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BEHAVIOUR AND ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

 

Our school is:

a safe, supportive stimulating learning environment;

a team of respectful, tolerant, open minded citizens;

a community where everyone aspires to be the very best they can be;

a community of resilient lifelong learners;

a centre of excellence where all achieve success.

 

 

PURPOSE

 

The purpose of this policy is to provide clear guidelines to all staff, governors and parents about the sanctions that are in place to deal with behaviour and bullying issues.

 

 

Review Date

February 2017

Reviewed By

Nigel Daintith

Next review

February 2019

Summary of changes

 

Changes made to reflect the new arrangements for rewards – the use of dojo points and the Indoor room.

 

CONTENTS

 

1. INTRODUCTION - 2 -

2. SANCTIONS - 3 -

2.1. Sanctions for actions: - 3 -

3. Reward Systems - 4 -

4. BEHAVIOUR ISSUES AT SPECIFIC TIMES - 4 -

4.1. Behaviour issues at playtimes: - 4 -

4.2. Behaviour issues during lunchtime: - 4 -

4.3. Behaviour off school premises: - 4 -

5. Statutory Duty of Schools - 4 -

6. DEALING WITH BULLYING - 5 -

6.1. Pupils who have been bullied - 5 -

6.2. Staff who have been bullied - 5 -

7. Monitoring, Evaluation and Review - 6 -

APPENDIX 1 - 7 -

APPENDIX 2 - 8 -

 

 

1. INTRODUCTION

At Arboretum Primary School we aim for all pupils to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affects everyone; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Bullying will be addressed to enable everyone to fully benefit from the opportunities available at this school. We foster a Positive Behaviour environment for our children; there are many different rewards for good behaviour and working hard.

The purpose of this policy is to provide clear guidelines to all staff, governors and parents about the sanctions that are in place to deal with behaviour and bullying issues.

Bullying is defined as action taken by one or more individuals with the deliberate intention of hurting another, either physically, or emotionally (to make another feel small, lose confidence or feel anxiety.)

Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. The four main types of bullying are:

  • physical (hitting, kicking, theft)
  • verbal (name calling, racist/homophobic remarks)
  • indirect (spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups)
  • cyber bullying including through social media and text messages

 

Pupils who are being bullied may show changes in behaviour, such as becoming shy and nervous, feigning illness, taking unusual absences or clinging to adults. There may be evidence of changes in work patterns, lacking concentration or truanting from school. Pupils will be encouraged to report bullying.

All school staff should be alert to signs of bullying and act promptly and firmly against it in accordance with school policy.

At Arboretum Primary School we believe that all staff have a role to play in promoting positive behaviour through being good role models for politeness, manners and positive language and relationships, ensuring that lessons have pace and appeal to different learning styles and are accessible and appropriately challenging for all pupils.

When classes establish their rules at the start of the school year, these should always be positive e.g. ‘We keep our hands and feet to ourselves’, rather than the negative ‘We do not kick.’

All behaviour from children must be dealt with in the same fair way - following the sanctions below. Children with individual behaviour plans must have their sanctions followed.

 

2. SANCTIONS

To be used in conjunction with KS 1 / KS 2 behaviour steps and coloured face cards

  1. Verbal warning
  2. Name on board by the Sad/Warning Face
  3. Cross by name – miss 5 minutes of next break in the classroom
  4. Second cross by name – miss ten minutes of next break in the classroom .Inform Behaviour Mentor.
  5. Third cross by name, yellow slip, send for time out to partner class with work and report to a parent at the end of the day where possible
  6. Send to the Head/SMT with a red slip

 

Partner classes:

Classes 4 5 6 7 8

 

Send to Class 5

5 to send to 8

Classes 9 10 11 12 13

 

Send to Class 11

11 to send to 9

Classes 14 15 16 17 18

 

Send to Class 17

17 to send to 16

If the partner class is on a trip etc then send to ND, CH.

 

*Please ensure that sanctions take place if you are taking over the class eg from a job share partner or students.

 

2.1. Sanctions for actions:

  • Swearing: go through behaviour policy eg warning, name, crosses
  • Shouting out: go through behaviour policy eg warning, name, crosses
  • Not responding to instructions: go through behaviour policy eg warning, name, crosses
  • Disturbing other children: go through behaviour policy eg warning, name, crosses
  • All low level disruption: go through behaviour policy eg warning, name, crosses

 

Racism, bullying, fighting or assault: Straight to the Head

(Parents will be informed at the Head teacher’s discretion)

 

3. Reward Systems

  • Children from FS2 to year 6 all have sticker charts which when completed are presented in WOW assemblies along with Bronze, Silver ,Gold and Platinum certificates.
  • Children from each class are nominated by staff to be star of the week – the completed star goes on the STARS board and a coloured badge awarded:
    • Red – Supportive
    • Green – Team Player
    • Yellow – Aspirational
    • Blue – Resilient
    • Gold – Successful
  • Good behaviour at lunch is rewarded with The Golden Table –FS2/KS1 and KS2 alternate weeks and certificates presented in WOW and placed on the lunch display board
  • Classes / Groups can be awarded tickets /Dojo Points in class for good work and behaviour – class totals can then be saved up and exchanged for rewards from a menu – there are different reward menus for Nursery/FS, Morning groups and afternoons.

 

4. BEHAVIOUR ISSUES AT SPECIFIC TIMES

 

4.1. Behaviour issues at playtimes:

At playtimes, issues should be dealt with by the staff on duty. If the actions of the child need further sanctions they should be sent to the Head teacher. Arbo Eagles are available for the children to discuss any issues before moving the problem onto, if needed, the staff on duty.

4.2. Behaviour issues during lunchtime:

All behaviour issues should be dealt with by the Midday supervisors during the lunch break – if the actions of the children need further sanctions they should be brought to the member of the SLT whose Indoor Room day it is. Arbo Eagles, (peer mediators), are available for the children to discuss any issues before moving the problem onto, if necessary, the middays. SANCTIONS to be decided by SLT only and recorded in purple behaviour folder.

4.3. Behaviour off school premises:

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 gives headteachers the power to regulate the conduct of pupils when they are away from school premises. Disciplinary sanctions may be imposed in relation to conduct which takes place outside school premises. The headteacher will take action against a pupil who bullies other pupils or staff members online using a home computer, mobile phone or tablet.

5. STATUTORY DUTY OF SCHOOLS

Head teachers have a legal duty under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 to draw up procedures to prevent bullying among pupils and to bring these procedures to the attention of staff, parents and pupils.

 6. BEHAVIOUR WITH BULLYING

The following steps will be taken when dealing with incidents of bullying:

  • if bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has been approached
  • a clear account of the incident will be recorded and given to the head teacher
  • the head teacher will interview all concerned and will record the incident
  • class teachers and year group staff will be kept informed
  • parents will be kept informed
  • punitive measures will be used as appropriate and in consultation with all parties concerned.

6.1. Pupils who have been bullied

Pupils who have been bullied will be supported by the school:

  • offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with a member of staff of their choice
  • reassuring the pupil
  • offering continuous support
  • restoring self-esteem and confidence.

Pupils who have bullied will be helped by the school:

  • discussing what happened
  • discovering why the pupil became involved
  • establishing the wrong doing and need to change
  • informing parents or guardians to help change the attitude of the pupil.

The following disciplinary steps for pupils can be taken:

  • a warning from their teacher
  • official warnings to cease offending
  • exclusion from certain areas of school premises
  • staff discussion with parents
  • minor fixed term exclusion
  • major fixed term exclusion
  • permanent exclusion.

6.2. Staff who have been bullied

Staff who have been bullied will be supported by the school:

  • reassuring the staff member
  • offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with a member of staff of their choice
  • offering continuous support
  • restoring self-esteem and confidence.

Staff who have bullied will be helped by the school:

  • discussing what happened
  • discovering why the situation arose
  • establishing the wrong doing and need to change

The following disciplinary steps for staff can be taken:

  • issues discussed with the Head and/or Chair of Governors
  • official warnings to cease offending with the Head
  • official warnings to cease offending with the Chair of Governors
  • official grievance/disciplinary formal procedure

Within the curriculum the school will raise the awareness of the nature of bullying through inclusion in PSHE, assemblies and subject areas, as appropriate, in an attempt to eradicate such behaviour.

7. Monitoring, Evaluation and Review

The school will review this policy regularly and assess its implementation and effectiveness. The policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the school.

 

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