At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School we believe that all children and adults in our school and community are important. We have a legal responsibility to ensure every child is safe and protected from harm. We aim to provide an environment where everyone feels valued, happy and secure.
We are committed to enabling all of our pupils to access their education successfully by regulating the conduct of all pupils. Keeping pupils in control is not an educational aim in itself, but it is a necessary pre-requisite for the achievement of many other educational aims.
The policy is based on the following beliefs:
- Developing the whole child enables them to take responsibility for their own behaviour by promoting self-discipline and proper regard for authority.
- Providing a welcoming and friendly atmosphere in which the children will feel secure and develop the skills, will enable them to make the right choices.
- Encouraging good behaviour and respect for others aims to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils.
- Children need to know when they have been successful. Improved self-esteem leads to improved behaviour.
- Schools can and do make a difference to the personal development of the child.
- Praise and positive reinforcement is more effective than punishment.
- Good behaviour should be held in high esteem by all members of staff, and overtly and consistently rewarded, and promoted, at all times.
- Good behaviour for learning allows children to work and participate to their full potential, completing assigned work in connection with their education.
- Children should have equal access and opportunity to the curriculum.
- Effective links and co-operation between home and school are essential to success.
- Consistency is the key to success. The positive behaviour management and assertive discipline policy of the school depends upon all staff, teaching and non-teaching, endeavouring to achieve these aims by understanding and being able to implement its procedures.
Aims and Expectations
It is a primary aim of our school that every member of the school community feels valued and respected and that each person is treated fairly and well. We are a caring community, whose values are built on mutual trust and respect for all. A Rights Respecting ethos is embedded and built upon. The school behaviour policy is therefore designed to support the way in which all members of the school can live and work together in a supportive way. It aims to promote an environment where everyone feels happy, safe and secure so they can achieve their full potential.
‘Right to an education that develops talents and abilities.’ Article 29
The primary aim of the behaviour policy is to promote good relationships, so that people can work together with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn. This policy supports the school community in aiming to allow everyone to work together in an effective and considerate way.
‘Right to respect other people and be respected.’ Article 29
The school expects every member of the school community, adults and children, to behave in a considerate way towards others and uses rights respecting language to promote positive personal and social relationships.
We treat all children fairly and apply this behaviour policy in a consistent way.
‘Every child has rights.’ Article 2
Our policy aims to help children to grow in a safe and secure environment and to become positive, responsible and increasingly independent members of the school community and empowered active global citizens.
The school rewards positive behaviour, as it believes that this will develop an ethos of kindness and co-operation. Our policy is designed to promote behaviour that is accordance with British values and global attributes, rather than merely deter anti-social behaviour.
Please see our full Behaviour Policy in the ‘Policy’ section; our policy complies with section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.