What support does our school put in place for children and young people who find it difficult to conform to normal behavioural expectations and how do we support children and young people to avoid exclusion?
We have a very clear behaviour policy and the children are aware of the rewards and sanctions. They are regularly reminded of the school rules during weekly assemblies where behaviour is discussed and celebrations shared. In classrooms and on the playground, clear expectations for behaviour are shared by all staff.
For those children who find it difficult to conform to normal behavioural expectations, we react to individual needs and a variety of strategies are used to meet these needs:
- Meetings with pupils and parents to explore reasons for behaviours
- Class and school rewards such as ‘house points’, ‘Child of the Week’ and ‘Celebrity of the Week’
- Behaviour chart – details target areas and provides an incentive to work to achieve behaviour targets
- Social Stories – used to teach specific behaviours particularly to those children who need explicit teaching, i.e. those children with Autism
- Mentoring System – weekly session with a mentor
- Time to Talk – with a member of the Pastoral Support Team – this may be on a regular basis or on a needs led basis
- The Pastoral Support Team are also available to support the needs of families where appropriate
A Behaviour Support Plan (BSP) will be implemented to support children who are at risk of permanent exclusion or at risk of becoming disaffected through repeated fixed-term exclusions. The PSP is a school-based, child centred approach to address the inclusion of young people with challenging behaviour from a range of perspectives. Targets are set for both the child and for the range of agencies involved with the young person including the school and the parents. Key to this process is the regular review of the PSP that enables close monitoring of the young person within the school environment.