Behaviour Principles Statement
The school’s positive behaviour policy is designed to reinforce good behaviour. Emphasis is placed on praising good manners, kindness and consideration towards peers and elders, respect for the physical environment and appreciation of effort. We constantly foster a team spirit. At Drighlington Primary School we believe that good behaviour is essential to the effectiveness of the school as a learning organization. Every child is important to us, and we believe that all children are entitled to a safe, happy purposeful and orderly working environment. Parental support is a key factor to the success of our positive behaviour policy. At our school, everyone is expected to:
- Behave calmly and sensibly
- Be honest and trustworthy
- Be friendly and helpful
- Be polite and well mannered
- Speak to others appropriately
- Look after property and equipment
- Try to be successful and make people proud
- Have respect for each other and for the rules of the school
Praise and rewards are the motivating forces in creating self-discipline and most children respond well to this approach We promote good behaviour by providing consistent rewards. We praise children constantly, through verbal praise, stickers, certificates and sharing of good work and achievements. We use ClassDojo on a daily basis and the rewards given can be seen at any time by families, using our ClassDojo app. On a weekly basis, teachers select Superhero children who are praised and given Superhero wristbands. Teachers work with children to choose Friday Five children, who then select a small reward from a selection of gifts. Children sometimes spend time with our visiting therapy dog.
We have clear rules to ensure that children know what is expected of them and to help them to get back on track if things go wrong. We aim to teach children about responsibility, so that they understand what they can do to improve their behaviour. They are taught this within the following guidelines which we call our “STEP” system:
- Step 1, a reminder
- Step 2, a warning
- Step 3, time out (in own or another class during lessons)
- Step 4, serious talk (child taken out of class to see a member of the Behaviour Support Team
Staff always talk to the child about what they have done and what their next choices are. The first three steps are not usually reported to parents, but if children get on early steps regularly, we will report this to parents. Step fours are usually reported to parents. A step four means behaviour is extreme, is disrespectful, dangerous or is disrupting teaching and learning and will not be tolerated.
All staff are consistent in their use of the STEP system and the children in our school understand that our simple procedures are in place to guide and help them. Bullying, swearing, racist behaviour, verbal or physical violence and deliberate damage to property are not tolerated at Drighlington Primary School.
As they are so well behaved, it is a pleasure to take our children out of school and people often comment upon how polite the children of Drighlington Primary School are when we are out and about – an achievement we are very proud of!