Behaviour Policy

gold starFollowing our staff training day today we have made some modifications to our Behaviour Policy. We have put more detail in the section about the management of behaviour in the playground and tightened up some of our procedures.

Over the Christmas break Ofsted changed their guidance on behaviour and we have altered our policy to take account of these changes. Ofsted have made clear exactly what they define as disruptive behaviour and we have used these definitions to help clarify our expectations.

In line with Ofsted’s revised guidance ten minutes detention will be given to children for the following reasons:

  • Breaking the school rules
  • Not bringing in their P.E. kit
  • Not completing their work to the teachers satisfaction during a lesson
  • Not returning their homework on time
  • Being late to school (KS2 only) – 2 x number of minutes late ( in line with Attendance Policy)
  • Not having their Reading Diary signed by their parent/carer weekly

We do hope that you take the time to read our revised policy so that we can continue to work together to ensure that your children achieve to the highest level.

Behaviour

Susan Papas View All →

Executive Headteacher

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  1. Just curious, in relation to the reading diary being signed this is the rule for the children and parents but what are the repercussions when the teacher has not signed it. I write a comment about my childs reading almost every night and sign every week but her book has not been signed by her teacher for the last 7 weeks of school. Thanks

  2. Hello Claire.

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. It is school policy that the teacher looks at (and signs) the reading diary each week, if this is not happening I would like to follow this up with the teacher concerned. It would be really helpful if you could email me: head@selsdonprimary.org.uk and let me know which class your child is in so that I can rectify this situation ASAP!

    Best wishes

    Susan

  3. Hi, could you let me know which week in the reading diary we start on this week. My daughters are always on different weeks !! Also should we be writing up the diaries on the weeks the school is closed for holidays ? Thankyou

  4. I hope each child ability is going to be taken into account where completion of work to teachers satisfaction is concerned. Also with regards to being late again I hope this is not going to penalise children that have various difficulties or children with parents that may have illness or difficulties that on occasions may make them late. As I myself have illness that can hinder me some mornings and as much as I may get up early some mornings is worse than others. And lastly signing o homework diary…my illness will on occasions play havoc with my memory and I sometimes think I have done something only to find out later that I haven’t so is my child again going to be penalised for my illness….I hate having this illness and try my hardest to make sure it doesn’t effect or have an impact on my child but something like these rules could make it so it does, I do not want that to happen and I am sure their are many other parents that feel the same.

    I agree we should have rules but all I am constantly hearing this lately is that children need to do more in school to keep in line with other European countries. Yes I want my child to have a decent education but I also want my child to have a childhood, there is too much pressure on our children now days and it’s no wonder we have so many youngsters on anti depressants.

  5. Hello Jacquie,

    Thank you for taking the time to let me know about this. Of course we take in account the different circumstances for each of our children. I am sure if you have explained your situation to your child’s teacher then they will make allowances if necessary.

    I am sure that by asking children to learn good habits and gain a well rounded education, that they will not feel under too much pressure or be at risk of depression. Research shows that with high expectations and clear, firm boundaries children feel safe and thrive.

    Thank you again for sharing this with me.

    Best wishes

    Susan

  6. Thank you for updating us on the changes to the behaviour policy. I do think a detention for a parent not signing a reading diary is quite strong. Working full time, with two children means that this isn’t always top of my list of things to do – not the fault of my child! My daughter reads daily and is way ahead of where her performance should be. Surely the focus should be on helping children achieve rather than monitoring whether a book is signed. I do not see how this links to my child’s behaviour. I appreciate you are following ofsted guidelines but sometimes a sprinkling of common sense is needed too. Regards,

  7. I don’t entirely agree with this my child is fine during the school holidays but then as the time for school approaches she starts to get anxious. She starts talking in her sleep and wakes up a lot, I notice the change in her. Then wen she gets homework she panics wen she has done it that it might not be good enough or right, she constantly asks me before leaving home and on the way to school am I going to be late (which I don’t think we have ever been late), I erasure her that everything will be all right, that if we are late I will explain why and with regard to her work I tell her that as long as she has tried her best and that she feels happy with it then that’s all that matters and that her teacher will be pleased with that.

    I don’t want to go into to much on here but I know several people that have been messed up by the pressures of schooling, both in my own family, my partners family, our friends and also outside of my our circle if friends. There is so much more to education now than wen I was at school, I never had homework till I got into senior school, I had 10 spelling a week to learn but other than that I had my evening and weekends to be a child and to not have to worry about school….so different to today’s schooling. And I did very well in my education and my extended education at college. I know people how have got masters in several different areas and could not gain access into the chosen careers due to needing experience but you can’t gain experience till someone gives you the job. One of these people works in net and the other is a PCSO now.

  8. Sorry to correct an error ‘one person works in next’. Predictor text was on and it is a pain in the backside changes words that I don’t want changed. I don’t like it but my older daughter uses it and has been on my iPad.

  9. Can you provide us with a link to ofsted’s guidance on this, details of the date this guidance was published and an idea of how you and other headteachers are bound to guidance rather than directives. Many thanks

  10. Hello Russell,

    Yes, of course. The document can be found here This is the guidance that is given to Ofsted inspectors to guide their inspections of schools.

    I cannot speak for other headteachers, however as the headteacher here I think that it would be foolish to ignore any guidance published by Ofsted. As a school that is under close scrutiny by both HMI and Ofsted we need to be aware of the criteria by which we will be judged. This is in the best interests of the whole school community.

    Also, I happen to agree with the key principles in Ofsted’s revised guidance on behaviour. It is helpful to make clear what exactly we mean by disruptive behaviour and supports us as schools to implement a behaviour management system that allows all of our pupils to learn, free from distractions, in the best possible environment.

    I hope that this goes some way to answer your question.

    Best wishes

    Susan

  11. For each new behaviour rule, there really should be some flexibility…
    1; breaking school rules…I am unsure there is a valid reason for doing this!
    2; making sure work is up to standard in class, instead of punishing the child with detention, should you not be questioning why? Was it too much of a rush? Was it boring for the child? Was it too easy/hard for the child? Is there other things to consider? Tiredness, problems? Etc…
    3; not bringing in pe kit. This is not down to the child??? It is down to us parents. My daughter has 2 pe kits one indoor and one outdoor. She was informed swimming this term (wrongly) so I didn’t know which kit to bring in? I brought the winter kit in (track bottoms, t shirt, trainers) as better that and stay warm than be too cold in shorts. She very nearly got a detention. Another child’s plimsoles fell out of pe bag and got a detention! My daughter did have pe kit it was just the wrong one!
    4; Not bringing homework in on time, this is very difficult for some parents working full time. Or for a child with personal problems… Are allowances made?
    5; being late. Unless a child comes to school on their own accord it is down to us parents again! Why punish the child?
    There are some very valid reasons for being late on occasions. Is this considered?
    6; get reading diary signed by parents again is down to us parents. So again Why punish the child?

    Several of these rules are parents responsibility. I know you have no power to give us a detention but I would rather that than have my daughter have one for something that is my fault.

    Last night I explained to my daughter that she should not be so worried and scared about a detention as really is nothing. Not quite what you want to hear, but worrying them with the detention punishments is awful! I try to stick to the rules and I am adopting this attitude, I can only imagine what other parents are saying who aren’t so worried by the rules.
    I really don’t feel this new regimental approach is going to work.
    They are children and just want to be happy and have fun! They really shouldn’t be worrying at such young ages!

  12. My son is also scared about getting a detention! I, too, have told him not to worry. He is constantly telling me that we can’t be late for school (not that we ever have been), and that I must remember to sign his diary. Having a P.E. kit in school is surely my responsibilty, not his.
    I feel this is unnecessary pressure on the children, especially as the children in my son’s class have had to also deal with another change of teacher….of which we were told would be a slow handover and not an immediate change. This, apparently has not been the case.

  13. I agree fully with the above comments, the responsibility for getting to school on time, PE kits and signing of the reading diary lies with the parent and not the child. Of course I would always encourage the development of my child’s ability to self manage but he is seven years old and detentions appear extreme and disproportionate to the supposed offence. These measures also induce unnecessary anxiety in small children which is apparent in our case. I would also like to comment here on my continuing disappointment with the nature of my son’s homework. I feel that the creative work he is allocated on a weekly basis has its place however I would desperately like to see some variation. I don’t believe homework is a legal requirement and I am getting to the point where I feel my son would be best served if we choose to do extra academic work which is relevant to my sons needs in lieu of cutting, sticking, painting and drawing every single weekend!!

  14. Hello Sarah,

    Thank for taking the time to leave a comment. The homework given out by the teachers should be open-ended, by which I mean that your child has the opportunity to put as much, or as little, into as they would like. All homework set should have an academic element to it, although without knowing which year group your child is in, I cannot comment as to how much. We introduce homework in Reception, and this would be largely creative and would expect there to be more academic challenge in the homework of the older year groups.

    I think that the best thing to do is to talk to your child’s class teacher and explain your concerns. I am sure that together you can devise a system of homework that is more fitting for your child’s needs.

    Best wishes

    Susan

  15. Thank you for your comment Bella.

    I apologise that the previous class teacher was not in the class as much as we had planned last week. This was outside our control as we had a bout of unexpected illness amongst the staff and she had to cover their classes for them. I am next door to your son’s class, and I know that Miss Kirby was popping in and out of the class all week. The children appeared to be settling in well with their new teacher, and we will continue to monitor this closely. Miss Mould is a lovely teacher, with a warm manner, I am sure that she will settle into the class very quickly.

    I do hope that Miss Kirby will be able to spend some more time with the class this week.

    Best wishes

    Susan

  16. Hello Mrs Papas,
    This is the first time I am writing to you and it is with an emotional concern. My child is in Year 3 and is extremely anxious about coming to school now. He also asked me yesterday, “Mummy, what other schools are there?” The whole situation and extremely drastic changes in the behavior policy seems to have brought lots of stress in his little life. Therefore I am having to refer to you and inform you how this reflects on the children’s emotional well being. Every morning in the car he would be in tears simply because there might be some traffic on the road which will make him late for school and he will get a detention. Why do we need to bring children into school already stressed? And how effective do we expect them to learn after such a start? We have never been late for school, Mrs Papas and just the thought of it is causing this kind of reaction. He has never had a detention and still shivers by the thought he may get one.
    Once he mentioned to me that they learned about Odysseys in class. Because we have also spoken a lot about this at home, I asked him if he has told the teachers, something. No, because I will get a detention, was the answer. Really?????????, Instead of a Merritt award maybe, he thinks he will get a detention again. Why can’t we look at their potential first, before start punishing them with detentions for almost everything. Maybe if we find their potentials, we would manage their behavior better, and easier. Maybe if we respond to their feelings, their behavior won’t need managing with a punishment anyway.
    Mrs Papas. I have another boy, who studies in Wallington County Grammar School, where the discipline is extremely important and so is the attendance. Boys there only get a detention if they have been late for school three times. Not the first time!!!!!, And this is a high school. A Strict Grammar school for Boys with fantastic achievements. They only get a detention for a missing PE kit if this has happened three times again. The first time they get a kit mark. Our younger ones at the age of seven get detentions in Selsdon Primary for missing plimsolls once. How much do we want this children to worry about? And why? Just to please Ofsted… ?
    Here I would also like to mention, Mrs Papas, that I am a teacher in Old Palace School in Croydon and therefore am perfectly aware of the Ofsted requirements, how they change and how they work. In fact we have just been through an inspection ourselves and this turned out to be outstanding in All areas. And there is no Ofsted requirement, which says: detention for one late arrival or missing one piece of PE kit or a signature from a parent. But, as a professional, I also know that stressed children do not learn effectively. And they never learn effectively in an environment, which they cannot trust. Such environment can actually be harmful too. Stress in young ages can also leave long term conditions etc.
    Mrs Papas. My only concern is the emotional state I am having to leave my child into school every day and the thousands of new rules and regulations he would be made to follow every day, which affect his happiness altogether. He is normally such a jolly happy little man, who has lots of friends at school and is capable of achieving high standards. This school actually needs those children to develop and perform high to the very best of their abilities. Please don’t let the politics in the school affect our children’s emotional state.
    Thanks for taking time to read this
    I really hope I will get a reply.

    Regards

    Valentina
    Feel free to contact me via e-mail
    I would also be happy to attend a small meeting and discuss the matters further if needed.

  17. Hi Sarah I totally agree with you on this. My daughter is petrified she is going to get a detention to the point it is causing her to be ill and also desturbing her sleep. She is crying when we come into school, clinging to me again and begging me not to take her. She is waking up at night sweating and also talking in her sleep now. She panics if we might be late, if her homework is good enough and if she does enough in class. This is very worrying for me as my partners niece is now on anti depressants and receiving psychiatric help due to pressures of schooling. This is not fair on our children and I think this is disgusting. They are children not robots.

  18. Hello Valentina,

    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed comment. I appreciate the issues that you have raised, but feel that too much emphasis is being put on the sanctions in our behaviour policy. The policy also includes a great many rewards, far more than our sanctions. Our policy is based on the principles of rights and responsibilities, our aim is to create a climate where we respect each other and take responsibility for our actions.

    We reward our children often. They receive house points, badges, stickers, red ties and so on for following our school rules. The children very much enjoy this and are proud of their achievements. I notice that the comments here on the blog focus on our sanctions rather than all of the positive reward systems we have in place.

    We make no apology for expecting our pupils to follow our school rules, to arrive at school on time and be well prepared for their lessons. This is the same in every good school. Without sanctions, the rules would have no meaning and our pupils would not learn an extremely important lesson in life. Maybe our job as teachers and parents is to help our children understand this. We all make mistakes and we all learn to take the consequences and move on. Our experience in school is that the children are very settled and happy.

    If a child is feeling worried about something the best thing is to speak to the teacher. We are not robots and the policy is implemented with a good dose of common sense.

    We have not introduced ‘thousands of rules and regulations’ far from it. We have in fact reduced the number of rules and sanctions, but we have increased the number of rewards.

    Tomorrow we will be handing out brand new scooters as rewards for good attendance and punctuality, as indeed we will do every term.

    I do hope that this allays some of your fears.

    Best wishes

    Susan

  19. Hello Jacquie,

    This is very disturbing to hear. I suggest that this is addressed as soon as possible. Please call the school and ask to speak to Mrs Kate Jenkins our SENCO so that she can arrange a meeting with you, and your daughter, as a matter of urgency. If her behaviour is due to our policies we will put support for her in place immediately.

    Best wishes

    Susan

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