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Behaviour support


All behaviour is a form of communication, and we recognise that some behaviours can be a barrier to learning and we support learners appropriately. Therefore, within daily school life and documents, ‘behaviour’ is referred to as one of the learners’ ‘Barriers to Learning’.

How do you support learners?

We believe that all people should be valued equally and treated with courtesy and respect. The school believes that it is important to create an environment which promotes and encourages a shared responsibility for ensuring that this takes place.

Whilst we have a whole school reward system, we support all learners individually as they require and adapt our classrooms and provision to meet their needs. Learners are predominantly grouped into needs-based classes and supported by a high staff:learner ratio. 

We encourage all learners to be as independent as possible, to develop emotional literacy, know different emotions, recognising them in yourself and others and know how to manage these appropriately, as well as to develop appropriate ways to communicate. The school strives for everyone within the community to have a growth mindset.

At the core of our beliefs is that all behaviour is a form of communication. Identifying the feeling that a learner is experiencing, prior to displaying the behaviour, is key to identifying the purpose of their behaviour.

For many learners, this requires individual Barriers to Learning plans (an example of these can be downloaded below. For some learners, we also have Positive Handling Plans if we feel we may need to use reasonable force to reduce the risk of harm to themselves or others. 

How do you support families?

We recognise that for our learners to progress, school and home must work together. We encourage our families to take an active role in the planning and reviewing of individual plans, identifying the main area of priority. Termly parental progress meetings are arranged to facilitate the planning and reviewing of individual plans alongside other pertinent progress information. 

Parental workshops are also offered to help families develop their understanding of what behaviour is and how they can best support their child. 

Who can help me?

In school, the class teacher is responsible for the general welfare and behaviour of individual learners. All staff are kept informed within school of any incidents of unacceptable behaviour. Activities for which a learner can be praised and rewarded will be made known through certificate assemblies. The class teacher has day to day contact with parents regarding individual learners, and this can be through telephone calls, letters home, a home/school book or via email.

Families can also seek support from our Behaviour Team:

Behaviour Lead is Assistant Headteacher: Mark H.

He is closely supported by Charlotte K and James M.

If you would like support in the home with behaviour, please contact the office on 01706 764451 and leave a message for any of the staff members above. For more information, our Behaviour policies can be found by clicking here.