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Behaviour and Safeguarding

Behaviour

 

At Alwoodley Primary School we believe that good behaviour is a necessary prerequisite for enabling effective teaching and learning to take place. This policy emphasises our respect for the rights of each individual and our understanding of the responsibilities we all share as members of our school community. We aim to develop in each child feelings of: security, positive self-image, self-confidence, group identity and responsibility for his/her own actions. We continuously strive to ensure that everyone in our school is treated with respect and dignity and that each person in our school will be given fair and equal opportunities to develop their full potential with positive regard to:

  • Gender

  • Ethnicity

  • Cultural and religious background

  • Faith

  • Sexuality

  • Disability or SEMH (Social, emotional and mental health) needs.

 

At times there will be individual children who have particular needs that mean they will need additional support and tolerance by all staff which may have to be sustained over long periods of time. If we believe that a child may be going to hurt themselves or someone else we may need to intervene.

 

Our School Rules

 

These rules apply at all times including lunchtimes and any situation either

on the school premises or on an educational visit.

 

Rewarding Appropriate Behaviour

Our main practice is one of positive recognition, in which more emphasis is placed on rewards than on sanctions. We always seek to encourage appropriate behaviour by using a range of positive reinforcement strategies matched to the child and their situation. These include:

  • A smile, gesture or verbal praise

  • Team Points

  • Stickers

  • Being sent to members of staff for praise

  • Head Teacher Awards

  • Certificate assemblies

  • Come Dine with Me

  • Praise texts home

  • Merit systems developed by teachers for their class

  • Class Enrichment Activity

 

Sanctions

If a child is not following our school rules then these our the steps that staff will work through:

  1. Child will be given a verbal or gesture warning

  2. Child will be given a yellow card

  3. Child will be given a red card

  4. Child will be sent to the next-door class with a cause and effect map. They will reflect on their behaviour and its consequences. When they return to the classroom, the teacher will carry out restorative work.

  5. Child will be sent to a member of the Senior Management Team and parents will be informed.

 

Peer on Peer Abuse/ Child on Child

We recognise that children are capable of abusing their peers and that peer on peer abuse can manifest in many different ways, including bullying, cyber bullying, criminal and sexual exploitation, sexual harassment and violence, initiation/hazing, inappropriate/harmful sexualised behaviours, upskirting and youth produced imagery (sexting) and abuse within intimate partner relationships.

It is very clear that this type of abuse should always be treated seriously, and never just as banter or part of growing up. Any concerns around peer on peer/child on child abuse must be reported and recorded in line with the child protection procedures outlined in section 15 of the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

 

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to meeting the needs of all our children and seek to provide equality of opportunity and access for all. We encourage every child to choose appropriate behaviour regardless of age, gender, race, religion, culture or ability. This policy reinforces respect for the beliefs and actions of individuals within the context of a shared community.

 

Special Needs

We aim to meet the needs of those children who find choosing appropriate behaviour difficult, through special programmes of negotiated targets. The SENCo, SENCo Support and Learning Mentor are able to advise staff about suitable programmes and their implementation.

 

 

Working together with Parents/Carers

We rely upon parental support to achieve our aims. We try to keep parents informed about our behaviour policy and encourage them to discuss aspects of it with their children.

 

Parenting Contracts /Home School Agreement may be drawn up for individuals. We encourage parents and carers to share their concerns about their child’s happiness and behaviour with us.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2022-23

Safeguarding and Child Protection

 

Our Child Protection Designated staff in school are:

 

MR G. German

Head Teacher

 

MRS J. WALKER

Learning Support Manager

 

MISS J. HILL

Deputy Head Teacher

 

Miss C Pattenden

Assistant Head

 

MRS S. WRAY

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator

 

Our Safeguarding governor is

MRS S Saxton

 

Safeguarding

Safeguarding covers all aspects of keeping a child healthy and safe e.g. first aid, educational visits, behaviour, racism, internet safety, security, medical needs.

 

We have rigorous procedures in place to ensure that all our children are as happy, healthy and safe as possible. If you have any suggestions to improve any aspect of our school please let us know.

 

Child Protection is part of Safeguarding.

If anyone has any concerns in relation to child protection please contact Mr German or Miss Hill. The Governor responsible for Child Protection is Mrs S Saxton who visits school regularly. If we receive information about a child from anyone we always contact the parents of the child unless we feel that the child is at immediate risk. We aim to educate and empower children to increasingly take responsibility for their own health and safety.

 

If you or your child have any concerns about anything or need support you could:

•  Talk to your child’s class teacher

•  Talk to Mrs J. Walker - Learning Support Manager

   Mrs Wray (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator)

   or Mrs S. Walker ( Special Needs Support)

•  Contact Child Line 0800 11 11

•  Contact NSPCC 0808 800 5000

This website has lots of useful information http://www.nspcc.org.uk

 

Domestic Violence

The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new project that will run jointly between schools and West Yorkshire Police. The project has been established to support children who are resident in households where there are incidents of domestic violence and abuse. We know that children can be significantly physically or emotionally hurt by being either present in the house or directly witnessing an incident of domestic violence.

 

The Domestic violence and abuse school notification project has been designed to provide confidential notification to schools on any incidents of domestic violence and abuse which occur within a child’s household that might have an impact on a child whilst they are in school.

 

The project will ensure that a member of the school staff is trained to allow them to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, and ensure that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in or witnessed a domestic violence or abuse incident.

 

We are keen to offer the best support possible to our pupils and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

 

If you would like further support or information about domestic violence and abuse please go to www.leedsdomesticviolenceandabuse.co.uk

Online Safety

 

Technology is moving quickly.

Did you know it took only 14 days for 'Angry Birds'

to reach 50 million users?

 

Have you got restricted settings on your tablet,

phone, broadband, even your Smart TV?

 

Parents/carers, teachers, anyone supporting the learning of children today need to ensure they are up-to-date with new technologies and actively look for resources to help ensure that children are using technology, including the internet, safely. There is lots of information out there and some ideas on how you can support your child in this area can be found on the Computing page.