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Behaviour Policy

DISCIPLINE POLICY

 
At St Joseph and St Theresa Catholic Primary school, we believe in providing a positive, inclusive environment in which our children can learn.  The discipline policy reflects this and we always use praise first and maintain a positive atmosphere.
 
The Expectation Charter
 
Our school “rules” are actually a set of expectations.  These are on display around the school at all times and are discussed with the children on a regular basis in assemblies, in class and on an individual basis.  They were decided and agreed upon as a whole staff and they reflect what we believe are basic expectations of behaviour, in order for us to show respect for our school community and everyone in it, and in order for good teaching and learning to take place.
 
The St Joseph and St TheresaExpectation Charter is as follows:
 
At St Joseph and St Theresa, we expect everyone to:-
 
·               Treat each other kindly: do not hurt each other verbally or physically.  No bad language.
·               Take responsibility for their own actions.
·               Go around school sensibly and quietly
·               Treat all property and equipment with care and respect
·               Look smart and use good body language around school.
·               To always have good manners
·               Work hard and always try your best.
·               Take pride in yourself, your work and your school.
 
We also expect children to do as they are asked by an adult, first time!
 
 
Rewards
 
We have many rewards for those children who display good behaviour and those who show improving behaviour.
 
 These are:
 
Verbal praise
Stickers
Certificates in the Celebration Assembly
Head teacher stickers for something really special
Well Done Tokens/Dojo points.
Golden Time
 
Some children may have individual behaviour charts working towards a reward. There are also opportunities for children to have Home/School diaries
Sanctions
 
We recognise that there are times when pupils may need a “behaviour check”.  Before any sanction is given, children are always given the opportunity to put things right first.  So, a sanction is issued for continuing to do the wrong thing.
 
KS 1
 
1.        Stage 1 - A verbal warning is given to the pupil and recorded.
2.        Stage 2 - A warning is given and the child may be placed by themselves within their own classroom to work independently for a minimum of 10 minutes.
3.        Stage 3 - A warning given and the child is sent to a member of SMT for a 20 minute time out. The child must take a reading book or appropriate work to complete.
4.        Stage 4 - A warning given and the child may be sent to the Head Teacher for either the rest of the morning or afternoon session. Work to be taken and completed.
 
Any serious incident should be referred to a member of the Senior Management Team and parents must be informed at the end of the day.
 
 
Stage 4 – non-negotiable
 This is an immediate sanction and should only be used for very serious behaviour issues. A Stage 4 can only be given by a member of the SMT. If you feel a Stage 4 is the appropriate sanction please refer to a member of the SMT who will investigate and make the decision. An incident record must be completed, placed the school behaviour folder for recording and contact to parents need to be made.
If a child gets three Stage 4 sanctions within half a term the parents will be invited into the school to meet with senior staff and a behaviour management programme must be put in place – rewarding the good behaviour and a Home-School Diary.
 
A pupil may be referred immediately to a senior member of staff if it is considered that the behaviour or incident is severe enough and the parents will be informed and an exclusion may be given.
 
Time Out classes to be used in the first instance:
KS 1 -  Year 2- Mrs Schneider
KS 2 – Year 5-  Mr Pickering and year 6 Mr Johnston.
 
 
If children are missing break/break time they will be supervised by a member of  SMT. If they are missing Zone for other non-serious reasons, i.e.non completion of work, they must be supervised by the adult who wishes them to stay in.
 
Children may be referred to the Behaviour Support Services, who will work closely with school to support individual pupils. The Service will also provide Behaviour Management Training when required.
A record is kept of more serious incidents and a report is made to the Governing Body.
 
 
 
 
Positive Handling
 
We recognise, too, that there will sometimes be occasional, exceptional circumstances where behaviour is such that, for the safety and well-being of children and staff within our school community, physical intervention may be necessary.  This will only take place as a last resort, or if behaviour is so extreme that we believe someone or something will be seriously hurt, and it will only be undertaken by those staff trained in “Teamteach” – the positive handling techniques endorsed by the authority. 
 
 
 
 
At St Josephs and St Theresa Catholic Primary School, we are committed to protecting and safeguarding the welfare of children entrusted to our care.  If you have any concerns regarding a child’s welfare and feel that they are at risk of abuse, you should contact the Head Teacher immediately.  In the absence of the Head, Mrs Schneider (year 2 teacher) and Mr Pickering (year 5 teacher).  All procedures regarding Child Protection have been laid down by the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board.  The school follows these procedures with any Child Protection issues.
 
 
Appendix – More Serious Incidents (Stage 4 Sanctions/Exclusions)
 
We recognise that there are times when an incident is more serious and may provide evidence towards, or result in, a fixed term exclusion. If this is the case, then the following procedures must be followed.
 
The pupil is referred immediately to a senior member of staff if it is considered that the behaviour or incident is severe enough.
 
The pupil may be referred to the Headteacher if the incident is more serious.
 
A child may be removed from the school site if:
  • There is sufficient evidence that the child has committed a disciplinary offence and if allowing the child to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the child or others in the school. In these circumstances the child may be excluded from school for a fixed period or permanently.
  • The child is accused of a serious criminal offence
  • For medical reasons, where a child’s presence on site represents a serious risk to the health and safety of other pupils or members of staff.
  • A child is given permission by an authorised person to leave the premises briefly to remedy breaches of the school rules on appearance or uniform.
 
A decision to exclude a child can be taken only:
·         In response to serious breaches of the school’s discipline policy, including persistent disruptive behaviour.
  • If allowing the child to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the child or others in the school.
 
 
 
 
The following School Procedures must be followed:
1.The children’s Individual Behaviour Plan should include strategies to be used and this must be shared with senior members of staff so that there is continuity with the management of more serious incidents.
  1. An Incident Report must be completed by the member of staff who witnessed the initial incident. This must be signed and dated.
  2. This evidence should then be taken to the Head teacher and stored,
 
Any child who refuses to comply with an adult’s instruction, swears or speaks to an adult in a rude or offensive manner will be given a fixed term exclusion from