Praise and Punishment
Discipline is firm but fair and is linked to a strong emphasis on courtesy and consideration for others. We aim to develop self-discipline which is a mark of a maturing child. Teachers encourage a positive approach, praising pupils and highlighting outstanding work. We also use a restorative approach to managing behaviour.
We believe that all children should understand that bullying is unacceptable and our aim is to provide the appropriate support to the victim, whilst considering carefully the consequences for the bully. We encourage children to feel that they can discuss any concerns about bullying. All members of staff are available to listen to and help with such problems. In addition, children can take issues to the Anti-Bullying Council (ABC). The members of the Council are children who have been elected by their peers. With training and guidance from members of staff, they listen to both the bully and the victim and offer support in finding a solution. In addition to supporting children on the playground and ABC also holds a weekly ‘drop in’ session at lunchtime.
Parents are always kept informed about bullying issues relating to their children. It is also important to note that parents can bring any worries to the school’s attention. All incidents are treated seriously and confidentially.
Positive handling to restrain or control pupils
Bar Hill School is committed to ensuring that all staff and adults with responsibility for children’s safety and welfare will deal professionally with all incidents involving aggression or reckless behaviour and only use physical intervention as a last resort in line with government and Local Authority guidance. If used at all it will be in the context of a respectful, supportive relationship with the pupil. We will always aim to ensure minimal risk of injury to both pupils and staff.