Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policies

Behaviour Policy

Vision Statement

Our vision is to create a community based on Catholic faith and values where every child is empowered to be the best he or she can be, nurtured by outstanding teachers, staff and governors.

Introduction

It is the primary aim of our school that every member of the school community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated well and fairly. This is based on gospel values within the Catholic ethos.

To achieve this, we aim to:

  • ‘provide a secure and positive environment where each member is valued and encouraged to grow in independence and responsibility’.
  • foster care and concern for others
  • value the culture and faith and others
  • enable each child to enhance their self esteem

We believe that good behaviour is central to achieving this. We expect our school community to be:

  • kind and caring
  • polite and friendly
  • helpful
  • considerate of the needs and feelings of others

We develop this through:

  • having high expectations for the behaviour of all children
  • ensuring all children are praised for behaving well
  • encouraging children to accept responsibility for their behaviour
  • ensuring all feedback is constructive
  • encouraging children to be independent learners
  • modelling positive relationships in our day to day contact with all in our community

Rewards and Sanctions

The school recognises and rewards good behaviour. We believe that this will develop an ethos of kindness and co-operation, rather than aiming to just deter inappropriate behaviour.
We praise and reward good behaviour in a variety of ways:

  • verbal congratulation
  • house points
  • verbal or written feedback to parents
  • involvement in our celebration assembly
  • Pupils agree a reward system within their class and are actively engaged in setting the standards
  • Sanctions are employed to ensure a safe and positive learning environment. Sanctions are applied to each individual situation and professional discretion is used at all times.
  • If a child is disruptive, staff will reprimand them. If a child continues to misbehave, they may be asked to move to another place or sit by themselves. If they still continue, they may be asked to work in another class, by arrangement with the class teacher.
  • A child may also be referred to the Headteacher or Deputy Head.
  • In some rare circumstances, a child may be asked to miss all or part of their morning or lunchtime break and may be supervised in a constructive task.

  • Exclusion is used as a last resort.
Parents/carers may be involved at any stage, and a Home/School Diary may be set up.

The school does not tolerate bullying of any kind. If bullying or intimidation has been found to have taken place, action is taken to immediately try to stop any further occurrences.

Staff only intervene to physically restrain children if a child is in danger of hurting themselves or others. Actions taken are in line with government and LEA guidelines on the restraint of pupils.

The school works collaboratively with parents/carers, so children receive consistent messages about how to behave at home and school.

We build a supportive dialogue between home and school. We inform parents/carers of any concerns regarding the behaviour or welfare of their child. Equally, we encourage parents/carers to inform the school of their concerns so that they can be dealt with promptly.

If a parent/carer has any concerns regarding the way their child has been treated, they should in the first instance, contact the class teacher or Headteacher. If discussions cannot resolve the problem, a formal grievance or appeal procedure can be implemented.

Fixed term and Permanent Exclusions

Only the Headteacher (or acting Headteacher) has the power to exclude a pupil from school. The Headteacher may exclude a pupil for one or more fixed periods up to 45 days in any one school year. The Headteacher may also exclude a pupil permanently. It is also possible for the Headteacher to convert fixed term exclusion into a permanent one if circumstances warrant this.

If the Headteacher excludes a pupil, he / she will inform the parents/carers immediately, giving the reason for the exclusion. At the same time, the Headteacher makes it clear the parent/carer can, if they wish appeal against the decision to the governing body. The school informs the parents how to make such an appeal.

The Headteacher informs the LEA about any permanent exclusion and any fixed term exclusion beyond 5 days in any one term.

Reviewed : April 2015


Anti-bullying Policy

Vision Statement

Our vision is to create a community based on Catholic faith and values where every child is empowered to be the best he or she can be, nurtured by outstanding teachers, staff and governors.

Introduction

At St Martha’s School, bullying is defined as an action taken by one or more children with the deliberate intention of hurting another child, either physically or emotionally. It is systematic and takes place over time. Children will be helped to recognise the difference between one of playground disputes and bullying.

Aims

Bullying is wrong and damaging to individual children. We therefore do all we can to prevent it, by developing a school ethos in which bullying is regarded as unacceptable. We aim, as a school, to create a safe and secure environment where all can learn without anxiety or fear.

This policy aims to produce a consistent response to any bullying incidents as they occur. We aim to make all those connected with the school aware of our opposition to bullying. We make clear each person’s responsibilities with regard to the eradication of bullying at St Martha’s.

The governing body will support the Headteacher in all attempts to eliminate bullying from the school. This policy statement makes it clear that the governing body does not accept bullying, and that any incidents that may occur will be taken seriously and dealt with appropriately.

The governing body will respond within 10 days to any request from a parent to investigate incidents of bullying. In all cases the governing body notifies the Headteacher and asks them to conduct an investigation into the case and to report back to a representative of the governing body.

It is the responsibility of the Headteacher to implement the school’s anti-bullying policy and strategies, and to ensure that all staff are aware of them, and know how to deal with reported incidents of bullying. The Headteacher reports to the governing body on request about the effectiveness of the policy.

The Headteacher ensures that all staff receive sufficient information and training to be equipped to deal with reported incidents.

The Headteacher sets the school climate of mutual support and praise for success, so making bullying less likely.

School staff take all forms of bullying seriously, and intervene to prevent incidents from taking place. They notify the Headteacher of incidents, which will be recorded in the ‘Anti-bullying Log’ in the Headteacher’s office.

Once a member of staff becomes aware of bullying, they deal with the issue immediately. This may involve counselling and support for the victim and appropriate sanctions for the child who has carried out the bullying. We spend time talking to the child who has bullied, to explain why the action was wrong, and to help the child to change their attitude and behaviour.

Other strategies to support the victim may include setting them up with a ‘Buddy’ or organising a ‘check –in’ system with a member of staff they trust.

School staff support all children in their class and establish a climate of trust and respect for all. By praising, rewarding and celebrating the success of all children, we aim to reduce the incidents of bullying.

Parents who are concerned that their child might be bullied or who suspect that their child may be the perpetrator of bullying should contact the child’s classteacher or the Headteacher immediately.

Reviewed : April 2015