Behaviour both inside and outside the classroom is a strength of our school and is something that is commented upon when people come to visit our school or when we are out and about on visits. We have very high expectations of our children and promote a positive, respectful culture where Character Education is a priority and weaved through our curriculum at all levels. Morley Victoria is a safe, calm environment, we have clear routines and expectations across all aspects of school life. Pupils have high levels of self-control and are able to reflect wisely, learn eagerly and behave with integrity. Being polite and well mannered is something we teach the children and expect from each and every one. We also create an environment where they have pride in themselves, in others and in their school.
Each classroom and team within school has rules that children follow – these are written with the help of the children. There are many positive rewards for good behaviour but clear consequences for children not getting their behaviour right. We have great staff and a highly experienced inclusion team who can help and support any child who is having difficulty with their behaviour. We also have the Morley Cluster that we can draw on for support too if needed. We work tirelessly to make sure we have things right in school for each child and always look for alternative strategies to isolation or exclusion.
Morley Victoria Behaviour Principles
- All children, staff and visitors have the right to feel safe at all times at school and procedures should consider the requirements of the Education Act 2002 in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
- Morley Victoria Primary School is an inclusive school. Bullying or harassment of any description is unacceptable. All members of the school community should be free from discrimination of any sort. Measures to protect children should be set out in the Behaviour and Equality policies, reflecting the duties of the Equality Act 2010.
- The Governors believe children should be at the heart of everything that we do at Morley Victoria and that respect and relationships at all levels are vital for a happy, safe and successful school.
- High standards of behaviour are expected. The school rules should be clearly set out in the Behaviour Policy. Class rules are decided upon at the start of every academic year with the teachers and pupils as part of Investors in Pupils. Governors expect these rules to be consistently applied by all staff.
- Governors would like to see a wide range of rewards, consistently and fairly applied in such a way as to encourage and reward good behaviour around school.
- Sanctions for unacceptable/poor behaviour should be known and understood by all staff and pupils, consistently applied and regularly monitored to ensure effective impact.
- It is recognised that the use of rewards and sanctions must have regard to the individual situation and the individual pupil and the Headteachers are expected to use discretion in their use. Sanctions should however be applied fairly, consistently, proportionally and reasonably, taking into account special educational needs and disability and the needs of vulnerable children. Support and assessment from external agencies should be available support as necessary for pupils who display continued disruptive behaviour.
- We believe children should be given opportunities and openly encouraged to support each other in the process of positive reinforcement and personal growth, learning and recognising good behaviour.
- We expect pupils and parents to cooperate to maintain an orderly climate for learning.
- The Governors strongly feel that exclusions, particularly those that are permanent, must only be used as the very last resort.
- The Governors wish to emphasise that violence, threatening behaviour or abuse by pupils or parents towards the school’s staff will not be tolerated. If a parent does not conduct himself/herself properly, the school may ban them from the school premises and, if the parent continues to cause disturbance, he or she may be liable to prosecution.
- The Governors expect the Headteacher to include guidance and clarification for staff on their powers to search (for banned items), to use of reasonable force (make physical contact with children), and to discipline pupils for misbehaviour outside school (including notifying the police) witnessed by a member of staff or reported to school when:
- Taking part in school organised or related activity
- Travelling to or from school
- Wearing school uniform or in some other way identifiable as a pupil