At Morpeth All Saints CE Aided First School we aim to provide a safe environment where everyone feels valued and respected. We promote Christian values of love and forgiveness so that everyone is supported to live and work together.
This Behaviour for Learning Policy is designed to encourage appropriate behaviour through positive relationships and a structured, engaging curriculum in a school where pupils feel happy safe and secure. It aims to promote good behaviour rather than merely deter anti-social behaviour, so that an ethos of kindness and co-operation is developed. We also aim to encourage children to take responsibility for their own actions, and consider the effect of their actions on both themselves and others around them.
Morpeth All Saints CE Aided First School acknowledge the school’s legal duties under the Equality Act 2010, in respect of safeguarding and in respect of pupils with special educational needs (SEND).
Classroom management, learning and teaching
We have an interesting and appropriate curriculum, accessible to pupils of all abilities. This, supported by high quality assessment, helps pupils to be engaged in their learning. As a school we:-
Teaching of good behaviour
Understanding how to behave has to be taught to our young pupils. Good behaviour is modelled by adults in their interactions with pupils and each other. We recognise that children learn respect by receiving it. As a school we:-
Rewarding good behaviour
Good behaviour is an expectation for all and is rewarded in a number of ways:
Although good behaviour and a cooperative attitude are expected from all pupils at all times, consequences are sometimes needed to reinforce the School Rules when behaviour is not acceptable. These include:-
Sanctions can only be applied by a paid member of staff, and must be reasonable in accordance with disability or SEND.
If a child’s behaviour endangers the safety of others, the adult will stop the activity and may remove the child or the class, informing the head teacher. If poor behaviour is frequent parents will be informed by the use of Home School Diary or a Behaviour Book, as agreed with the parents.
If a child bullies another pupil, the incident will be reported to the head teacher or member of Senior Leadership Team. A record is kept of all such incidents and these are deal with in accordance with the school Anti Bullying Policy.
Roles of adults and pupils
The Governing Body has the responsibility of setting down guidelines on standards of behaviour and reviewing their effectiveness.
The head teacher has the day-to-day authority to implement the Behaviour for Learning Policy.
Teachers and Support Staff in school are expected to accept responsibility for maintaining good behaviour throughout the school. They should have high expectations of the pupils in terms of behaviour and support all children to work to the best of their ability. They should reinforce good behaviour through positive encouragement and praise treat all children fairly with respect and understanding. If a pattern of behaviour emerges the school will consult with outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists, Education Welfare Officers or the LIST team, as needed.
We work in partnership with parents/carers on all aspects of a pupil’s education including their behaviour. We know that good liaison takes time and requires resources. We are active in establishing links and forging positive relationships. We have regular parental meetings and information sessions. We advertise our policies on the website to ensure that harder to reach parents are kept informed. Parents are made aware of the school rules which are re-negotiated with pupils annually. A Home School Agreement should be signed at the beginning of each school year by the parent, pupil and Headteacher to confirm their support.
Behaviour outside the school gate
Teachers have a statutory power to discipline pupils for misbehaving outside the school premises. They may discipline a pupil for any misbehaviour when the child is taking part in any school organised or school related event; travelling to or from school, wearing school uniform or in some other way identifiable as a pupil at the school.
The use of reasonable force
School has a legal duty of care for all pupils. Where a pupil is creating a situation where they are threatening the well-being of others, reasonable force may need to be used to control or restrain them. It will only be used as the final option. Staff will always try to intervene verbally before such use. Where staff fear for their own safety and the student is not responding to a verbal request, help from the head teacher will be requested. The teacher may decide to remove the whole class from the situation rather than use force to remove the pupil, depending on their own professional judgement.
Only the Headteacher has the power to exclude a pupil from school. The Headteacher may exclude a pupil for one or more fixed periods, for up to 45 days in any one school year. The head teacher may also exclude a pupil permanently. If the head teacher excludes a pupil, they inform the parents immediately, giving the reasons for the exclusion. At the same time, the Headteacher makes it clear to the parents that they can, if they wish, appeal against the decision by contacting the Governing Body. The school informs the parents of how to make such an appeal. If the Governing Body’s Appeal Panel decides that a pupil should be re-instated, the head teacher must comply with this ruling. The Headteacher informs the LEA and the Governing Body about any permanent exclusion and about any fixed term exclusions beyond five days in any one term. The Governing Body itself cannot either exclude a pupil or extend the exclusion period made by the head teacher.
Our school is situated in attractive and extensive well maintained grounds in a small housing estate, Lancaster Park, which is north of the town of Morpeth. The school first opened in 1972 and was formerly known as Wansbeck St Aidan Church of England Aided First School until it was renamed in 2001.Read More of the school welcome page