Behaviour Policy

Please note this is a brief summary of our behaviour policy. We hope you will find it helpful. The full behaviour policy is constantly reviewed and updated and is available to view at the school.

We aim to create a welcoming, caring environment where relationships are based on respect and to develop a positive self-esteem in each child. The staff at Bar Hill School are committed to maintaining high expectations of good behaviour as an essential contribution to the educational experience of the children and to their happiness and well being while in school.

We hope that you will support our approach to behaviour which, we feel, will be of benefit to all.

Rights
All children have the right to develop their potential and be safe and happy.

Rules
The rules or codes of behaviour are essential for maintaining the rights. These are split into three areas:

  • whole school
  • classroom
  • playground

Responsibilities
For their rights to be maintained children have to take on the responsibility of following the rules. If children break the rules they must understand that they have chosen to do this and therefore must accept the consequences of their actions.

The children and teachers have worked together to establish the Charter of Rights and draw up the Codes of Conduct for the whole school and within each classroom.

Unacceptable Behaviour

  • Lack of respect.
  • Violence.
  • Threatening behaviour including bullying.
  • Deliberate disobedience.
  • Discrimination.
  • Deliberate vandalism of school property.

Children are taught what is unacceptable behaviour and are made aware of the consequences of breaking the rules.

Minor will be dealt with within the classroom, by reminding the child of the rule or task, or introducing such consequences as withdrawal of privileges.

Parents will be informed by letter if their child has missed part or all of playtime as a consequence of misbehaviour.

If a more serious problem occurs the Head or other senior member of staff will be informed. Persistent misbehaviour will be dealt with in the following ways:

  • A home/school contract – working with parents to produce a programme to encourage improvements in behaviour.
  • Seeking help from outside agencies such as the Educational Psychologist.
  • In extreme cases the Head may decide that a child must be restrained using reasonable force. Detention or a
    period of exclusion may be necessary.

Acceptable Behaviour

At Bar Hill School the children are encouraged to:

  • Try hard to do their best.
  • Be kind and speak politely to everyone in the school community.
  • Respect other people, their possessions and school property.
  • Be helpful.
  • Ask for help or tell an adult if they are unhappy.
  • Accept responsibility for the things they do.

We believe that the most effective way of achieving our aims is to praise and encourage positive behaviour.

Examples of such behaviour will be praised in class, both verbally and by receiving tangible rewards such as stickers.
Also, ‘Good News’ letters will be sent home if children have tried particularly hard.

Children may also share their achievement with the Head and certificates will be awarded during achievement assemblies.

Bullying

Bullying is the persistent desire to hurt others and can be verbal, mental or physical. At Bar Hill School we are keen to identify early signs of bullying and children are encouraged to tell a teacher, parent or friend.

All incidents are treated seriously and the appropriate action taken to deal with the bully and help the victim.

The role of parents is important in reducing any incidents of bullying. Watch out for signs of distress such as repeated illness, damaged clothing etc. Take an active interest in your children’s social life.

If you know that your children are being bullied give them the following advice:

  1. Tell them that there is nothing wrong with them.
  2. Advise them to tell a trusted adult at school.

If appropriate:

  1. Together, identify the areas where bullying takes place and plan
    to avoid these as much as possible.
  2. Advise them not to buy the bully off with sweets, money etc.
  3. Together with the class make out a plan of action.

Please help us by encouraging your child to tell someone if they are being bullied.

WE ARE A ‘TELLING’ SCHOOL

Thank you for reading this information.
We hope you will find time to discuss it with your child.
If you have any queries or your child encounters any problems do not hesitate to contact the school.

It is now a national requirement that we have a Home/School Agreement that is signed by the teacher, parent and child.

This is a policy we fully support.