Pilling St John’s CE Primary School
Code of Conduct or School Rules
Our school community will reflect the Christian values and attitudes towards behaviour that will be personal to each situation. The good reputation of the school and high standards of the school depend on the behaviour of all its members, whether in school, in the playground or out in the community.
• We will remember that school rules are designed to help to keep us safe
• Remember that your behaviour affects others
• Remember you should not do things to other people which you don’t want them to do to you.
• Remember everyone in school is valued equally
• Remember to act with courtesy and consideration to others at all times
• Remember to try and understand other people’s point of view
• Remember racist behaviour of any kind is unacceptable.
• Always listen carefully to your teachers and to the other children
• Always work hard and do your best in whatever you are doing
• Respect the school’s and each other’s property at all times
• Always speak politely to everyone, including your friends and visitors to the school
• Never answer back or speak rudely to anyone, wherever you are
• Always move around the school sensibly
• We will always support each other in and out of class
In the playground
• Be caring, considerate and tolerant towards each other when playing games
• Fighting or play fighting is not allowed at any time
• We must respect other people’s feelings as well as their bodies therefore
we will avoid hurting or upsetting each other
• Name calling, bad language and teasing are not acceptable
Our church school will be effective as we
• Appoint adults who meet health and legal employment requirements, including DBS clearance and are in accord with the Christian ethos, aims and purposes of our school
• Are proactive in providing regular behaviour management training for our staff
• Apply appropriate rewards/sanctions to complement the distinctive
Christian ethos and to encourage Christian behaviour in our school.
• Treat all reports of bullying seriously
REWARDS AND SANCTIONS
Our behaviour policy is based around positive reinforcement at all times. Staff model and exemplify good behaviour and constantly praise children for their good behaviour and manners.
In order for good behaviour to happen it is important that Staff :
• Recognise and reward good behaviour in its various forms including
• Academic achievement or attainment
• Compassion and empathy for others
• Forgiveness and willingness to resolve issues/correct mistakes
• Exercising self- control
• Contributing positively to school life
• Use praise frequently in the classroom and this far exceeds the level of negative comment
• Avoid any stereotyping/labelling of pupils which has no place in our school
• Use language to correct behaviour which labels the behaviour and not the child
• Remain objective and do not allow personal feelings or any prejudice to influence their treatment of a pupil so that pupils are dealt with fairly
• Act as positive role models in their professional relationships with each other and the pupils within their care
• Demonstrate self-control and do not allow emotions to interfere with their treatment of a situation. It is understood that shouting at pupils which is an emotional response is unacceptable in our school.
• Monitor any behaviour concerns and where appropriate work closely with home to support children struggling with aspects of their behaviour in school
• Act to prevent unkind behaviour/bullying incidents through PHSE lessons by talking about issues between pupils which might provoke conflict, how to develop good relationships and how to show respect to one another.
• Aim for the highest standards of personal behaviour
• Value the recognition given by the reward system
• Have the opportunity to celebrate and share their success with other including fellow peers and parents
• Understand that they will be forgiven and given a second chance in the event of a misdemeanour
• Understand that they will not be prejudged and will be listened to by an adult in school
• Engage with teachers and others in promoting good behaviour in the school. This includes complying with any sanctions received.
• Understand that serious misbehaviour that jeopardises safety will not be tolerated
• Ask for help and expect to be supported if they are finding any aspect of school difficult
• Parents are under a legal duty to ensure that their child (aged 5-16) receives a suitable full-time education either at a school or by making other suitable arrangements. It is the expectation and a legal requirement that the parents / carers of all pupils must ensure that their child attends punctually and regularly. If they do not, the school or local authority may ask them to sign a parenting contract or may issue a penalty sanction.
• The local authority may also prosecute a parent who fails to ensure their child’s regular school attendance or apply to the courts for an education supervision order in respect of the pupil himself/herself.
• Parents have a clear role in making sure their child is well behaved at school. If they do not, the school or local authority may ask them to sign a parenting contract or may apply for a court-imposed parenting order.
• Parents must take responsibility for their child, if excluded, and ensure that they are not in a public place without good reason during school hours within the first five school days of any exclusion. If they do not, the school or local authority may issue a penalty sanction.
Parents must also ensure that their child attends the suitable full time education provided by the school governing body or the local authority from the sixth day of any exclusion. Parents are expected to attend a reintegration interview following any fixed period exclusion from primary school and any fixed period exclusion of more than five days from secondary school. Failure to attend may make it more likely that the local authority will apply for a Parenting Order.
• All classes have a visual representation of behaviour displayed within the classroom; the sun, star and cloud.
• Children start out on the sun at the start of each day. If their behaviour is particularly good they will be moved onto the star. Children will receive house points as a reward.
• The winning House at the end of each half term is rewarded with a non- uniform day.
• House points are read out each Friday.
• Children whose behaviour falls short of the expected standards will have their names on the cloud. See Sanctions below.
• All children will start each day on the sun regardless of behaviour on the preceding day.
• Staff congratulate children on a regular basis recognising those children whose behaviour is always of a high standard.
• Each week, teachers nominate children from their classes for the Worker Bee Award and they are announced during each Friday’s Celebration Assembly. The children receive a certificate and sticker.
• Welfare Assistants nominate children who have been helpful or shown positive behaviour during lunchtimes and they are announced during each Friday’s Celebration Assembly. The children receive a certificate and sticker.
• Mr Smith our Site Supervisor awards a weekly Tidy Classroom Award and this is announced during each Friday’s Celebration Assembly. The winning Class receives an extra 5 minutes playtime.
• All the children recognised during Friday assembly will have their photograph on the Bees’ Board (Best Behaviour) in the school corridor for that week.
• The weekly newsletter and links with the local press also recognise special achievements.
The White Card System
For those children who feel that they may struggle to communicate their wishes to other people we operate a White Card system. Children may access a white card (attached by key ring/yard/table). All the children know that the white card means the card holder is not enjoying the game or conversation. They know that they must stop what they are doing. This system is voluntary and may be used frequently or infrequently.
If a child’s behaviour is poor they will be given a reminder of the expectation for their behaviour, if the behaviour continues they will be given a verbal warning that what they are doing is unacceptable and if the behaviour continues they will be moved to the cloud. Children put on the cloud visit the Head Teacher and appropriate conversations and sanctions take place.
Other rewards are:
Behaviour at St John’s Pilling School is generally good, however on the rare occasion when pupils do misbehave, staff may impose sanctions.
For low level disruption of insufficient effort, eg talking in class, shouting out, slow work rate not appropriate to the child’s own ability, pupils will be made aware of the potential problem in time for them to be given the opportunity to correct the matter. If this is not corrected they will move on to the cloud and may be given an appropriate sanction immediately such as completion of work during a break time or time out during a break time to consider the impact of their actions.
The sanction will where possible be given on the same day and as soon as possible. Once the work or timeout period is complete the matter is considered resolved.
This covers more serious disruption to school life and may include altercations between pupils, damage to personal property, inappropriate verbal comments or poor engagement in learning or persistent level 1 behaviours. As with level 1 behaviours the same sanctions may be used but in addition parents and carers will be informed at this stage by a word from the teacher at the end of the day.
This covers more serious misdemeanours that could result in injury or serious damage e.g. theft or assault. In this instance the school would contact parents and invite them to school to discuss the situations. Depending on the severity of the incident, the Head Teacher may follow Lancashire Authority’s guide to exclusion.
Sustained behaviour causing concern
If a child’s behaviour is causing concern or resulting in poor progress the class
teacher may ask parents/carers to participate in an individual behaviour programme designed to address the area of concern through a joint home- school approach.
School Support systems
As a fully inclusive school we recognise that for some children additional or
different action may be necessary as a result of a special educational need and/or disability. This is in accordance with the SEND code of practice. We recognise that a child with social, emotional or behaviour difficulties may require something additional or different in the same way that we would make curriculum adaptations for a child with learning needs.
Where this is the case, a child will be identified on our school SEN register. An individual behaviour plan will be established in consultation with the class teacher and the parents. This will outline agreed targets and strategies as well as the ways in which we will support the child.
When required advice from outside agencies will be sought in order to meet the needs of every child.
Exclusions rarely happen in primary schools. Only the Headteacher or a person acting as Headteacher in their absence may exclude a pupil. The Headteacher decides whether to exclude a pupil for a fixed term or permanently, in line with the school’s behaviour policy, taking into account all the circumstances, t he evidence available and the need to balance the interests of the pupil against those of the whole school community.
It is important to bear in mind that some types of harassing or threatening behaviour or communications could be a criminal offence for example under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, the Malicious Communications Act
1988, the Communications Act 2003 and the Public Order Act 1986. For example under the Malicious Communications Act 1988 it is an offence for a person to send an electronic communication to another person with the intent to cause distress or anxiety or to send an electronic communication which
conveys a message which is indecent or grossly offensive, a threat or information which is false and known or believed to be false by the sender. If school feel that an offence may have been committed they may elect to seek assistance from the Police but any reference to the police should only be undertaken with the agreement of the Headteacher.
It is important to note that in any cases of altercations between pupils, pupil
confidentiality will be upheld and parent/carers of each child will not receive
any information about any sanction given to a child other than their own. In this
instance parents should be reassured that the school’s behaviour policy and
procedures have been followed and implemented.
The following section of the policy is based on the advice from LEA
Confiscation of inappropriate items.
There are two sets of legal provisions which enable school staff to confiscate items from pupils:
The general power to discipline enables a member of staff to confiscate, retain or dispose of a pupil’s property as a punishment. Staff are protected against liability for damage to or loss or any confiscated items provided they have acted lawfully and reasonably. The confiscated item will be safely stored and if appropriate returned to the child or child’s parents by the end of the day.
Power to search without consent for prohibited items including
A. Knives and weapons
C. Illegal drugs
D. Stolen items
E. Tobacco and cigarette papers
F. Pornographic images
G. Any article that has been or is likely to be used to commit an offence cause injury or damage to property.
H. Any item banned by the school rules which has been identified in the rules as an item which may be searched for.
Any items from A or F would be handed directly to the police
The power to use reasonable force
In our school, we do not have a “no contact” policy as there is a real risk that such a policy might place a member of staff in breach of their duty of care towards a pupil or prevent them from taking action needed to prevent a pupil causing harm.
School staff have a legal power to use reasonable force. Force is usually used to control or restrain but never as a punishment.
Complaints about the use of Restrictive Physical Intervention /Reasonable Force
• All complaints about the use of force should be thoroughly, speedily and appropriately investigated. The Lancashire Designated Officer (LADO) will be contacted by the headteacher to support the school and investigate the allegation in greater detail.
• Where a member of staff has acted within the law – that is, they have used reasonable force in order to prevent injury, damage to property or disorder – this will provide a defence to any criminal prosecution or other civil or public law action.
• When a complaint is made the onus is on the person making the complaint to prove that his/her allegations are true – it is not for the member of staff to show that he/she has acted reasonably.
• Suspension should not be an automatic response when a member of staff has been accused of using excessive force. Schools should refer to the “Dealing with Allegations of Abuse against Teachers and Other Staff” guidance where an allegation of using excessive force is made against a teacher. This guidance makes clear that a person should not be
suspended automatically, or without careful thought.
• Schools must consider carefully whether the circumstances of the case warrant a person being suspended until the allegation is resolved or whether alternative arrangements are more appropriate.
• If a decision is taken to suspend a teacher/ teaching assistant, the school should ensure that the teacher has access to a named contact that can provide support.
• As employers, schools and local authorities have a duty of care towards their employees. It is important that schools provide appropriate pastoral care to all members of staff. All staff have access to Employee Service Counselling and Support.
The power to discipline beyond the school gates
Teachers have a statutory power to discipline pupils for misbehaving outside of the school premises.
Headteachers have a specific statutory power to regulate pupils’ behaviour in
these circumstances to such an extent as is reasonable. The pupil may be disciplined for any misbehaviour when the pupil is:
• Taking part in any school organised or school related activity
• Travelling to or from school
• Wearing the school uniform
• In some other way identifiable as a pupil at the school
The pupil may also be disciplined for misbehaviour at any time whether or not
the above conditions apply. The same principles and sanctions that are outlined
for the management of behaviour in school will be applied in accordance with
the severity of the behaviour.
Strategy for maintaining the effectiveness of the behaviour management policy
• To ensure that the governing body is aware that this is a policy that will be scrutinised by OFSTED and faith inspectors
• That the school has the responsibility for appointing a member of staff to co-ordinate the policy
• That the governing body give minuted approval annually
• That there are regular reports to Governors on the efficiency of the policy and the outcomes.
Agreed and discussed by the teaching staff January 2018