lesson, the child will be removed from the classroom to ensure that effective learning is able to continue. Depending on the circumstance, the child will be sent to their Key Stage Leader, Deputy Headteacher, Headteacher or Pupil Wellbeing Worker. The Leader involved will complete a ‘Think About It’ sheet, and will decide on a necessary consequence.
School’s definition of Bullying
Bullying is when someone or a group of people keep picking on you, and try to hurt you physically or emotionally. This may include sexist, homophobic or racist comments. If this happens online it is known as cyber-bullying. We teach the children S.T.O.P (Several Times On Purpose).
Forms of Bullying:
- Using offensive names when addressing another person
- Teasing or spreading rumours about another person or his/her family
- Belittling another person’s abilities and achievements
- Writing offensive notes or graffiti about another person
- Demands for money or possessions
- Interfering with, damaging, removing/stealing or hiding belongings of others.
- Excluding or isolating someone on purpose from a group or activity
- Physical violence such as hitting, pushing or spitting at another person
- Ridiculing another person’s appearance, way of speaking or personal mannerisms.
- Verbal abuse
- Misusing technology to hurt or humiliate another person
Procedures for dealing with incidents of bullying behaviour
- Immediate intervention - set in motion agreed anti-bullying procedures.
- Steps taken to support and respond to the needs of both bullied and bullying pupils.
- Fill in the ‘Bullying and Prejudice’ incident form. Central records kept.
- Contacting parents/carers of all pupils concerned in the bullying incident.
- Feedback to those concerned.
- Sanctions where appropriate. In serious cases may include exclusion.
- Contacting relevant professionals eg. School counsellor/Police
Being aware of bullying is high on our agenda at Maple Tree and although we have 1 week in the Autumn Term when we focus on this, we also drip this into lessons regularly so that the children are aware what bullying is and how to report it.
Our full policy can be found here or on the Policies page.
For further information on bullying and how to support your child you can look on the parents pages of the Anti - bullying alliance at www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk or from the CBBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/anti-bullying-week
Information about cyber bullying can be found from the alliance.