At Putteridge Primary School we have high expectations of behaviour, and we work together to create a learning environment in which everyone feels respected, valued and treated fairly.
Children are encouraged to behave appropriately and achieve their individual academic potential by giving rewards such as ‘table of the week’, additional playtime for good playground behaviour and stickers and merits (see Merit system and reward policy). Putteridge Primary also has Prefects that help to reinforce positive behaviour throughout Key Stage 2.
At Putteridge we follow a Values Programme to encourage children to make the right choice with their behaviour. The values that we focus on are:-
Positivity, friendship, unity, co-operation, patience, respect, fairness, tolerance and compassion.
Strategies for Promoting Positive Behaviour
- Interesting learning
- Clear and consistent high expectations
- Praise for positive behaviour
- Celebrating success
- Positive messages communicated in assemblies
Strategies for Modifying Behaviour
Children should be given one verbal warning before any consequence is given. This is always to be accompanied by an explicit explanation of what aspect of their behaviour has been unacceptable. For example “if you shout out again without putting up your hand, then your name will be put on the chart”. However if the child has displayed extreme behaviour, they will not receive a warning.
It is good practice to speak to a child quietly if they need to be spoken to about their behaviour, rather than in front of the whole class. Staff should never talk about one student’s behaviour within hearing of another.
Recording Unacceptable Behaviour
All incidents of negative behaviour will be briefly recorded on a behaviour log (which can be found in the SEN folder in each classroom). This is important so that a history of a child’s behaviour is collated and may be required as evidence when speaking to parents or outside agencies. It will also serve to remind the teacher which day the child’s name can be removed from the classroom chart.
It is important that negative behaviour that occurs at breaktime or lunchtime is communicated to the class teacher, or the member of staff taking the child’s class, so that it is recorded on the classroom behaviour chart.
Consequences for unacceptable behaviour could be removal from the classroom, completing a ‘feelings, thoughts and behaviour’ questionnaire (to be found in the SEN class folder), loss of breaktime, being taken to work in another classroom or working in the office of a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
In Key Stage 1 the smiley face and sad face is used to encourage positive behaviour. This is used in all Key Stage 1 classes. If this is not successful, they then move onto the green card system:
Stage 1 – Green
If a child receives three green cards in 5 days, they then move to an amber card. The child’s name is recorded on the chart along with the date that the green card was given. The class teacher will inform parents using the Home School diary, telephone call or by speaking to them when they collect their child. All incidents must be recorded in the behaviour log in the SEN folder. Once a child has 5 days of positive behaviour, the cards will all be removed from the chart.
Stage 2 – Amber
If a child receives three amber cards, the class teacher will arrange a meeting with the child’s parent. If a child receives three amber cards within a 5 day period then the next card that they will be given is a red card.
Stage 3 – Red
If the child receives a red card the Assistant Headteacher or Deputy Head teacher will be informed, and then speak to the child’s parent.
It is important for all children to have the opportunity to have a ‘fresh start’, and so a week after a child’s name has been recorded on the chart at green, amber or red, their name will be taken off, once they have 5 consecutive days of positive behaviour. Therefore if the last entry is on a Thursday, after a week of no additional incidents, the child’s name will be removed from the chart the following Thursday. This will happen regardless of whether the last entry was at green, amber or red.
If a child begins to show a recurring pattern of inappropriate behaviour, then a conversation between the class teacher, the Assistant Head for Inclusion (Miss Spiteri) and the Behaviour Support Teacher (Mrs Armiger) will take place to discuss alternative strategies.
Fixed Term Exclusions
In rare circumstances, a child may receive a fixed term exclusion of up to five days. The Headteacher will inform the child’s parents immediately and their right to make representations to the Governing Body and the L.E.A. Parents of an excluded child will attend a meeting with the Headteacher before they return to school. Strategies will be agreed upon to decrease the probability of a further exclusion.