The school has a wide-variety of strategies that can be used to help children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Your child's class teacher, the Behaviour Mentor, the SENCO, Inclusion Worker or the Principal will discuss these with you.
We have a Positive Playtimes Policy to ensure that playtime, which can be a challenging time for children with these difficulties, is well managed and supervised, with a range of different activities on offer for the children to engage in.
If your child has difficulty with friendships or other social aspects of school the following strategies may be discussed with you:
If your child is experiencing emotional difficulties the following strategies might be offered:
Some children need more help than others to achieve the behavioural expectations of the school. We have a clear Behaviour Policy (see the Policy section on the website), which children are well aware of and all staff adhere to. Rewards and sanctions are administered as fairly and calmly as possible. Children’s successes are celebrated (through rewards such as house points and the weekly Celebration Assembly) and a clear set of sanctions is imposed if a child’s behaviour doesn’t meet our standards.
Teachers have a wide range of behavioural techniques to encourage children to behave appropriately, with an emphasis on positive behaviour management strategies such as: praising a child nearby who is doing the right thing; setting small achievable goals (such as not calling out for five minutes) and rewarding the achievement of them; reward charts for specific behaviours and keeping children active and interested in lessons.
Some children need more individualised support strategies, such as visual timetables, visual choice boards, reward and countdown charts, fiddle toys, sensory breaks, sitting spots for the carpet and ‘privacy boards’ (boards that can be put round a child’s working space to minimise distractions).
A few children may need 1:1 adult support in the classroom or playground to administer these strategies and to help them to follow the behavioural rules.
Children who are going through a phase of frequently being in trouble for low-level disruptive behaviour in class and are triggering a number of detentions may be put on a Report Card, administered by the Behaviour Mentor. This card is filled in by the teacher after every lesson and discussed with the Behaviour Mentor every day.
The school offers a lunchtime provision called the Zone, where children have a supervised and safe place to play at lunchtime, closely supervised by adults. Children who are having difficulty managing their behaviour during lunchtime play may be asked to attend this provision for a period of time or for certain days of the week.
A child who really struggles with their behaviour may have a Positive Behaviour Plan. This involves a meeting with all staff involved and often the parents, to identify the triggers for inappropriate behaviour and draw up a plan for how to respond to these behaviours.
Referral to the Primary School Social, Emotional and Mental Health Team might be suggested if the child’s behaviour does not improve with the use of these strategies. This referral will be discussed with the child’s parents first.