Why do we need a behaviour policy?
The law requires schools to have a written behaviour and attendance policy. Ofsted reports that schools are most effective where the behaviour policy is applied consistently. Our behaviour and attendance policy helps us to create a caring, stimulating and secure environment in which staff and students can work and engage safely and to encourage the involvement of Parents/Carers in the development of their child.
We aim to enable our students to:
- Be healthy
- Stay safe
- Enjoy and achieve in their learning
- Make a positive contribution
- Achieve economic well-being
- Access the full range of learning opportunities in a calm, positive environment
- Achieve through appropriate expectations of work and behaviour with praise, reward and celebration and explicit and consistent consequences
- Behave appropriately in a wide range of social and educational settings
- Value the rights of the individual
What are the principles of our behaviour policy?
- To raise students’ self esteem
- To promote/develop empathy and respect for self and others
- To develop in students a sense of self discipline and an acceptance of responsibility for their own actions
- To ensure regular attendance
- To develop an awareness of and adherence to appropriate behaviour
- To encourage students to value the school environment and its routines
- To ensure that students are confident of their right to be treated fairly
- To empower staff to determine and request appropriate behaviour from everyone
- To acknowledge that the maintaining of good behaviour within the school is a shared responsibility
- To ensure that positive behaviour is always recognised
- To ensure the policy is fully understood and is consistently implemented throughout the school
- To ensure effective mechanisms are in place for the monitoring and evaluation of this policy
- To ensure the rights and responsibilities of all members of the school community
How do we implement our Behaviour Policy?
- School Ethos
- Expectations of the school community
- School Systems
- Support Systems for Individual Student Need
- Support Systems for Staff
- Support Systems for Parent/Carers
Rossett School provides an education for all, acknowledging that the society in which we live is enriched by diversity. We strive to recognise and celebrate the diversity within our school community, where everyone is equally valued and treats one another with respect and fairness.
Expectations of the school community:
Staff & Governors
To lead by example, be consistent, to have high expectations and uphold the values of the school. To provide and deliver an appropriate curriculum (and support) and encourage communication between home and school.
To be resilient, reflective and to take responsibility for what they do. To respect and support others. To attend on time, properly equipped, and participate.
To support the school’s values and expectations.To take an active and supportive interest in their child’s work and progress. To engage/communicate with the school as necessary.
At Rossett School, through our curriculum, we teach students the above mentioned principles in all we do. Personal Development time, and the teaching of PSHE and Citizenship address our ethos and expectations directly.
We believe that an appropriately structured curriculum and effective learning contribute to good behaviour. Thorough planning for the needs of individual students, the active involvement of students in their own learning and structured feedback all help to avoid the alienation and disaffection which can lie at the root of poor behaviour. It follows that lessons should have clear objectives which are understood by the students and differentiated to meet the needs of a range of abilities. Marking and record keeping can be used both as a supportive activity, providing feed-back to the students on their progress and achievements and as a signal that the student’s efforts are valued and progress matters.
Celebrating success is an integral part of being a member of staff at Rossett. We have a diverse range of rewards that staff are able to give to students when they have:
- Produced work over and above that expected from that student, or
- An act of ‘good citizenship’ – be that inside or outside the classroom
Exceptional Learner Tokens are subject specific printed cards that a teacher can give to students with a personalised message explaining why they displayed exceptional learning in that lesson. We expect that a teacher will award one of these each lesson.
Every member of staff can also award Students’ Charter Tokens for excellent development of our three core skills: responsibility, resilience and reflectiveness - the ‘3Rs’. These are rewarded less frequently to emphasise their importance and value in the Rossett community.
The students are challenged with collecting tokens for all their timetabled subjects plus each of the 3Rs tokens. Upon doing so, they will receive 1000 Vivos which they can spend on something they want such as vouchers or tickets.
In addition, seven students (one from each year group) each week will be nominated for the prestigious Headteacher’s Award. They will receive a personalised gold embossed token, a letter home and a chance to meet with the Headteacher where they are praised for their outstanding contribution to the life of the school.
Members of staff can also award merits for students who are ‘getting it right’. We expect that approximately one sixth of students will be awarded merits each lesson. Each merit automatically awards two Vivos to the student’s account, allowing them to save up and purchase things from the Vivo store. We publicly celebrate success by a certificate at the following ‘landmarks’:
50 merits Form Tutor Certificate
100 merits Director of Learning Certificate
200 merits Associate Deputy Headteacher Certificate
300 merits Deputy Headteacher Certificate + Bronze Rossett badge
400 merits Headteacher Certificate + Silver Rossett badge
500 merits Chair of Governor Certificate + Gold Rossett badge
Excellent attendance is also rewarded using the automated ‘Auto-attendance’ tool which selects students with 100% attendance in a week and awards them Vivos directly to their Vivo account.
Strengths of our reward system:
- We recognise, encourage and support students who are exemplifying Rossett expectations
- We foster a positive achievement culture – it is ‘cool’ to achieve
- We encourage staff to look for positives – ’catch’ students doing the right thing
- We acknowledge student achievement to Parent/Carers
- Builds an aspirational culture
This school rewards good behaviour, as it believes that this will develop an ethos of kindness and co-operation.
The use of sanctions should be characterised by certain features:
- It must be clear why the sanction is being applied
- It must be made clear what changes in behaviour are required to avoid future sanctions
- Group sanctions should not be used; this ‘blanket’ approach can breed resentment
- It should be the behaviour rather than the person that is sanctioned
- To place the focus on the learning ie the sanction recognises that learning has been disrupted
- To place the emphasis on the positive; the ‘Choices & Consequences’ programme is intended to be part of our whole school ethos as it builds on the positive praise culture we have. We aim for all members of the Rossett School community to feel happier, achieve and seek excellence together through the implementation of clear policies
5 simple classroom expectations are displayed in every room:
- Arrive to lessons on time and with the right equipment
- Follow instructions the first time
- Listen to the person who should be talking
- Think carefully before you speak
- Put your hand up if you want attention
Students need to understand the consequences of their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions.
All staff must:
- Remind students of expectations on a regular basis
- Give rule and consequence reminders
- If the behaviour continues, issue a consequence
- Provide a consistent whole school approach to behaviour
- Ensure students are clear as to the consequences of the choices they make, positive or negative (see Behaviour Map)
- Issue Sixth Form students with a compulsory After School Study Session if homework, coursework or lesson work rate is giving cause for concern
Support systems for individual student need (in line with the school’s SEND Policy):
- If there is a persistent problem the Director of Social Inclusion/SENDCo/Director of Behaviour Support will draw up an Individual Improvement Programme (or similar) to support the student in partnership with parents. All staff working with the student will have access to this information via the SEND register. This will give a consistent approach throughout the school day.
- If the problem continues, the school will work with external agencies to seek solutions to support the student.
- For students who are having these difficulties the school will provide targeted pastoral support or mentoring by adults or peers (ie access to a Student Support Officer, peer buddies, mentors etc)
- In order that the students feel supported, the staff at Rossett School will work together to provide a cohesive approach to supporting individual needs. Behaviour management should be consistent throughout the school
- Staff having difficulties with an individual, class or group should discuss this with their DOS and/or with the relevant year team
Support systems for Parents/Carers
At Rossett School we embrace the ‘triangle of care’ between students, parents and staff. We encourage parents to discuss any issues concerning the academic welfare of their child with us – along with any other concerns or issues that may affect the student. We foster parental involvement in their child’s education through regular reporting and parents’ evenings; having a Student Support Officer attached to each year group; using first day of absence contact home; offering a wide variety of co- curricular school activities; updating the school web and twitter sites and ‘Rossett News’. Parental access to information about their child held by the school is available via SIMS Learning Gateway.
- Behaviour Policy – Anti-Bullying
- Behaviour Policy – Anti-Bullying student version
- Behaviour Policy – Choices & Consequences
- Equality, Diversity and Community Cohesion Policy