We have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour both in the classroom and in the playground and work to create an environment where everyone shows respect and consideration for others. We also know that children’s behaviour is a way of communicating their needs. In response to this, and in order to create a safe and secure place to learn and grow, we follow the therapeutic approach to behaviour management that is recommended to all Hertfordshire schools.
This means that staff:
- teach and promote pro-social behaviour through our assemblies and PSHE lessons across the school;
- provide positive experiences for children as we know that this leads to pro-social behaviour in the long-term;
- teach children that their actions have consequences and support them to see the impact on others;
- try to understand what children’s behaviour is telling us;
- aim to meet children’s individual needs, whether they are educational, social or emotional as we know that this supports pro-social behaviour;
- never knowingly raise a child’s anxiety and work to reduce anxiety as much as possible as we know this often leads to anti-social behaviour;
- expect children to reflect on any anti-social behaviour, for example through discussion with an adult or taking time out;
- support children to repair relationships if this is needed.
Our behaviour management approach is about supporting children to develop the internal discipline they need to be happy and successful adults, rather than imposing external control and punishment which we believe limits the development of self-responsibility. We believe that this is the most effective way of challenging anti-social behaviours and encouraging and enabling pro-social behaviour for the good of our community. For most children this is achieved through our whole school approach, but some children may need more intensive work on managing their emotions and developing internal discipline. For those children, our Pastoral Support Team provides additional support, working in a group or individually to teach and practise pro-social behaviours, often using strategies recommended by specialist teachers and advisers.
Our key message is that everyone deserves to feel happy and safe at school so if you have any concerns about behaviour please speak to your child’s class teacher.