The Woodway Federation
This Statement has been drawn up in accordance with the Education and Inspections Act, 2006, and DfE guidance (Behaviour and Discipline in Schools, 2012)
The purpose of the Statement is to provide guidance for the Headteachers in drawing up the school’s Behaviour Policies so that it reflects the shared aspirations and beliefs of Governing Body, staff and parents for the pupils in the school as well as taking full account of law and guidance on behaviour matters. It is intended to help all staff to be aware of and understand the extent of their powers in respect of discipline and sanctions and how to use them. Staff should be confident that they have the support of the Governors when following this guidance
This is a statement of principles, not practice: it is the responsibility of the Headteachers to draw up the school’s behaviour policies, though they must take account of these principles when formulating this. The Headteachers are also asked to take account of the guidance in DfE publication Behaviour and Discipline in Schools: a guide for Headteachers and school staff
Statement of Intent
We believe that all children have the right to learn and teachers have a right to teach. The pupils who attend a school within The Woodway Federation have the right to a broad curriculum; therefore it is essential for us all to provide:
Clear expectations, for behaviour and work
A stimulating, positive and safe environment
A sense of belonging and community
Opportunities for our pupils to show they are responsible citizens
In order to achieve the above we aim to
Create a learning environment which provides a broad and balanced curriculum which is exciting, challenging and personalised
Create mutually respectful relationships, ensuring that the voice of everyone is listened to thus promoting self-esteem
Define and reinforce acceptable standards of behaviour and ensure our expectations of behaviour and strategies for response are widely known, agreed and understood by all
Provide consistency of response to appropriate and inappropriate behaviour, ensuring continuity of expectations
Regularly monitor and review our practice to ensure the safety and emotional well-being of all, adults and children alike.
1. As adults, our most effective strategy for promoting positive behaviour is to role model the behaviour and language we want to see and hear. In order to encourage respect to one another, personal and social development is integral to all we do.
2. There should be a wide range of rewards consistently and fairly applied in such a way as to encourage and reward good behaviour in the classroom and elsewhere. These should be made clear in the Behaviour Policy and regularly monitored for their consistent, fair application and effectiveness.
3. Sanctions for unacceptable/poor behaviour should be known and understood by all staff and pupils and consistently applied. The full range of sanctions should be clearly described in the Behaviour Policy so that pupils, staff and parents can understand how and when these are applied. The Governing Body strongly feel that exclusions must be used only as a last resort. ‘Unofficial’ exclusions are illegal and so must be avoided. The Headteachers may inform the police, as appropriate, if there is evidence of a criminal act or if they fear that one may take place e.g. if illegal drugs are discovered during a search; cyber-bullying; criminal harassment. Sanctions should be monitored for their proper use and effective impact.
4. Parents/carers should be encouraged and helped to support their children’s education, just as the pupils should be helped to understand their responsibilities during their time at school, in the local community and in preparation for their life after school. The responsibilities of pupils, parents/carers and school staff with respect to pupils’ behaviour must be outlined in the ‘Home/School Agreement’ which pupils and parents/carers must be asked to sign when a pupil joins the school.
5. Headteachers will decide when disclosures should be reported to the appropriate authorities and if appropriate without parental consent.