We recognise that children respond well to positive strategies, and this in itself is an important aspect of behaviour management.
St Paul’s CE (VA) Primary School has a Golden Rule, which is:
Treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself.
All the other rules come from this one
• We behave in the right way so that we can learn and play.
• We care for one another.
• We respect property and the environment
The school year starts with teachers discussing with the class what rules are appropriate for the individual class. It can be good practice to print those rules and ask the children to sign the sheet to indicate their acceptance of the rules. This can then be displayed in the classroom.
It is important to continually remind children of the rules and our high expectations, e.g. before going into assembly, remind the class what your expectations are; also, before going to break, before going to lunch, before going out on a visit.
A chart is displayed on the classroom wall indicating the rewards for keeping the rules and the consequences for not keeping them (we think in terms of ‘consequences’, rather than ‘punishments’).
Rewards for Keeping the School Rules
Consequences of Not Keeping the School Rules
Both lists are in hierarchical form – it is important, particularly with the consequences, to have worked through the list. In practice, it is a little more complicated than this, and the list can be adapted to suit the age of the children.
There are more details available to support staff in their positive behaviour management.
If at any time you have concerns about a child, or feel they are not responding well, please find people to talk with to give you support. As a school community, we support each other with Positive Behaviour Management in order that every child has the opportunity to enjoy and achieve during their time at St Paul’s Primary School.