AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aims and objectives of our Behaviour Policy reflect and support the School Mission Statement;
1. To encourage a calm, purposeful and happy learning environment within our school.
2. To foster positive, caring attitudes towards everyone, where achievements at all levels are celebrated and valued.
3. To provide opportunities for children to develop their independence, self-discipline and a sense of responsibility towards themselves and others.
4. To develop a consistent approach for promoting positive behaviour throughout the school.
5. To ensure that expectations of behaviour are clearly communicated to children.
6. To establish a coherent and fair reward system that acknowledges and celebrates good behaviour.
7. To establish procedures which determine a clear and consistent approach to unacceptable and disruptive behaviour.
8. To raise self-esteem and teach positive behaviour through the content and delivery of the curriculum.
9. To ensure the development and progress of pupils with behavioural needs are regularly reviewed with staff and parents.
10. To effectively manage incidents of bullying, sexism or racism if and when they occur.
Gateway’s Golden Five
The school has five main rules and values which provide a consistent, fair calm environment and ensure the children are able to learn in the right working atmosphere. The rules are displayed in classrooms, the hall, the entrance area and will be known as Gateway’s Golden Five:
Follow instructions at the first time of asking.
Show respect to all within Gateway, both people and school property.
Always try our best and be positive and resilient in our work.
Be well-mannered, honest and polite to all regardless of beliefs and religion.
To have kind hands and words so we all feel safe to be ourselves.
REWARDS AND SANCTIONS
The school operates a behaviour management system involving traffic light colours (green, amber and red). These traffic lights are displayed in each classroom. See appendices on how the system operates:
TROPHY - A trophy is displayed above the traffic lights and is used to recognise behaviour, effort and attitude that is exceptional in relation to the normal expectations.
GREEN - Children who demonstrate the expected behaviour and conduct will remain on the green traffic light. Only children on green can earn other rewards such as stickers, being raised to the trophy level to gain a visit to the Appreciation Station, Class Dojos, class marbles, teacher’s chair, special seat, time out to show good work to other staff, certificates or postcards home etc.
GREEN PLAYTIME All children who have been on green all day will earn 3 minutes each day, building upto 15 minutes, by the end of the week for an extra playtime 2:45-3:00 on a Friday. A member of staff from each classroom must be on duty.
WARNING – If behaviour is not acceptable then a verbal warning must be given first and a reminder of the correct school rule/value to be followed.
AMBER - Children who continue to disrupt their own learning or that of others after a warning will move to the amber traffic light. They will be encouraged to think about how their behaviour can improve. After a sustained period of improved behaviour the child can be moved back up to Green. If, however, children continue to be disruptive or demonstrate more serious misconduct, then a de-escalating strategy should be used. This calm down/time out to be initially within the classroom - this can be at a designated table, sit by an adult, reading area, calming space/cushion area or just at their desk, moving the child’s partner if necessary. This can last up to five minutes maximum. Should the child be really unsettled or unsettling others then the time out can be outside the classroom. The classroom assistant will then take the child to have a ‘time-out’ outside the classroom or in the alternative year group class. N.B. If there is no classroom assistant in the classroom the teacher must ask the year group TA to assist. All of these strategies allow the child to calm, regulate and readjust, therefore avoiding moving to red. Any uncompleted work from time on amber needs to be caught up and completed with a member of staff from the year group at an agreed time within the day.
RED - Children who continue to be disruptive or who demonstrate more serious misconduct will move to the red traffic light. Once on red, a detention is automatically given. If a red was gained from moving through the traffic light system they are to have a ten minute detention at the next available break - either playtime or lunchtime. The detention should be completed within the year group. In response to red behaviour, repeat any of the above strategies, as needed, to support in calming the situation. If a child continues being particularly disruptive then radio for SLT/Behaviour Team to support in the classroom, or a walk and talk, time out of the room, use of the Blue Pod room or removal from the lesson (following that order). One consequence should be given for the behaviour.
At Blackpool Gateway Academy we encourage the children to be independent learners and strive to achieve the best that they can. We expect children to give their best effort across all areas of school life regardless of their ability; in the classroom, in the playground, during lessons and outside of lessons, in completing homework and in the contribution they make to the life of the school.
If a child’s effort is to be judged as exceptional in relation to normal expectations (Trophy Level) we would expect them to:
Show curiosity: demonstrate a desire to extend learning beyond the classroom, ask questions
Show commitment: work hard, take pride in their work, take actions to achieve their target, by being resilient
Show collaboration: be enthusiastic and willing to be involved, show critical thinking, be reflective
Show creativity: overcome problems, try new things and develop your own ways to learn.
2. CLASS DOJO
The school operates the Class Dojo system to reward positive behaviours and attitudes. Dojo points are awarded for a range of things. Children collect the points when working towards school wide awards at Bronze Level (50), Silver (150) and Gold (250). They are awarded with a certificate and star badge of the appropriate colour to wear on their uniform. Class Dojo is also used to inform parents of their child’s progress through the class story and messaging features. This is a two way process.
Parents may receive positive text or postcard home for positive behaviours/attitude or good work.
4. Weekly Certificates
Every week, at least two children from all classes will be identified and celebrated in assembly for demonstrating achievement and a positive attitude throughout the week. The children will be photographed and celebrated on the schools website (if permission has been granted).