Statement of Behaviour Principles
Under the Education and Inspections Act, 2006, the governing body is charged with the duty to set the framework of the school’s policy by providing a written statement of general principles relating to behaviour and discipline, taking into account the needs of all pupils. This statement will be regularly reviewed.
The purpose of this statement is to give guidance to the head in drawing up the behaviour and discipline policy by stating the principles which governors expect to be followed. The policy aims to underpin the governors’ duty of care to pupils and employees; promote teaching and learning and high standards of attainment and preserve the reputation of the school. The policy is available upon request from the school and can be found on the school’s web site. Both the statement and the policy will be reviewed as part of the regular cycle operated by the governing body.
Our school is a family school – part of the Catholic family of Folkestone. Like any family, it is built on relationships that are loving and caring, though sometimes love needs to be demonstrated by helping people to change their behaviour for the better.
Our approach to behaviour management must never be in conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church. It must always support the school Mission Statement, helping the children to contribute to building God’s kingdom.
We have decided to follow the principles set out in the Supportive Behaviour Management approach.
We believe that effective behaviour management requires the following features:
- A clear approach that everyone understands
- Plenty of rewards for appropriate behaviour
- A system for resolving poor behaviour choices
- Increased support for pupils who have difficulty with their behaviour
We believe that the Golden Rule – ‘do as you would be done by’ – should be at the heart of our approach to promoting good behaviour.
We believe that each member of our community should be treated with equal respect and given equal opportunities regardless of race, gender, age, sexuality, religion or disability. They have the right to feel secure and happy and share the responsibility to make sure that these are the experiences of all members of our community.
The advice, support and training of services such as Behaviour Support or Educational Psychology should be regularly sought to ensure that appropriate provision is available for all pupils and staff. The impact of our policies and practices should be reviewed regularly to make sure we are doing all we can to promote good behaviour from all the children.