• Have courage to take risks in our learning and learn from mistakes.
• Understand that making mistakes is a part of learning.
• Embrace challenge.
• Believe in ourselves and in others.
• Share our achievements with others.
• Trust in our ability.
• Be resilient and have the confidence to persevere.
• Respect the thoughts and feelings of others.
• Care for each other and for the environment.
• Listen to, and value, the views and opinions of others.
• Understand that everyone is unique and respect our individuality.
• Show respect for people, property and the environment.
• Understand the impact that our actions have on others and on the environment.
• Celebrate and share achievement and success.
• Be proud of our achievements.
• Praise and celebrate the achievement of others.
• Enjoy being successful.
• Be reflective about the journey to success and learn from it.
• Share success to influence others positively.
• Contribute within a team to achieve success.
Freegrounds Junior school behaviour policy supports our vision and core values.
Behaviour Policy Aims
• To have a consistent whole school behaviour policy supported and followed by the whole school community, based on a sense of community and shared values
• To apply positive policies to create an atmosphere in which teaching and learning can take place in a safe, happy and productive environment
• To teach values and attitudes, as well as knowledge and skills, with the development of spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding at the heart
• To promote responsible behaviour, self-discipline and encourage children’s respect for themselves, for other people and for property
• To reward good behaviour by providing a range of rewards for children of all ages and abilities
• To make clear to children the distinction between minor and more serious misbehaviour and the range of sanctions that will follow
• To treat problems when they occur in a manner that aims to achieve an improvement in future behaviour
Code of Conduct
• All members of the school community are asked to respect each other
• All children should respect their own and other people’s property and to take care of the school environment and property
• Children should be well-behaved, well-mannered and attentive
• Children should move around the school safely
• Children report problems with their peers to a member of staff who will deal with the matte
• Physical violence is unacceptable. Repeated or serious incidents will lead to exclusion
• Foul or abusive language is not used
• Children are expected to be punctual
• Children must not bring sharp or dangerous instruments to school, or any item that might cause a problem
• Children should wear the correct school uniform.
• Jewellery is limited to stud earrings and watches
• Children do not wear any make-up, including nail varnish
Children are not expected to have bleached or coloured hair and haircuts should not be shorter than a number 3 cut. Hair gel is not permitted. Shoulder length hair should be neatly tied back and hair should not obscure vision. Hair bows should be small, preferably in school colours. No exaggerated hairstyles are allowed, including line/patterning through hair cutting or shaving for example.
Jewellery and other items
The wearing of jewellery is not permitted except for small gold or silver stud earrings , without gem stones, in each ear (one in each ear). These must be removed for all physical activities and removal will be the responsibility of the child concerned. No adult may assist with removal or replacement of earrings. No other body piercings are permitted. The wearing of nail varnish and temporary tattoos is not permitted.
Our School Behaviour Code
This was written by the School Council in 2016-17 working with their peers in each class. It was published in January 2017 and is displayed in every classroom and around the shared spaces in school.
A major aim of the school policy is to encourage children to practice good behaviour by operating a system of praise and reward for all children.
Freegrounds Junior School reward scheme is based on house points through which individual children are rewarded for academic and non-academic achievements, for example, for great effort, being caring and for all aspects of good work and good behaviour. House points contribute toward a whole house total, with weekly, half termly and yearly house trophies. Points also lead to children earning individual awards. Bronze, silver and gold badges and certificates are awarded throughout the year.
Individual certificates, celebrating achievements based on our Learning to Learn values, are awarded weekly during Friday’s Celebration Assembly. These certificates are displayed on the Learning to Learn board in the hall throughout the following week.
Almost all of our children respond to this positive approach where their efforts are seen to be valued, and try hard to improve their work, and, where necessary, their behaviour.
At the end of each half term certificates are given for 100% attendance. At the end of the year special certificates are given to those children who have achieved 100% for the year.
Each Friday the Lunchtime Supervisors nominate up to six pupils for a Lunchtime Award based on our school behaviour code. The pupils nominated are awarded with a certificate in Celebration Assembly and invited to sit at Top Table in the dining hall with the Headteacher or other nominated member of staff the following Monday lunchtime.
Unfortunately, occasionally children choose to behave in a manner not in keeping with the school code of conduct. Children need to discover where the bounds of acceptable behaviour lie, as this is an important part of growing up.
Minor breaches of discipline are generally dealt with by the class teacher in a supportive and fair manner, with some flexibility regarding age of the child, as far as sanctions are concerned.
Each case is treated individually. Generally children are made aware that they are responsible for their own actions and that breaking rules will lead to sanctions. Each new day is a fresh start.
Consequences for children who choose to misbehave
During lessons, the procedure for dealing with misbehaviour is as follows:
• For a minor first offence a child will receive a warning.
• For a second offence the child’s name will be written on the board.
• For a third offence a cross will be added and the child will be sent to work in a part of the room where they are isolated from other children.
• If there are any further offences then the child will be sent, along with an appropriate activity with which they require no help, to another (twinned) classroom. The year learning and progress leader will be informed by the class teacher and, at the end of the lesson, they will both talk to the child to discuss and agree the conditions for a return to class. Classes are twinned as follows:
Year 3 with Year 5
Year 4 with Year 6
• If there are any concerns during the pupil’s time in the twinned class a message will be sent to a Deputy Head or Headteacher and pupil will be removed
Names on board will be removed at the end of each day to allow children the chance to have a fresh start. However, teachers will keep track of any poor behaviour by using behaviour record books.
They will then contact and involve parents at the earliest possible stage if problems are persistent or recurring.
Major Breaches of Discipline
Major breaches of discipline include physical assault, deliberate damage to property, stealing, leaving the school premises without permission, verbal abuse, refusal to work and sustained disruptive behaviour in class.
This type of behaviour is rare and is dealt with by the Headteacher or a Deputy Headteacher.
The standard procedure for this sort of problem follows a set pattern. Failure to improve leads automatically to the next stage.
Procedures for Dealing with Major Breaches of Discipline
• A verbal warning by the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher as to future conduct
• Withdrawal from the classroom for a fixed period
• A meeting with parents, and a warning given about the next stage unless there is an improvement in the child’s behaviour
• An Individual Behaviour Management Plan is drawn up
• A case conference involving parents and support agencies
If the problem is severe or recurring then temporary or permanent exclusion procedures are implemented
• Temporary or permanent exclusion in line with County procedures
• Parents have the right of appeal to the Governing Body against any decision to exclude
N.B. A very serious problem may result in the normal procedure being overruled and a child being taken home straight away following an immediate exclusion from school, in which cases the County’s procedures are followed.
At lunchtime the Senior Lunchtime Supervisor and a team of Lunchtime Assistants carry out supervision. The supervisors are expected to maintain order. Usually this consists of reminding children of the standard of behaviour expected. Following a warning, any behaviour considered as inappropriate is recorded in a lunchtime behaviour book by the Senior Lunchtime Supervisor. Year Learning and Progress Leaders liaise with the Senior Lunchtime Supervisor and monitor names recorded in the book, ensuring appropriate action is taken. This may lead to a lunchtime detention being given the following day by the child’s class teacher.
The supervisors must be treated with the respect expected by all adults at Freegrounds Junior School. Verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated.
Persistent or serious misbehaviour at lunchtime is brought to the attention of the Headteacher or the Deputy Headteacher. Parents will be informed if there is no improvement in behaviour and the child will be excluded from the premises at lunchtime for a fixed time. This will be followed, if necessary, by permanent exclusion.
Major breaches of discipline procedures will be followed as stated previously.
Catch up time
If a child has wasted time during a lesson and not completed the amount expected of him / her in the given time then the class teacher may send the pupil to ‘Catch Up’ clinic for a maximum of 20 minutes at lunchtime. If a child is required to ‘catch up’ on more than two occasions, it will be reported and discussed with the Year Learning and Progress Leader. The Year Learning and Progress Leader will decide the appropriate course of action. Teachers supervise catch up time. Pupils report to Catch Up at 12:15pm to complete their work and leave to eat their lunch no later than 12:35pm.
Behaviour report card
If there are ongoing concerns about a child’s behaviour then they may be issued with a behaviour report card. This will completed by a teacher after each lesson. The class teacher is responsible for reviewing the child’s behaviour with them at the end of each day and for setting behaviour objectives. Any pupil on a behaviour report card will review them at the end of the week with the Year Learning and Progress Leader. The cards will be sent home to parents at the end of each day for a comment and signature. Before a child is given a behaviour report card parents will be informed. The Deputy Heads/Headteacher will be kept updated of the child’s progress by the Year Learning and Progress Leader.
Bullying and Harassment
Bullying and Harassment within school are totally unacceptable and the school operates a zero tolerance policy. All incidents are recorded on pupils Behaviour Concerns sheet (both bully and bullied) and dealt with in accordance with the sanctions within this policy. Bullying and harassment are seen as a serious breakage of the code of conduct and will be dealt with accordingly. Please refer to our separate Anti –Bullying policy for further details.
A strong partnership with parents is important in maintaining and improving our high standards of behaviour. All parents are asked to sign a Home School Agreement when their child starts at the school. In addition, parents can help:
• By recognising that an effective school behaviour policy requires close partnership between parents, teachers and children
• By discussing the school rules with their child, emphasising their support of them and assisting when possible with their enforcement
• By attending parents’ evenings and other school based event as well as by developing informal contacts with school
• By knowing that learning and teaching cannot take place without sound discipline and a positive behaviour for learning ethos
• By remembering that staff deal with behaviour problems patiently and positively
These forms are used to record:
• Any incidents involving a child, or anyone employed in school which results in personal injury or damage to property
• Loss, theft, or damage to property
• Any other incidents or matters of a serious nature
These incidents are ones which may give rise to disciplinary or legal action or become a matter of public interest (for example confrontational incidents, absconding etc.).
Incident forms should be used and are available from the office. These are covered by the Data Protection Act 1998.
Intervention and Restraint
If a child’s behaviour means that their own safety or the safety of others is in danger then staff will use physical restraint.
The child should be removed from the situation as soon as possible and taken to a member of the Senior Management Team who will take immediate action to involve parents.
An incident form should be filled in and the situation discussed with the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher or Kate Dench, Chair of Governors.
For further details on restraint refer to our Restrictive Physical Intervention Policy which is available from school.
Date approved by the Governing Body: September 2017
Date of next review: July 2019