At Kingsmead we take pride in the high standards of good behaviour that our children exhibit in and around the school. We believe that good behaviour and respect for each other and our surroundings ensure a calm and productive atmosphere in which to learn. In order to achieve this the school has operated a system called "Stay on Green" since 2005 this system ensures that children are rewarded for good behaviour and that positive behaviour management techniques are used consistently by all staff.
We have very high expectations concerning behaviour and hope to develop children’s understanding of the impact of choices they make, whether positive or negative.
Good behaviour and achievement is not automatically learned. Instead, positive behaviours must be modelled, explained, taught, supported and recognised. The expectations are designed to focus on positive action (I like the way you are walking sensibly) rather than what children should not do (do not run). The expectations are agreed actions so that there is consistency and fairness in all areas of school life. Kingsmead positive behaviour language is used by all staff to reinforce the approval of children doing the right thing and not to constantly address those who do not.
All children are encouraged to 'stay on green' and are rewarded for doing so with golden time at the end of the week. For those who do not do the right thing there are a series of warnings and sanctions that aim to allow them to correct their bad behaviour and make better choices next time
The ‘school rules’ are displayed in all classrooms and communal areas and each classroom, learning space will have stay on green charts which show at any point on any day how each child is doing. Each child has an individual pocket with their name on it. Broadly speaking this is the system that operates school wide although their are slightly differing systems in place for children of different ages. The aim is to keep a green card in the pocket.
If a child has had a verbal warning from a teacher and not improved their behaviour they will be put on a blue card where the aim is to be moved back to green in order to earn your golden time, according to age they will then spend 5 minutes on the class time out chair.
If on return to the class activity the child still continues with the behaviour they will be put on a yellow card which means time out in another class.
The final stage of sanction if a child fails to correct their behaviour would be a red card at which point the headteacher or deputy head are involved. The senior leader will write a letter home to the parent and record details of the incident in a central record. All red cards are analysed on a termly basis and patterns of certain types of behaviour are collated and used to inform ongoing practice, inclusion support and curriculum practice for that individual. Three red cards means a meeting with parents and child is held and six red cards means a one day exclusion from school.
The majority of children do not get a red card at any point in their school career. Those that do will receive behaviour support from our learning mentor and possible have a behaviour support plan in place.
In cases of violence or extreme behaviour that puts staff, children or the child themselves at risk, the child will go straight to a red card without going through the system. The ultimate sanction is exclusion from school for a period of days(temporary exclusion) or permanently. There have been no more than 5 temporary exclusions per year in the last three years and no permanent exclusions at Kingsmead for over 6 years.
Rewards for good behaviour and attitude to learning are many and varied. They begin with praise and are reinforced with stickers, certificates, postcards home, phone calls from the teacher and whole school recognition in the form of a golden award. Golden awards are given every Friday in assembly, the child receives a certificate, a medal and a golden leaf is placed on the golden tree in the playground with the child's name on it. There are whole class rewards when classes fill a button jar or achieve a specific target and these are rewarded with a class picnic, cinema trip or other treat chosen by the class.
Everyone is responsible for behaviour of all children and all adults should reinforce the rules whenever appropriate, every parent signs the home school agreement on their child's entry to the school.
The assembly programme supports the school’s golden expectations and they are discussed in both the PSHCE, and SEAL curriculum.