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Nottingham Primary Academy

Behaviour

Aims

It is a primary aim of Nottingham Academy Primary 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. The school’s behaviour policy is therefore designed to support the way in which all members of the school can work together in a supportive way. It aims to promote an environment in which everyone feels happy, safe and secure.

Our behaviour policy is not primarily concerned with rule enforcement. It is a means of promoting 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.

The school expects every member of the school community to behave in a considerate and respectful way towards others. We treat all children fairly and apply this behaviour policy in a consistent way.

This policy aims to help children grow in a safe and secure environment, and to become positive, responsible and increasingly independent members of the school community.

The school recognises and promotes good behaviour, as it believes that this will develop an ethos of kindness and cooperation. This policy is designed to encourage good behaviour, rather than merely deter anti-social behaviour.

Staff Responsibility

Behaviour Management is the responsibility of all staff at Nottingham Academy Primary.

Class Rules

  • Class teachers, support staff and children in their class devise these at the beginning of the academic year.  They are intended to be guidelines for the sort of behaviour the children and adults would like to see in their classroom.  They should focus on the positive rather than the negative.
  • Rules should be written up neatly and prominently displayed in the classroom.

Circle Time/SEAL

  • All classes use Circle Time and SEAL sessions as a tool for promoting positive behaviour.  Circle Time and SEAL sessions may be a combination of games and opportunities for children to respond positively to each other in a safe, friendly environment.  They may also provide the class with an opportunity to discuss inappropriate behaviour and plan ways to improve the situation.
  • A SEAD programme is taught/integrated into the Foundation Stage curriculum.

Promoting Positive Behaviour

We praise and reward children for good behaviour in a variety of ways:

  • Teachers congratulate children.
  • Pupils may be sent to another member of staff to re-enforce the praise and they may receive a sticker.
  • Nottingham Academy expects school rules to be followed to ensure a safe and positive learning environment and we review each situation on an individual basis.
  • We expect children to listen carefully to instructions in lessons. If they do not do so, we ask them either to move to a place nearer the teacher, or to sit on their own.
  • We expect children to try their best in all activities. If they do not do so, we may ask them to redo a task.
  • If behaviour is inappropriate then a verbal warning is given to the child and the class teacher should explain to the child what he/she is doing that is not acceptable.
  • If a child is disruptive in class, the teacher reprimands him or her. If a child misbehaves repeatedly, we isolate the child from the rest of the class until s/he calms down, and is able to work sensibly again with others.
  • The safety of the children is paramount in all situations. If a child’s behaviour endangers the safety of others, the class teacher stops the activity and prevents the child from taking part for the rest of that session. The teacher may at this point seek further support from the Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher.
  • If a child repeatedly acts in a way that disrupts or upsets others, the teacher will seek further support from the Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher. The school contacts the child’s parents or carers and seeks an appointment in order to discuss the situation, with a view to improving the behaviour of the child.
  • The school does not tolerate bullying of any kind. If we discover that an act of bullying or intimidation has taken place, we act immediately to stop any further occurrences of such behaviour. While it is very difficult to eradicate bullying, we do everything in our power to ensure that all children attend school free from fear.
  • Racist incidents will not be tolerated in any form.

Age Appropriate Sanctions

  • All year groups in the school have a behaviour log that is kept with the cohort leader to record negative behaviour.