Behaviour Principles Written Statement
This statement sets out Little Sutton’s broad principles and values with regard to behaviour that is both expected and promoted within the school.
Actual, practical applications of these principles are the responsibility of the Head teacher, who will view each case in light of these principles and any relevant policies.
The governing body is aware and approves of this statement, believing it accurately reflects the school’s ethos and that effective learning and development relies on good standards of behaviour.
This is why, at Little Sutton Primary, we seek to uphold high standards of behaviour that are guided by the principles within this statement.
Our written statement of behaviour principles
- The school’s primary concern is the safety, wellbeing and education of all pupils; actions taken in cases of poor behaviour are with the intention of upholding their wellbeing and academic progress, as well as fulfilling our safeguarding responsibilities.
- All members of the school community are treated inclusively and free from any form of discrimination or prejudice – whether it be racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, religious or age-based.
- The school creates and maintains an atmosphere and ethos of tolerance, equality, diversity, respect, understanding, kindness and a sense of citizenship throughout the school community in everyday practice and the curriculum.
- Pupils are regularly reminded about the schools’ three key expectations in relation to respect. Pupils are expected to actively listen, take everything out of their hands and maintain eye contact when an adult is speaking to them.
- The Behaviour policy is understood by pupils and staff. Rewards and sanctions are used consistently by staff, in line with the Behaviour policy.
- Good behaviour around school is to be acknowledged and rewarded by staff, who will judge appropriately – please see Good Behaviour – Rockets.
- All children, staff and visitors should feel safe in the school environment at all times through a high quality of care, support and guidance.
- Pupils are helped to take responsibility for their actions, in support with the family ethos of the school. The exclusions policy explains that exclusions will only be used as a last resort, and outlines the processes involved in permanent and fixed-term exclusions.
- Families are involved in behaviour incidents, as outlined in our policy, to foster good relationships.
- Rules are consistently applied across the school and where sanctions and punishments are exercised, they are in line with the school’s Behaviour Policy.
- At Little Sutton Primary, we foster a community and collective ethos amongst all members of the school as one big family and promote values of caring, empathy, teamwork and coordination.
- Any kind of violence, threatening behaviour or abuse between pupils, or by pupils/parents/carers towards the school’s staff, will not be tolerated. If a parent/carer does not conduct himself/herself properly, the school reserves the right to ban them from the school premises and, if the parent/carer continues to cause disturbance, he or she may be liable to prosecution.
- Guidance on the use of reasonable force will be agreed upon by the Headteacher and governing body, and set out within the school’s Behaviour Policy, which all staff adhere to.
- All members of the school community are aware of behavioural expectations and the relevant policies, and agree to them as fair and reasonable. These are made readily available to read and general expectations (Rockets) are displayed in classrooms and around the school.
- Polite and considerate behaviour is maintained by all around the school, both in and out of the classroom.
- Offensive or insulting language is not tolerated in any circumstances, deliberately or otherwise.
- Each pupil receives the necessary behavioural support according to their specific needs.
- Bullying (and cyber bullying) is not tolerated and pupils are encouraged to report any case of bullying they experience or observe to school staff.
- Staff lead by example and model their conduct in line with the school’s standards.
- To keep the pupils and staff safe, the Headteacher will utilise their powers to search or use reasonable force in order to keep individuals from harming, or further harming, themselves or others.
- Everyone in the Little Sutton Primary community understands that the school’s emphasis is on encouraging and praising good behaviour and supporting individuals who are struggling to meet the expected behavioural standards and that this is everyone’s responsibility.
This written statement, and the policies that are influenced by it, applies to all pupils and staff; this is for both inside and outside of school, when acting as ambassadors, when engaged in extra-curricular activities, such as educational trips and visits (residential and non-residential) and when being educated as a member of Little Sutton Primary. The governing board also emphasises that violence or threatening behaviour, including online, will not be tolerated in any circumstances.
This written statement of behaviour principles was reviewed and approved by the Governing Body of Little Sutton Primary School on:
Date approved: November 2021
Review date: November 2023