This policy operates in the context of the school’s Code of Conduct and reflects the ethos of the school.
We are a caring community with a strong Catholic ethos and believe that rewarding good behaviour and providing encouragement promotes a climate of consideration for others and encourages positive behaviour rather than merely deterring unacceptable or anti-social behaviour.
Our policy is centred on Jesus’ teachings of forgiveness. We encourage children to understand that if they are truly sorry for their actions they will be forgiven and have the chance to make a fresh start.
• To ensure that every member of the school community feels valued and respected.
• To support the way in which all members of this school community can live and work together in an environment that is happy, safe and secure and where effective learning can take place.
• To promote teaching and learning through the building of good relationships based on mutual respect and consideration for others.
• To help children grow in a safe, happy and secure environment and become positive, responsible and independent members of the community.
• To reward good behaviour and provide encouragement and stimulation to all pupils.
• To treat all children and adults fairly by applying this policy in a consistent way.
• To ensure that children and adults are aware of the School Rules and the Code of Conduct.
• To involve all children in their own classroom rules/code of conduct.
• To teach, through the school curriculum, values and attitudes as well as knowledge and skills, in order to promote responsible behaviour, self-discipline and respect for self, others and the world around us.
A Positive Approach
An effective discipline policy is one that seeks to lead children towards high self-esteem and self-discipline. Consequently, good discipline arises from good relationships and from setting expectations of good behaviour, care and consideration for others. It is important that children are familiar with the school ethos and the Code of Conduct. In this context, children will be rewarded for good behaviour. We will use a positive system of rewards, which will include:
• Non verbal praise (smile, thumbs up etc)
• Verbal praise
• Positive comments in books
• Special mentions in Assembly
• Exhibiting good work in class or in display areas
• Informal referral to Head Teacher, Assistant Heads or Class teachers for commendation
• Using stars/smiley faces on charts, books, merits, stickers etc.
• House points.
We reinforce good behaviour and strive to help our children feel good about themselves.
Our Code of Conduct is:
• To Respect others, ourselves and our environment.
• To Respond honestly and politely with a tolerant, hard working, friendly attitude.
• To be Responsible for our actions and words, taking care of the people and the world around us.
• To Reward others and ourselves by being thankful and sharing positive actions and words.
School Rules are:
• I will be kind and helpful to other children and adults.
• I will be polite and always remember good manners.
• I will work hard and do the best I can.
• I will play in a friendly way.
• I will take care of people, property and equipment.
• I will be responsible and present myself well.
The Role of Parents
Parents have a vital role to play in their child’s education. It is very important that they support their child’s learning and co-operate with the school. We are conscious of the need for having strong links with parents and good communication between home and school.
We will inform parents if we have any concerns about their child’s welfare or behaviour and we would appreciate it, if parents have concerns, that they make these known to the class teacher or head teacher either in person or by phone call.
If parents are unhappy for any reason we ask that you let the school know as soon as possible. An appointment can be made to see the Head Teacher or a member of staff. Parents, relatives and visitors should set an example to children when dealing with sensitive incidents or situations that may have upset them. We ask that everybody follows our Code of Conduct and deal with situations in a calm and respectful manner. Parents need to ensure that they treat all members of our school community with respect and dignity, dealing with matters in a polite and calm manner.
Sequence of Sanctions
Failure to abide by the principles of our Code of Conduct may result in the following punishments or sanctions being applied:
Remind ~ Reflect ~ Review ~ Record ~ Remove
1. The pupil will be given a visual reminder and verbally told that a specific behaviour needs to stop.
2. If behaviour continues, remind child and write their name on board. Three warnings before removal.
3. After three warnings child will be given time out for reflection. This can be inside the classroom at a table where they are isolated or outside the classroom with supervision.
4. A child will be expected to review and modify their behaviour and allowed to return to the activity/class with clear guidance about expectations.
5. If the behaviour is not modified and other children are having their learning disrupted then a teacher will need to remove the child to another class. (See support system below). Staff will record this in a class behaviour log and parents will be informed.
6. If behaviour is disrupting learning and the strategies above cannot be applied. A message will be sent to the office and a senior member of staff will remove the child from class. Parents will always be informed if this level of sanction is necessary. Incidents at this level will be dealt with by a senior member of staff.
7. Withdrawal of privileges will be applied for unacceptable behaviour:
• Loss of break time.
• Exclusion from an extra-curricular activity
• Exclusion from a school organised outing or trip
• Exclusions from lunchtime
These will be appropriate to the situation and the age of the child. Parents will be informed if deemed necessary. Care will be taken not to jeopardise the delivery of the curriculum.
8. The pupil may be asked to write out some or all of the school rules or to complete an extra piece of work during lunch/break time. Pupils will be supervised by their class teacher, who will record the misdemeanour and the sanction applied.
9. Advice and assistance for the school and the pupil may be sought from other professionals e.g. Educational Welfare Officer, Learning and Behaviour Support Service and School Nurse if appropriate. Parents will always be informed if this level of support is needed.
10. Extremely serious misconduct may result in fixed term or permanent exclusion.
The following are regarded by the Governors as valid reasons for fixed term or permanent exclusion:
• Persistent bullying
• Physical or verbal or racial abuse towards a pupil or member of staff
• Extreme disruptive behaviour in class
• Persistent infringements of school rules
• Significant damage to school, staff or pupil’s property, either in or outside school
• Stealing from school, staff or pupils, in or outside school
• A very serious problem may result in the normal procedures being abandoned and a child being taken home straight away
Emphasis in the school is on promoting good behaviour rather than carrying out sanctions and punishments. We feel however that in the rare cases of unacceptable behaviour parents should be aware of the procedures used in school to ensure that Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School is a happy and safe place for all children.
The Role of Governors
The Governors have endorsed this policy and, with the Head Teacher, will review its effectiveness. They will ensure that the policy is administered fairly and consistently.