Behaviour at Priesthorpe
All staff at Priesthorpe believe that in order to enable effective teaching and learning to take place, good behaviour in all aspects of school life is essential. We seek to create a caring and positive learning environment in the school by:
- Promoting good behaviour and discipline
- Promoting self-esteem, self-discipline, proper regard for authority and positive relationships based on mutual respect
- Ensuring fairness of treatment for all. Using Restorative Practices and philosophy as appropriate.
- Encouraging consistency of response to both positive and negative behaviour
- Promoting early intervention
- Providing a safe environment free from disruption, violence, bullying and any form of harassment
- Encouraging a positive relationship with parents and carers to involve them in the implementation of the school’s policy and associated procedures
Home - School Agreement Statement
- Support the school`s policies and rules and code of conduct for behaviour`
Page 13 in the pupil planner deals with sanctions/consequences that emerge from poor behaviour, for example:
- Behavioural/organisational codes issued by staff in planners. Five of these in a half-term will lead to a 30 minute Year group detention.
- Three ` defiance ` codes lead to a 45 minute school detention with the Key Stage Leader.
- 30 minute departmental detentions can also be issued.
- Pupils can be removed and sent to departmental or school referral if lessons are disrupted preventing other pupils from learning and the teacher from teaching. A traffic light behaviour system for monitoring persistent minor behavioural issues is in place (a red 20 minute restorative detention with the teacher can be issued). Please see p23/24 in the school`s behaviour handbook.
- The school policy is to record behaviour incidents on SIMS and build a behaviour record. This can be compared to a pupil’s achievement record. Behaviour data is analysed frequently at Student Progress and welfare team meetings and by Year and Key Stage managers/leaders. These are the basis for any intervention strategies.
- Higher tariff incidents may of course lead to an alternative to exclusion(ATE), the Reflective behaviour Centre(RBC), off-site WILZ exclusion or if appropriate a short term exclusion.
- Behaviour Policy/Priesthorpe Pathways
Coaching is an important time for staff and students to work together and listen to one another offering support and advice. This time is also used to deliver key PSHCE topics as well as offering some mentoring opportunities. Coaching is a valuable mechanism in promoting good behaviour.
It is hoped that the introduction of the coaching system has helped further develop student’s social skills, communication and listening skills, their self confidence as well as helped develop their ability to empathize with others.
Coaching takes place three times a week for half an hour on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.