The behaviour policy 2016 can be downloaded in full by clicking the link below
It is a primary aim of Black Horse Hill Junior School that every member of the school community feels valued and respected and that each person is treated fairly and well. We are a caring community, whose values are built on mutual trust and respect for all. The school’s behaviour policy is therefore designed to support the way in which all members of the school can work together in a supportive way. It aims to promote an environment in which everyone feels happy, safe and secure.
The school has a number of rules, but our behaviour policy is not primarily concerned with rule enforcement. It is a means of promoting good relationships, so that people can work together with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn. This policy supports the school community in aiming to allow everyone to work together in an effective and considerate way.
The school expects every member of the school community to behave in a considerate and respectful way towards others. We treat all children and staff fairly and apply this behaviour policy in a consistent way.
This policy aims to help children grow in a safe and secure environment, encouraging them to become positive, responsible and increasingly independent members of the school community.
The school recognises and promotes good behaviour, as it believes that this will develop an ethos of kindness and cooperation. This policy is designed to encourage good behaviour, rather than merely deter anti-social behaviour.
Behaviour Management is the responsibility of all staff at Black Horse Hill Junior School.
Role of the Headteacher
It is the responsibility of the Headteacher to implement the school Behaviour Policy consistently throughout the school and to report to governors, when requested, on the effectiveness of the policy. It is also the responsibility of the Headteacher to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all children and staff in the school.
The Headteacher supports the staff by implementing the policy, by setting the standards of behaviour and by supporting staff in their implementation of the policy.
The Headteacher keeps records of all reported serious incidents of misbehaviour
including bullying and racism.
The Headteacher has the responsibility for giving temporary and/or fixed-term exclusions to individual children for serious acts of misbehaviour. For repeated or very serious acts of anti-social behaviour, the Headteacher may permanently exclude a child. These actions are taken only after the school governors have been notified and are in compliance with the Local Authority guidelines.
The Role of the Class Teacher
It is the responsibility of class teachers to ensure that the school rules are enforced in their classes, and that their classes behave in a responsible manner during lesson time.
The class teachers in our school have high expectations of the children with regard to behaviour and they strive to ensure that all children work to the best of their ability.
The class teacher must be a role model for the children and treat each child fairly, enforcing the classroom code consistently. The teachers treat all children in their classes with respect and understanding.
The class teacher should ensure that a record is kept of repeated misbehavior in the Class Behaviour Log / Individual Behaviour Passport, as outlined in the consequences of the traffic light system. Parents will be contacted and made aware of repeated low level negative behaviour, as indicated in the Amber section of the traffic light system.
e) Should a child be moved onto Amber after a clear warning, it is not possible for them to move back to Green for the day. Due to the more serious nature of ‘Red’ level behaviour, any child moved to Red must remain on Red until the end of the day and their behavior reported to the Head Teacher and then monitored.
If a child misbehaves repeatedly in class and is moved to the Red section of the traffic light system, it is the class teacher’s responsibility to inform the Head Teacher or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
The class teacher reports to parents and carers about the progress of each child in their class, in line with the whole-school policy. The class teacher may also separately contact a parent if there are concerns about the behaviour or welfare of a child.
The Role of Support Staff (TAs and HLTAs)
Support staff should provide a positive model of behaviour and ensure that high expectations are made explicit to the children. They should inform class teachers of any inappropriate behaviour. They have the authority to use the traffic light system for both rewards for positive behaviour and sanctions for poor behaviour choices.
The Role of other Staff:- Midday Assistants / Sport Coaches / Language teachers
All other staff should provide a positive model of behaviour and ensure that high expectations are made explicit to the children. They have the authority to use the traffic light system for rewards for positive behaviour. They must, however, inform class teachers of any inappropriate behaviour and discuss consequences and sanctions of that behaviour with the teacher/ Head Teacher.
Midday Assistants / Kitchen staff are able to recommend pupils for a ‘Golden Citizen’
/ Gold level award, for persistently showing outstanding examples of the gold level code of behaviour. The Midday Supervisor will then check that the pupil is currently on green level, before they can move their name to the Gold level on their class chart.
The Role of Parents and Carers
Parents and Carers agree to a Home School Agreement when enrolling their child at the school. Parents are expected to adhere to the Home School Agreement and support the actions of the school.
The school collaborates actively with parents and carers, so that children receive consistent messages about how to behave at home and at school.
We expect parents and carers to support their child’s learning and to cooperate with the school. If the school has to use reasonable sanctions to punish a child for poor behaviour, parents should support the actions of the school.
If parents have any concern about the way their child has been treated, they should initially contact the class teacher. If the concern remains they should contact the Assistant Headteacher or Headteacher. A formal grievance or panel process can be implemented through the appropriate governor’s panel.
Role of School Governors
The Governing Body has the responsibility of setting down these general guidelines on standards of discipline and behaviour and reviewing their effectiveness. They support the headteacher in carrying out these guidelines.
Rewards and Sanctions
At Black Horse Hill Junior School we have a traffic light system in every classroom. On this system appropriate behaviour is outlined clearly for all the children to understand.
All children begin the day at a GREEN level. It is assumed they will stay on green, unless their behaviour choices mean that they have to be moved to another colour.
Low level behaviours or disruptions which result in the child moving to AMBER level are clearly marked on the system. More serious, repeated behaviour, which result in the child moving to RED level are also clearly marked on the system.
Positive behaviour choices of an outstanding level or behaviour which results in children being given a ‘Golden Citizen’ reward will result in the child moving to GOLD level. These are also clearly marked on the system.
The class teacher will maintain a behaviour log / Individual Behaviour Passport, keeping a record of any children on the Amber /Red levels.
Before moving to Amber or Red, children will be given a clear warning…
”You are not behaving in an acceptable manner. If you continue to …………. You will have to move your name to Amber.”
”You are not behaving in an acceptable manner. If you continue to …………. You will have to move your name to Red.”
If their poor behaviour continues after the warning, they will move onto the Amber / Red level, as appropriate.
Children must move their own names to a different level. If they are currently not in their classroom, they must return to their own room and move their name to the new level.
Exclusions from School
Only the Head Teacher (or acting) has the power to exclude a pupil from school. The Head Teacher may exclude a pupil for one or more fixed periods for up to 45 days in any one school year.
The headteacher may also exclude a pupil permanently. It is also possible for the headteacher to convert fixed-term exclusions into a permanent exclusion, if the circumstances warrant it.
If the head teacher excludes a pupil, he/she informs the parent immediately, giving reasons for the exclusion. At the same time the headteacher makes it clear to the parents that they can, if they wish, appeal against the decision of the Governing Body. The school informs the parents how to make any such appeal.
The Local Authority and the Governing body will be informed about any permanent or fixed term exclusion beyond 5 days in any one term.
The Traffic Light System of Standards of Behaviour
The Green rules – our School Code of Conduct – applies to all aspects of the school day.
Rewards and consequences of behaviour
The Black Horse Hill Junior School Code of Conduct
1. Concentrate and look at the teacher in all lessons.
2. Listen to the teacher when they are talking.
3. Follow instructions and don’t argue or answer back.
4. Put your hand up when you want to talk.
5. Always be kind and respectful, showing good manners in the classroom.
6. Be a good citizen, showing friendship to all others.
7. Always walk sensibly around the classroom and around the school.
8. Respect all property of the school and of other children.
9. Do not hurt others through your actions or words.
10. Always try your hardest and do the best that you can in your lessons.
Pupil of the week
This weekly award, given out in Friday morning assemblies is for a piece of work or behaviour that has stood out for the pupil concerned for that week. They can be nominated by any member of staff, in discussion with the class teacher.
No pupil who has been on the Red Level of behaviour in the week can win the pupil of the week.
A pupil who has been on the Amber level once for that week can win the pupil of the week, only at the discretion of the class teacher.
Teachers should endeavor to award the pupil of the week award to every member of their class, at least once throughout the school year. All teachers should keep a record of who has won the award throughout the year.
Maths Magicians / Reading Champions / Wonderful Writers
For pupils who demonstrate excellence and enthusiasm in the core subjects of reading, writing and mathematics there will be an award every month for excellent writers, readers and mathematicians. There will be one award of each category in each year group. These will be recommended by teachers in that year group. Winners will have their work and photo displayed on boards in the school hall.
Children can wear a special T-shirt in school, instead of school jumper for the duration of their award. A letter home to the parents will accompany the award.
Expectations for playground behaviour are very clear to all staff and children, and children are regularly reminded about how to use the playground area and the equipment.
As in classroom situations, adults warn children verbally if their behaviour is inappropriate after which, the traffic light system will be enforced.
Watched by a teacher, children will move their name up and down the traffic light system on return to the classroom. This will be recorded in the behaviour log / behaviour passport.
Any more serious incidents such as aggressive behaviour – either physical or verbal – are dealt with by the Headteacher or the Assistant Headteacher.
The school does not tolerate bullying of any kind. If we discover an act of bullying or intimidation has taken place, we act immediately to stop any further occurrences of such behaviour. Whilst it is very difficult to eradicate bullying, we do everything in our power to ensure all children attend school, where they feel safe and are free from fear (see the Anti-Bullying Policy).
Use of Force
All members of staff are aware of the regulations regarding the use of force by teachers, as set out in DfE circular 10/98, relating to section 550A of the Education Act 1996: The Use of Force to Control or Restrain Pupils. Some members of our staff have been trained in ‘Team-Teach’ methods, a way of safely handling disruptive and aggressive pupils.
Teachers in our school do not hit, push or slap children. Staff only intervene physically to restrain children or to prevent an injury to another child, or if a child is in danger of hurting him/herself. The actions that we take are in line with the government guidelines on the restraint of children.
The following systems are in place to monitor behaviour:
Class teachers will record Amber and Red incidents in a Class Behaviour Log / Behaviour passport chart.
Class teachers will have copies of letters that they can send home to parents/carers if they want to discuss a child’s behaviour. If a letter is sent home, this needs to be recorded in the log and the letter sent to the office for posting. The headteacher must be informed if a letter is sent home.
Any phone calls must also be logged.
If a teacher sends a letter home and receives no response from the parent/carer within two school days, the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher should be informed. A second letter will then be sent to the parent/carer from the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher or a phone call will be made.
Serious incidents are recorded in an incident log in the Headteacher’s office.
If a child refuses to go to the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher, the class teacher will send the SOS card to the office. In the playground a Midday Meal supervisor will send another child to inform the Deputy Headteacher or the Headteacher of the situation
The Governing Body reviews this policy every two years. The Governors may however, review the policy earlier than this if the Government introduces new regulations, or if the Governing Body receives recommendations on how the policy might be improved.