Halley Primary is a school with people that are caring, friendly, hard working, and who value achievement. In order for this to continue, we, the adults and children of Halley, have spent a long time discussing our feelings about the kind of behaviour we expect at Halley. This is what we discussed:
How we should behave towards others
What we thought was acceptable or unacceptable behaviour
How we expect others to behave towards us
What we should do when people don't behave as they should
How adults should respond to children and situations
Rewards and sanctions
Why people should treat the school property and environment
Our attitudes towards work (children and adults)
The expectations our parents have of their children and the school
We've used everybody's ideas and agreed what our responsibilities are in terms of behaviour so that Halley continues to be a great place to be, to work, and to learn. This is what "Great Expectations" is all about.
We reward good behaviour in many ways. These are some of them:
Verbal approval eg. saying "well done"
Speaking to parents
Giving the child a special task to do
Letting the child sit on a chair
Giving the child a 'Well-Done Certificate'
Give them a 'smiley face' or put a 'star' on their work
Display their work.
Sometimes children's behaviour isn't always perfect. A quick word will usually suffice, but here are some sanctions, suggested by adults and children, that we also use.
Verbal disapproval eg., "Please don't do that.". "I disapprove of that behaviour"
Warning about sanction eg., "I've told you before that&ldots;"
Separate children or child from object of bad behaviour
Ask for an explanation
Ask for an apology
Ask for a written apology/letter
Move to work elsewhere
Stay behind after a session
Stay behind at playtime/lunchtime
Having to work outside the classroom
Not allowed to go on a visit/trip out
Persistent undesirable behaviour is sanctioned according to the individual child's needs/context, but could include:
Conferencing with child/parents/teachers
Contracts of behaviour
Go on report
Exclusion from playground
"It doesn't matter who you are, we all have an active responsibility to monitor behaviour, reward, sanction and to communicate with other members of our school."