Being safe from bullying and discrimination is an important part of South Wonston Primary School where everyone has the right to feel welcome, secure and happy as highlighted in the Staying Safe outcome of Every Child Matters. Only if this is the case will all members of the school community be able to achieve to their maximum potential and receive an excellent education. To support this aim the school seeks to promote high standards of behaviour where consideration is given to the safety and feelings of others and everyone is treated with respect.
The school actively recognises and promotes positive behaviour, therefore bullying of any sort is unacceptable.
Good behaviour is:
- Showing consideration for others
- Being polite and displaying good manners
- Being honest
- Treating other people how you would wish to be treated
- Showing respect for all school and personal property and the possessions of others
That all children understand and abide by the School Behaviour and Anti Bullying Policy.
To achieve this aim we will:
a) Provide a clear statement in the School Prospectus regarding the expectations of children’s
b) Implement a meaningful system of rewards and sanctions which are considered by children,
parents and teachers to be effective in promoting acceptable behaviour.
c) Promote self-discipline through a positive approach.
d) Make children aware of rights, respect and responsibilities
e) Provide clear guidelines for all adults working in school regarding
-expectations of children’s behaviour.
-organisational procedures (e.g. playtimes etc.)
-rewards and sanctions with relevant feedback.
f) Make rules and expectations available to parents.
g) Involve the children in the decision making process through the organisation of an elected school
h) Provide support mechanisms for those children who find consistent good behaviour difficult to
achieve, as well as for any child who may be made unhappy by another child’s unacceptable
i) Use a standard procedure for recording and dealing with children's complaints, parental complaints or complaints from teachers regarding a child’s behaviour.
South Wonston Behaviour Management System
The priority is for all staff to recognise and reward good behaviour. Each class will operate a system of rewards linked to House points.
All members of staff including lunchtime supervisors are expected to use the agreed Behaviour
The School Charter will be displayed in every class and around the school
The class teacher will review the School Charter with their class at the beginning of each academic year, outlining the schools’ expectations for behaviour at all times during the school day.
A child who behaves inappropriately or presents work below the expected standard will lose time from the next break or lunch time.
In each class there is a prominent display area dedicated to Behaviour Management.
This consists of:
- A display of colour zones (Gold, silver, green, orange, red)
- Four counter pots - one for each House.
Each child will have a named peg which they will move along a series of colour zones
when instructed to do so by an adult, using the following criteria.
Gold - Child awarded 1 house point and puts a counter in their ‘House’ pot.
Gold sticker given
Silver - Child awarded 1 house point and puts a counter in their ‘House’ pot.
Silver sticker given
Green - All children begin each day here
Child is given a verbal warning that behaviour / attitude is not acceptable and if it does not improve they will lose some of break or lunchtime.
Orange - Child loses 1 minute of the next break time
Red - Child loses 5 minutes of next break time
Each teacher will keep a weekly record of which children lose time.
The school has a zero tolerance approach to the following types of behaviour:
- Physical violence towards another person.
- Discrimination eg racial, homophobic,
The child will move immediately to the red zone, lose their next playtime and their parents will be telephoned by the class teacher.
A loss of break time must be linked to one of the statements of the School Charter which must be conveyed to the child when they are asked to move their peg down the colour zones.
A child who continues to display inappropriate behaviour over a period of time will see the Assistant Head teacher in FS & KS1 or the Deputy Head teacher. The child may be placed on an internal behaviour card for one week and their parents informed. At the end of a week on a behaviour card the child’s behaviour will be reviewed by the class teacher to decide if further monitoring of their behaviour is required.
If inappropriate behaviour continues a Home School report card will be instigated and parents invited in to school to discuss the situation.
Whilst inclusion is the overriding aim, children will be excluded from school if appropriate following procedures established by the DFE and Local Authority.
Behaviour at lunchtimes
Children are expected to behaviour appropriately throughout the school day including lunchtimes. Where behaviour falls short of expectations, lunchtime staff will issue a Lunchtime behaviour card indicating which aspect of the School Charter has not been followed. The card will be handed to the child’s class teacher at the end of lunchtime who will follow up the behaviour and ensure the child loses in line with the agreed policy.
The Senior Lunchtime Supervisor may remove a child from the playground and involve a member of the Senior Leadership team if the behaviour involves
- Physical violence towards another person.
- Discrimination eg racial, homophobic,
Through out the week each child records the House Points they have been awarded by adding counters to their House pot. House Points for each class will be sent to the School Office with the afternoon register on a Friday.
During the next Monday morning Whole School assembly the winning house for the previous week is announced. Totals are displayed on the House display in the School hall.
KS2 children record their merits in their Home School Planner as they are achieved.
Badges are awarded for the following achievements:
50 House points - Red badge
100 House points - Yellow badge
150 House points- Green badge
200 House points - Blue badge
250 House points - Bronze badge
300 House points - Silver badge
350 House points - Star Achievement badge
Whole School Certificates
Each week two Celebration Certificates will be given out per class in the Year Group Assemblies for:
- academic achievement in a specific area
- an aspect of citizenship
These certificates are displayed on the Celebrating Success display board in the main entrance outside the Headteacher’s office.
Management of Bullying
The active prevention of bullying is the responsibility of everyone working in the school.
Definitions of Bullying
Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour that is repeated over a sustained period of time, making it difficult for the person concerned to defend themselves. This can take the form of name-calling, violence, threatened violence, isolation, ridicule or indirect action such as spreading unpleasant stories about someone.
Actions to Tackle Bullying
At South Wonton Primary School we will be vigilant for signs of bullying and always take reports of incidents seriously. We will use the curriculum whenever possible to reinforce the ethos of the school and help pupils to develop strategies to combat bullying-type behaviour.
Pupils are encouraged to report any incidence of bullying, involving themselves or another child, to any member of staff.
All reported incidents of bullying will be taken seriously by staff members and recorded on an Incident form and fully investigated. In the first instance the class teacher of the victim will be responsible for this and will inform the Assistant Headteacher in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and the Deputy Head teacher in Key Stage 2.
Upon discovery of an incident of unacceptable behaviour or bullying, the incident will be discussed with the child/ren involved using language appropriate to the incident and to their age and level of understanding using the ‘No Blame and Shared Concern Approach’.
This will ensure that the bully or bullies are made aware of the victim’s distress, and accept responsibility for their actions. All parties need to be listened to and supported.
If bullying includes racist abuse then it must be reported immediately to the Headteacher who will record the incident in the Racial Incident Book and report it in the annual census to the Local Authority.
Strategies to support the development of good behaviour
Circle Time, role play and other drama techniques can be used to help children understand the impact of bullying actions and behaviour. Regular use of these strategies is an effective way of sharing information and provides a forum for discussing important issues such as equal rights, relationships, justice and acceptable behaviour. It can also be used within the affected group to confront specific incidents of unacceptable behaviour including bullying.
As part of the ethos of the school parents are kept fully informed of the life of their child at South Wonston. This is achieved through regular meetings and the child’s annual end of year report. Where particular incidents of concern occur, involving unacceptable behaviour and/or bullying, parents of all the children concerned will be informed.
Discussions with the Headteacher are recorded in the Behaviour File.
Whilst behaviour is of a high standard throughout the school, we believe that one case is one case too many and that it is essential to constantly review this policy to ensure we are in a position to strengthen our approach to this issue.
Persistent bad behaviour or bullying may result in a child being excluded from school. This will always be as a last resort.