A successful Behaviour Management Policy depends on good communication and positive relationships between children, staff and parents. It provides security for children and increases their opportunities for development and learning. This policy is designed to encourage good behaviour, rather than merely deter anti-social behaviour.
It is a primary aim of EtonHouse Prep that every member of our community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. We are a caring community, whose values are built on mutual trust and respect for all. EtonHouse Prep’s behaviour policy is therefore designed to support the way in which all members of the community can work together to promote an inclusive environment in which everyone feels happy, safe and secure. By collectively endorsing the policy, staff, students and parents will be clear on acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and the system of rewards and sanctions that apply.
When the whole community follows EtonHouse Prep’s code of behaviour and understands the rules and reasons that govern them, together with EtonHouse Prep’s practice of rewards and sanctions the Behaviour Management Policy will be effective. It is vital that all of our procedures are understood by all adults in EtonHouse Prep, by children and by parents. The key principles of the Behaviour Management Policy are communicated to children and the policy is made available to parents at the beginning of each academic year.
Harmonious Learning Environment
EtonHouse Prep has a number of golden rules, but our behaviour policy is not primarily concerned with rule enforcement. It is a means of promoting good relationships, so that people can work together with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn. This policy supports the EtonHouse Prep community in enabling collective responsibility for a harmonious learning environment.
Golden Rules for Children
- We are honest
- We work hard
- We listen well
- We are kind
- We are gentle
- We look after things
- We walk in school
- We use whisper voices on the stairs
Expectations of Parents
In any international setting, communication is the key to productive successful partnerships. Home-school partnerships are a proven key driver of educational success for children. We therefore ask parents to:
- Always model respectful and considerate behaviour towards others;
- Speak to their child’s teacher as soon as possible, if they have a concern related to learning, development or progress;
- Refrain from gossip and conjecture;
- Refrain from communicating in anger with other parents;
- Never approach a child about their behaviour unless it is to prevent a dangerous outcome;
- Report negative behaviour when it occurs (if seen)
- Act individually rather than collectively;
- Speak positively about EtonHouse Prep in front of their children;
- Support the positive behaviour management policy;
- Discuss learning with their child every day.
Commitment from EtonHouse Prep
We will always:
- Behave in a considerate and respectful way towards parents and children;
- Treat all children fairly and apply this behaviour policy in a consistent way;
- Inform parents immediately if a child’s behaviour is unacceptable;
- Ensure we provide accurate and well considered feedback to parents;
- Speak face-to-face if we have significant concerns about your child’s progress, behaviour or development;
- Use the communication book to provide valuable information;
- Use praise wherever possible to reinforce positive behaviour with children;
- Encourage children to become positive, responsible, independent young people;
- Try to avoid confrontation, listen, establish the facts, judge only when certain; and use sanctions sparingly.
Role of the Headteacher
- To implement EtonHouse Prep’s behaviour policy consistently throughout the community;
- To monitor the policy and its effectiveness;
- To ensure the health, safety and welfare of all children in EtonHouse Prep;
- To set the standards of behaviour, and support the staff in their implementation of the policy;
- To keep records of all reported serious incidents of negative behaviour including bullying and racism;
- To respond appropriately should behaviour be dangerous, repeated over time and completely unacceptable.
Promoting Positive Behaviour
- Set class expectations or rules TOGETHER;
- Display these clearly;
- Share GOLDEN rules for EtonHouse Prep and remind children through awards;
- Use positive gestures and acknowledgement of good behaviour and achievement;
such as Principal’s certificates, HOUSEPOINTS, DOVES and CUPS;
- Celebrate achievements in Assemblies;
- Praise positive behaviour to counter negative;
- Smile and show delight at positive change.
Circle Time and SEAL
All classes use Circle Time and SEAL sessions as a tool for promoting positive behaviour. Circle Time and SEAL sessions may be combination of games and opportunities for children to respond positively to each other in a safe, friendly environment. They may also provide the class with an opportunity to discuss inappropriate behaviour and plan ways to improve the situation.
Responding to Negative Behaviour
- Negative behaviour means any action that will break the golden rules or class rules or will
upset another individual.
- Give reasoning;
- Appropriately ignore low level inappropriate behaviour;
- Give verbal reminders and state consequences;
- Implement TIME OUT procedure appropriate to age;
- Restrict privileges such as free choice activities (without restricting open-air
- Require an apology.
Partnership with Parents
Our partnership with parents is central to achieving positive behaviour and a harmonious ethos. Parents are kept well informed of any behaviour problems that a child may have at an early stage rather than allow more serious problems to arise. The Class Teacher will discretely inform the parent in person or via a phone call. Most problems are easily resolved when parents are contacted in order to share with them the most effective ways of helping a particular child. If we have needed to discuss inappropriate behaviour with parents, we make sure that we give them positive feedback when there are improvements.
Process for escalating concerns
Class Teacher -> Team Leader -> Head Teacher -> Principal/CEO
There are sometimes periods in a child’s life when behaviour is adversely affected by circumstances beyond his or her control, such as the death of a close relative or a problem in the family. It is always helpful for EtonHouse Prep to know so that we can deal sensitively with children who may be under stress, even if we do have to reprimand them or apply sanctions.
Children identified as being vulnerable, a possible victim, or struggling to meet behaviour expectations, will be included in our Child Watch book so that all staff know to maintain close observation and pre-empt potential problems.
Support for Parents
We are happy to support parents who are experiencing difficulty with their children at home by discussion with the child in school, if the parents feel this would be helpful. Our Achievement Leader will advise on a range of strategies for parents to use at home.
We accept that there will be times when a child is bullied by another child, this happens in school, as in life. However, our stance on bullying is ‘zero tolerance.’ This means that all cases of proven bullying are dealt with immediately and taken seriously. Parents will be involved at the earliest opportunity. If there is no change in behaviour a child may be asked to find another school. (see the anti-bullying policy) All cases of suspected bullying will be fully investigated before any decisions are made.