Statement of Principles – Behaviour
At Sudley Infant School we aim to develop every member of our school community through constructive comments and positive responses.
We work hard to create a safe and happy environment in which all pupils are able to achieve their full potential.
We are a caring community whose values are built on mutual trust and respect and where we expect our children to develop high personal standards and strong moral values.
The School’s Behaviour Policy and Anti-bullying policies (see below) are designed to support the way in which all members of the school community can live and work together.
We believe that:
- our school should be a place where children and staff feel safe and are happy and healthy.
- our school should be a place where children can learn and teachers can teach without disturbance.
- children learn better when praised and rewarded – positive attitudes should be encouraged.
- children and the whole school community should know, understand and accept our code of conduct and class rules – parental involvement and support is very important.
- everyone in school should be sensitive to issues of race, gender, SEN and disability, as well as individual needs of children experiencing difficulties, in line with the Equality Act 2010.
Every parent wants to know that their child will be safe and happy at school and every child has the right to learn in a well-run, orderly school, with good behaviour in every classroom. Managing young children’s behaviour is part of the job that home and school needs to do in partnership. It is absolutely essential that your child’s three years are happy here. Good behaviour is achieved when people work together for the benefit of all children. That means:
- being open, honest and fair with each other.
- listening to each other.
- working together to solve problems.
- encouraging your child to achieve a reward for positive behaviour.
As partners in the education of your child it is important that you have access to our routines. Please note that incidents happen quite often during the school day/year. By thorough investigation we can assess whether situations are single incidents, accidents or just a child striking out in momentary fear or anger. Each situation is, therefore, very different and cannot be compared to others.
We take time to listen to the children’s story/alleged incident; we talk calmly and try to sort out solutions sensibly. We do not automatically tell children off/withdraw privileges unless we are very sure that the children have acted deliberately or inappropriately. Obviously each incident is individual and the guidelines below serve as a whole school approach and are not fixed in stone.
If your child is unhappy at school please inform the class teacher so that we can sort any problems out immediately. Encourage your child to ‘tell’ an adult or, failing an adult, a friend who can then tell the class teacher if the child her/himself does not want to say exactly what happened. For children who find it very difficult – we encourage them to put their photograph in the ‘something is worrying me’ pocket. There is a special pocket in each class which the teacher/support staff look in regularly. If a child puts their picture in there, the class teacher is able to have a quiet, private chat with the child.
Misbehaviour is usually defined as behaviour which causes concern to teachers. However, there are some serious forms of bad behaviour such as bullying and racial harassment which only or mainly affect pupils. Bullying includes both physical and psychological intimidation. Disruptive or bullying behaviour by even a small minority of pupils can create a school environment in which pupils feel unsafe, undermining effective teaching and learning. We aim
- to be alert to signs of bullying and racial harassment.
- to deal firmly with all such behaviour.
- to take clear actions based on appropriate sanctions and systems to protect and support victims.
- to encourage children to tell a friend or an adult.
A positive school atmosphere involves a sense of community. This is what we are aiming for at Sudley Infant School. We take seriously bad behaviour which mainly affects pupils. We make it clear to pupils and their parents that such behaviour is a serious offence against our community which will be noted and dealt with. Please see our Anti-Bullying Policy’ for more details.
General rules for behaviour in and around the school
· Listen to, and do what you are told.
· Be polite to all – call everyone by their given name
· Play together and walk away from trouble – tell an adult.
· Walk quietly – only be where you are supposed to be.
· Look after all property.
We cannot support the idea that children must hit back.