Behaviour and Positive Relationships

Behaviour of our children at Buckingham Park is good and we are very proud of them. We have a clear, fair and robust policy which enables pupils to make good choices regarding their behaviour. It is a primary aim of our school that every member of the school community feels happy, valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. We are a caring community with mutual trust and respect for all.

The primary aim of this policy is to promote good choices so that everyone can work together and learn well. It aims to promote relationships which are happy, safe and secure.

Roles, Rights and Responsibilities for Pupils

It is the responsibility of pupils to make good choices at all times with all adults and pupils in school. This will lead to pupils behaving well and building up and maintaining good relationships. Pupils should follow four simple rules to avoid bad choices:

  • do as you are asked the first time
  • keep hands, feet and objects to yourselves
  • be kind and polite
  • always do your best

Following instructions can include ‘3-2-1-Stop’; in our school, this means three things:

  • silent voices
  • empty hands
  • eyes on the speaker

Roles, Rights and Responsibilities for Staff

All staff in our school have high expectations of the children in terms of their relationships, choices and behaviour. A key priority is to reward and praise good choices in order to reinforce good behaviour and positive relationships. This includes following the school rules.

Roles, Rights and Responsibilities for Parents/Carers

The school works collaboratively with parents so children receive consistent messages about how to behave. We aim to build a supportive dialogue between the home and the school. We inform parents immediately if we have concerns about their child’s welfare or behaviour – this includes if a child receives five warnings or if there is a pattern of regularly receiving warnings.

We expect parents to:

  • be aware that we have school rules (regularly communicated to parents) and to support them
  • co-operate with the school
  • support their child’s learning
  • support the school’s decision when applying consequences to deal with any specific incident/issue

Working together for good behaviour in schools is a helpful document for parents.

Positive consequences

Each teacher and their class develop their own systems of reward and praise, based on the overall school principles set out in this policy. This will include at least individual and class rewards. Some of the positive consequences for the good choices and good behaviour that children show are:

  • regular praise and verbal feedback to reinforce positive behaviour
  • children are congratulated
  • children sharing work or achievements with another class or head teacher or deputy head
  • certificates and golden leaves which are usually based on learning and on a social and emotional aspects of learning which are given in Friday Assemblies
  • Cool Class Tokens are given to children for good choices, good relationships, politeness, co-operation or acts of kindness in school – the class with the most Cool Class Tokens is awarded the Cool Class Cup in Friday Assembly.

Sweets are not used as rewards; as a healthy school, we prefer to reward in other ways.

Negative Consequences

Staff at Buckingham Park Primary employ consistently and clearly a hierarchy of negative consequences or ‘warnings’ if a child breaks a school rule. This is to ensure a safe and effective learning environment in which positive, happy, healthy relationships flourish.

The series of warnings is:

  1. A reminder about behaviour and choices
  2. Miss five minutes of break and /or away from groups (pm)
  3. Time out of class and miss five minutes of break or 15 minutes of lunch with head teacher/deputy head
  4. Child sees head teacher and parents are informed
  5. Internal exclusion and miss all of lunch break

Serious misbehaviour (e.g. disrespect to staff, property or cultures, swearing, fighting, deliberately hurting other children) is very rare at Buckingham Park Primary. Such behaviour would mean warnings are automatically by-passed. Similarly, any pattern in warnings or persistent warnings means parents are contacted. We contact parents to keep them in the picture and to discuss ways to respond and gain a consistent message between home and school.

We expect children to try their best in all activities. If they do not do so, we may ask them to redo or complete a task. We expect children to make good choices and older children to set a good example to younger ones. We expect children to tell a member of the school staff when they see others breaking the school rules.

The class teacher discusses the school rules with each class, and also creates a Classroom Charter as part of the personal, social and health and citizenship work. This is agreed by the children and displayed on the wall of the classroom. In this way, every child in the school knows the standard of behaviour that we expect in our school.

We do not tolerate bullying of any kind at Buckingham Park Primary. If we discover that an act of bullying or intimidation has taken place, we act immediately to stop any further occurrences of such behaviour. We have specific guidance to follow if an incident of bullying (including cyber-bullying) or racism occurs.