1.1 The policies and procedures within my placement school relevant to promoting children’s and young people’s positive behaviour are:
• Code of conduct
• Dealing with misbehaver and conflict
Keeping up a good attendance (97% or above) at my placement is a means to promote good behaviour by being consistent with coming to school and working hard.
The school has a strict rule when it comes to dealing with misbehavior, the procedures are if a pupil is misbehaving in class or not following the rules, they will be given 3 warnings and on the third warning they are sent straight to relocation. If they are to be relocated twice in one day, this results in an hour detention after school. If bad behaviour continues they will be in all day internal isolation. It is important for pupils to follow and understand the behaviour policy so that they are aware of the repercussions that will take place if they choose to continue with bad behaviour. This will help them understand their mistakes and make sure they don’t repeat it.
The school has a rewards system where all students are into houses, and whichever house has the most winning points will be given a reward at the end of each term. Points are given out on good behavior, excellent consistent hard work, this helps promote good behaviour as pupils are rewarded for their good behaviour and gives them the life lesson of ‘good things happen to good people’.
1.2 It is important for all staff to be consistent when supervising pupil’s behaviour and it is important for children to have boundaries that they can understand and which are frequently reinforced by adults. It is important that it is made clear to children how they are anticipated to behave, children need to be explained rules and boundaries and why they are important, when children are unaware of how they are expected to behave or if adults are giving them conflicting messages children will become confused and upset and may act out disapprovingly and will find it difficult to know how to behave next time. Although all children are most likely to test boundaries for behaviour, it is imperative for staff to be consistent with their response and as this will make children realize that the response will not change and they will be less likely to repeat it. Rules should be carried out the same for everyone, if two pupils are chatting in lesson when they shouldn’t be, it’s important that members of staff give both pupils the same punishment or explain why one child is in more trouble than the other. If a child feels as though they are being targeted because they are in more trouble than the other child, this could cause a lot of conflict which will result in the student lashing out and carrying out bad behaviour. By not showing favoritism and giving out unfair/unexplained punishments will made children feel as though they are not good enough which will make them feel anger and resentment which will promote bad behaviour. Making sure that the same rules and same consequences applies to every child, and if one child is more at fault than the other it is vital that they are told why they are at fault. This will make them realize why they are in more trouble and the rest and understand their mistake rather than feeling unjust and angry for feeling that they are being directly targeted.
It is important that the procedures for intolerable behaviour are carried by all members of staff at all times both in the classroom and on the playground as the children need to know what is expected of them and the repercussions of their actions if they choose to misbehave. The children will then identify the consequences of their actions and generally choose to not misbehave to avoid getting in trouble.