Rewards, Sanctions and Discipline


Staff encourage the highest standards in collective and self-discipline. The ethos of the School and the planning of the broad curriculum, promote the attitudes and values necessary for individual children to contribute positively to their own personal development and to that of the School. These attitudes and values are further encouraged through a system of rewards and sanctions. It is noted that a lack of or poor discipline is often the result of problems within the family unit or the lack of social skills.

General Management

  • All pupils have a right to work in a calm, supportive and purposeful atmosphere.
  • All pupils have the right to come to school without the fear of being bullied – (see ‘Anti-bullying’ policy).
  • Guidelines are issued and discussed at the beginning of each school year outlining expected classroom behaviour, with reasons.
  • The class and line monitor system also helps to give the pupils a sense of involvement and citizenship.
  • Class registers and details of pupils, along with discipline guidelines, are available for cover/supply teachers to quickly identify and resolve problem areas. (Llyfryn Canllawiau Athrawon Cyflenwi – Supply Teacher Guidelines Booklet)
  • Every adult is responsible for every pupil in our School and is expected to treat pupils firmly, fairly and courteously. In the same manner, it is expected that each member of the School’s classrooms behave politely, showing respect to every adult that works on the site.

The Class Teacher

The class teacher has prime responsibility for pastoral care. It is expected that each classroom provide a positive atmosphere that conforms with the principles of restorative justice. In order to ensure this, the thorough knowledge the class teacher has of his/her pupils will be depended upon, along with his/her patience and perseverance when discussing and understanding the root of complex mis behaviour.

Teachers will:

  • Offer rewards and sanctions.
  • Watch out for children who are behaving out of character.
  • Look for signs of distress and upset.
  • Through talking and listening to children, pick up on suspected occurrences of non-accidental injury or child abuse and should report to the Headteacher for further investigation.

Rewards

Rewards are a very powerful tool for teachers to use. The general practice of classroom management involves many rewards being given to children on a daily basis. These include:

  • Verbal praise, written remarks about good work, stickers, sending children to a nearest teacher or the Head/Deputy for praise.
  • Commendation during Friday assembly (Pupil of the Week).
  • Presentation of certificates at the end of each term (Pupil of the Term).
  • Reports which are also seen as a vehicle for constructive criticism and praise.
  • It is possible for the School to send a message of praise to parents via text
  • Sweets will not be offered as a reward to pupils.

Sanctions

Occasionally a pupil will fail to respond to the class reward systems. Every teacher and Learning Support staff has the opportunity to meet weekly to discuss any concerns.The advice of other members of staff can be very valuable in difficult situations and often they can offer strategies to deal with complex examples of mis-behaviour.

In order to deal with any unacceptable behaviour, the ‘Good to be Green’ discipline system is employed. This is a gradated system that warns pupils by using four coloured cards, which allows them to modify their behaviour before the final punishment. The aim is to encourage ‘Good to be Green’ behaviour patterns at all times.

The system works thus:

  • A chart is displayed in each classroom with a picture of each child on it; 4 coloured cards are placed in order beneath each picture – green, blue, orange and red.
  • Each pupil is on a ‘Green’ card at the beginning of each morning and afternoon session.
  • If there is an occurrence of unacceptable behaviour, then the pupil’s card will change to ‘Blue’
  • If the behaviour persists or there is a different occurrence of unacceptable behaviour, then the pupil’s card will change to ‘Orange’
  • If the behaviour persists or there is a further occurrence of unacceptable behaviour, then the pupil’s card will change to ‘Red’
  • If a pupil receives a red card, then he is sent to the Deputy/Head and will be excluded from the classroom for the remainder of the session (morning or afternoon)
  • The pupil’s name is recorded in the ‘Red Book’ (discipline) and the parents are informed by phone
  • At the end of the morning/afternoon session, the pupil returns to the ‘Green’ card once again.

The system allows pupils to modify their behaviour beforereaching the final step.

Note – if it is deemed that a pupil’s mis-behaviour is serious enough, then the above steps can be omitted and he/she can be moved immediately to Red.

The following disciplinary procedures require the sanction of the head or senior duty staff member

If the Management Team feel that progress is unacceptable they will consider exclusion for a minor fixed period (one or two days). In all cases of exclusion the parents/guardians will be asked to bring their son/daughter to discuss the terms of re-admittance with the Headteacher.

In instances of serious mis-behaviour the discipline shall take the form of 3 steps. Consultation with the Headteacher is required before action is taken. Each step will be accompanied by a letter to parents (See Appendix 1 – letters are a proforma guideline).

These steps are:

  1. Verbal communication to parents outlining areas of concern.
  2. A letter warning that exclusion will take place if behaviour does not improve
  3. Second letter informing that exclusion will be imposed, inviting parents to School to discuss the matter

Following the aforementioned meeting, a letter informing the parent that their child is to be excluded for a fixed term, giving specific examples of mis-behaviour and grounds for exclusion, along with appeals procedure will be issued.

Exception to the above steps:

If a pupil is felt to constitute serious risk to the welfare of other pupils / staff, they may be excluded immediately

If the pupil then carries on he/she will be recommended for exclusion for a fixed period (up to five days) or for an indefinite period.