Statement of Behaviour Principle
Rationale and Purpose
This Statement has been drawn up in accordance with the Education and Inspections Act, 2006, and DfE guidance (Behaviour and Discipline in Schools, 2012). The purpose of the Statement is to provide guidance for the Headteacher in drawing up the school’s Behaviour Policy so that it reflects the shared aspirations and beliefs of governors, staff and parents for the children in the school as well as taking full account of law and guidance on behaviour matters. It is intended to help all school staff to be aware of and understand the extent of their powers in respect of recognition and reward for good behaviour, discipline and sanctions for unacceptable behaviour and how to use them. Staff should be confident that they have the Governors’ support when following this guidance.
This is a statement of principles, not practice: it is the responsibility of the Headteacher to draw up the school’s Behaviour policy, though these principles must be taken in account in doing so. The Headteacher is also asked to take account of the guidance in DfE publication Behaviour and Discipline in Schools: a guide for Headteachers and school staff (January 2016).
The Behaviour Policy must be publicised, in writing, to staff, parents/carers and children each year. Parents are invited to comment on behaviour annually via the parent survey. The Behaviour Policy is published on the school website and available on request.
- Our aim is to create a learning environment in which every child has the has the right to learn, be listened to, be valued, and to feel and be safe.
- King’s Ford Infant School & Nursery is an inclusive organisation; all members of the school & nursery community should be free from discrimination, harassment, victimisation (as set out under the Equality Act 2010). As such due regard should be addressed and a clear Anti-bullying Policy that is consistently applied should be in place.
- It is expected that all adults – staff, volunteers, parents and governors – will set positive examples to the children at all times.
- Where there are significant concerns over a pupil’s behaviour, the school or nursery will work with parents to strive for common strategies between home and school (or nursery).
- The Governors of king’s Ford Infant School and Nursery strongly believe that high standards of behaviour lie at the heart of a successful school that enables (a) all children to make the best possible progress in their learning and (b) all staff to be able to teach effectively and promote good learning.
- The Governors expect the responsibilities of children, parents/carers and school regarding behaviour to be part of the ‘Home School Agreement’ which parents/carers receive and agree to on their child’s admission to school.
- We recognise the importance of clearly sharing the rules and expectations of the setting and the consequences of transgressing these so they are understood by all and consistently applied. These should be part of the Behaviour policy which the Headteacher is responsible for drawing up and implementing.
- View as essential a system of rewards for good or improving behaviour and sanctions where standards fall below an expected level.
- Use rewards to reinforce and sustain good behaviour and encourage other children to behave well.
- Expect that rewards and sanctions must be applied consistently and fairly. However, it is recognised that the application of rewards and sanctions must have regard to the individual situation and the individual child.
- Have a hierarchy of sanctions which should be followed to show that misbehaviour is not acceptable, demonstrate the disapproval of the school community and deter other children from similar behaviour.
- Ensure Governors expect full details of appropriate and correct use of reasonable force, physical contact and restraint to be detailed in the restraint policy and would expect adequate members of staff to be trained in the use of diffusion techniques, reasonable force and restraint.
The Behaviour Policy will:
- ensure that there are measures to encourage good behaviour, self-discipline and respect, discourage disruptive behaviour and prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils as well as providing guidance on use of reasonable force
- clearly reflect the school’s approach to exclusions
- set out the actions that will be taken where children make malicious accusations or are abusive to staff (verbally or physically).
- Will be reviewed every 2 years, or as necessary.
- The School Behaviour Policy will be reviewed and shared with the Governors annually.