Behaviour Policy

At The Riverbank primary school, we believe that no two children are the same. We encourage the whole child to reach his or her full potential and acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and values for life.

Values that underpin our school ethos are:
Tolerance of others
Patience with others
Caring for others and objects
Honesty to ourselves and others
Diversity of thought and culture
Respect for each other and ourselves
Autonomy, individuality, being our own person
Co-operation with others to enable us all to succeed

All pupils, including those with emotional and behavioural difficulties, have the same right to be educated at The Riverbank school

• A positive approach (rather than a negative reaction) has a positive impact on behaviour

• We recognise that many factors can influence behaviour, and that different children respond to different learning styles

• We aim to provide positive experiences for all members of the school community (pupils, parents/carers, staff and visitors)

All staff members are responsible, at all times, maintaining standards of behaviour in relation to all children. This will be achieved firstly by example. Children should be treated with respect at all times. Positive interaction with children will encourage a positive response. Staff members are expected to avoid shouting at children, using sarcasm or making negative comments.

All staff members are expected, when appropriate, to intervene whenever they see the need for a reminder, reprimand or the use of the school’s strategies for behaviour management, in order to keep consistency throughout the school. As we teach our children to respect their friends and teachers, we also expect that the parents model this behaviour.

Staff and parents are not permitted to raise their voices at each other or speak to each other in a condescending manner. In case of this occurring, the parent/teacher will be given a written warning.
If this behaviour persists, the teacher or child of the parent will be suspended from school for a given period.

Classroom practice and behaviour management, All staff should have high expectations of all children. In all cases, a high standard of behaviour and organisation should be evident, providing an atmosphere conducive to learning. In each classroom, on display there should be:

• Class rules – usually designed and agreed by the children at the beginning of the academic year.
• Behaviour chart – with each child’s name/picture.
• Individual sticker/reward charts for each child.
• Sand timers/visible clock The class teacher, through the use of positive body language, verbal praise, stickers, certificates etc. will deal with general classroom behaviour.

For repeated patterns of behaviour, the classroom teacher should consult the ‘head of school’ and together they will draw up targets or an individual behaviour programme. The head will contact the parents by email to make them aware of this action.

If no improvement is made, a letter will be sent home inviting the parents to come and discuss the situation, and make a plan of action together which will be reinforced both at home and in school.
Reasonable force

At The RiverBank primary school the use of ‘reasonable force’ will always be as a last resort, but there are two main categories where ‘reasonable force’ may be appropriate or necessary to control or restrain a child. These categories are as follows:

1. Where an action is necessary for self-defence or because there is an imminent risk of injury (i.e. pupils are fighting, a pupil attacks a member of staff).

2. Where there is an assessment of risk of injury, or significant damage to property (i.e. a pupil is engaged in or on the verge of committing deliberate damage to property, a pupil is causing, or at risk of causing injury or damage by accident by rough play, out of control behaviour or the misuse of objects).

During the course of any physical intervention, the use of voice is likely to be the best tool available to staff in seeking to de-escalate the situation, staff should attempt to communicate with the child at all times.

Any physical restraint should be recorded and passed on to the head of the department.

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