Behaviour

Behaviour Management Policy

2011

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS, STAFF AND PARENTS

Students have a right to

Students have a responsibility to

  • learn in a purposeful and supportive environment.
  • work and play in a safe, secure, friendly and clean environment.
  • respect, courtesy and honesty.
  • equal treatment regardless of status, race, gender or physical ability.

  • ensure that their behaviour is not disruptive to the learning of others.
  • ensure that the learning environment is kept neat, tidy and safe.
  • ensure that they are punctual, polite and prepared.
  • demonstrate respect, courtesy and honesty.
  • behave in a way that protects the rights, safety and well-being of others.

 

Staff have a right to

Staff have a responsibility to

 

  • respect, courtesy and honesty.
  • teach in a safe, secure and clean environment.
  • teach in a purposeful and non-disruptive environment.
  • cooperation and support from parents in matters relating to their children’s education.
  • make students and parents aware of these policies.
  • model respectful, courteous and honest behaviour.
  • make students and parents aware of these policies.
  • model respectful, courteous and honest behaviour.
  • ensure that the learning environment is kept neat, tidy and safe.
  • establish positive relationships with students, staff and parents.
  • ensure good organisation and planning.
  • report students’ progress to parents.

 

Parents have a right to

Parents have a responsibility to

  • be informed of course and curriculum material, behaviour management procedures and decisions affecting their child’s health and welfare.
  • be informed of their child’s progress.
  • be heard in an appropriate forum on matters related to the rights of their child to an appropriate education.
  • co-operation and support from teachers in matters relating to their child’s education.
  • ensure that their child attends school regularly and punctually.
  • ensure that the physical and emotional condition of their child is appropriate for effective learning.
  • ensure that their child is provided with the correct materials to make effective use of the learning environment
  • support the school in providing an appropriate education for their children.

 

STUDENT BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT  POLICY 2011

Rationale:

The policy is to be used as a framework of behaviour management which is able to be used effectively and positively to develop appropriate behaviour and high quality positive relationships between teachers, students and parents characterised by a sense of belonging, trust, mutual respect and tolerance.

  1. 1. GOALS:
  • Children will learn to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
  • Children will develop respect for the rights of others and their property.

  1. 2. CODE OF BEHAVIOUR:

We demonstrate respect, courtesy and consideration for others.

  • We are polite, punctual, prepared and display a positive manner.
  • We don’t give “put downs”.
  • We follow instructions.
  • We do not disrupt the learning of others.
  • We walk quietly and sensibly around the school when others are working.
  • We play sensibly and safely.
  • We show tolerance towards others.
  • We don’t fight, bully or tease.

We respect personal possessions and school property.

  • We are responsible for school and personal property.
  • We do not interfere with, damage or steal school or other’s property.

We maintain a clean, healthy and orderly school environment.

  • We keep our grounds and buildings neat and tidy.
  • We don’t litter our school
  • We sit in the correct areas whilst eating.

Routines

  • Follow instructions immediately.
  • Respect your own property and that of others and the school.
  • Keep your hands feet and objects to yourself.
  • Be courteous towards everyone at all times.
  • No play outside the classroom before first siren or after school.
  • Must play in prescribed areas.
  • Bikes,skateboards, rollerblades etc must not be ridden in the school yard.
  • Enter classrooms / blocks only when a teacher is present.
  • Food brought from home should be eaten on seats outside the classroom.
  • No Hat Play in Shade. All year.
  • Walking only on paved areas.
  • Put litter in the bin.
  • Students are to hand in mobile phones to the class teacher for safe keeping on arrival at school. They will be returned at 3pm.

GUIDELINES FOR CONTACT AND COLLABORATION WITH PARENTS

Parents need to be informed and involved before student misbehaviour becomes serious. It is advisable to involve parents as early as possible in the Behaviour Management process. Aim to have no surprises for parents.

Guidelines for Teachers:

  • Inform parents when you determine student behaviour is becoming serious.
  • Inform the administration ( Principal or Deputies) if contact is made with parents.
  • Meet with parents in a case conference as appropriate.
  • Ensure serious misbehaviour is documented and details are forwarded to the deputy.
  • Use school administrators as sounding boards for concerns about behaviour and expect support when working with parents.
  • Through the Principal or Deputies, engage district support services when appropriate.
  • Document parent contact and case conferences.

Guidelines for the Administration Team: Principal and Deputies

  • Support teachers in their work with parents.
  • Provide or facilitate professional development for staff as needed.
  • Contact parents about behaviour issues as they are identified by staff.
  • At weekly admin team meetings, discuss strategies for behaviour management for students who are at severe behavioural risk.
  • Case Conference with parents and support services.
  • Engage support services to support staff, students and parents.
  • Ensure parent contact and case conferences are documented and placed on the student’s personal file.

GUIDELINES FOR RECORDING / USE OF FORMS / COPIES OF FORMS

The Management of Student Behaviour requires school staff to document breaches of the school Behaviour Management Policy.  Records of breaches, (Copies of Greenslip/Thinkspot) which have been referred to school administrators, will be entered on students’ personal file on Integris by the school administration. Classroom level breaches are to be filed securely by classroom teachers.

For Teachers:

Withdrawal Notice: (Green slip) is sent to the office with the student indicating that the student has already been through ALL the “Classroom Consequences” including being sent to the  ‘buddy class’ where a Student Think Spot Sheet was completed and has now offended gain.  NOTE: work needs to be provided. The student “Think Spot Sheet” must be sent home for the parent to sign and return. Students who need to be sent to their Buddy Class must have the incident recorded by the class teacher on SIS.

All children who are given a Green slip require the teacher to enter the information on SIS.   The Administration may decide to generated a SIS  letter that is to be sent home to the parent. This will depend on the misdemeanour.  The SIS letter is also to be signed by the parent and returned.

Student Think Sheet:

There are different “Think Spot” sheets for junior and upper students that can be used at any stage of the BM policy. ALL Think Spot sheets completed should be sent home for a parent signature.

Record of Interview/Telephone Conversation:

To be used when necessary during contact with parents/caregivers.

Record of Case Conference:

To be used when a teacher sets up a specific conference with parents and/or other support staff.

Detention After School Letter to Parents : If this is a strategy you choose to use in your classroom, a  blanket letter will need to be sent home to parents outlining the possibility of after school detention. A return slip will be provided for parents that do not under any circumstances wish to have their children retained after school.  Administration need to be informed.

Positive Behaviour Letter to parents: Attached at end of policy

Individual Behaviour Management Plan (IBMP or IBP): These plans are generally developed for students who are returning from suspension.  They may also be developed for students with ongoing behavioural issues.

For School Administrators: Principal or Deputies

In-School Suspension:

Involves the Administration Team, in consultation with the Class Teacher, deciding that a student will be placed in isolation. Parents will be informed. The classroom teacher will provide work for the student to complete while on suspension.

The student will eat lunch in the place of suspension and be given a break supervised by the admin team, after the usual break time.

  1. 3. STRATEGIES:
  • · Expectations regarding behaviour are explained to the students by class teachers at the beginning of each term – review the “Rights and Responsibilities” sheet.
  • · Every teacher, including specialists, will maintain a positive reward system based on individual points, group points or class points.
  • · Support/Specialist teachers work in conjunction with class teachers to support classroom positive reward system where appropriate.
  • · Rules, consequences and reward charts on display in all classrooms.

IMPORTANT NOTE – RE -  EXCURSIONS INCURSIONS CARNIVALS

Teachers and administrators can, in collaboration, withdraw a student from any excursion or incursion if they feel that the student cannot be trusted in public to represent the school. This may happen at any stage of the BMIS policy at the discretion of the principal.

NOTE: When the safety and dignity of any person is threatened, “fast tracking” may be implemented. Use either the RED or GREEN slip.


SCHOOL RULES

1.                     Follow instructions promptly

2.                     Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.

3.                     Respect your own property and that of the school and others.

4. Be courteous towards others at all times

CLASSROOM CONSEQUENCES

  • · RULE REMINDER
  • · WARNING
  • · NAME ON BOARD

X Warning on the consequences of continuing inappropriate behaviour (5 minutes resolution time in class at recess, lunch-time or after school if teacher feels is needed)

XX Second warning on consequences of inappropriate behaviour (10 minutes at withdrawal desk in class completing and/or 10 minutes resolution time in next break, or after school if teacher feels it is needed.)

XXX Student is sent to the buddy class with sufficient work for the period of time (This will include a think spot sheet). (This could be backed up with student in resolution time in next break or after school).

If a child returning from buddy class re offends, they should be referred to Administration immediately via a green slip.

When the safety of a student or teacher is threatened or serious damage to equipment and/or resources are evident or the child refuses to attend buddy class then “Fast Tracking” to Admin is necessary. Either by phone or Red Card

If the strategies above do not have any effect on the child’s demonstrated behaviours then refer the child to Admin with sufficient documentation for Admin to follow up. This may mean withdrawal for remainder of day, recess/lunch detention, loss of class privileges etc. (Parents Informed)

Crosses cannot be rubbed off due to change in behaviour.  Students must understand that the consequences must be carried through and cannot be worked off during the day.

When handing over classes,  please inform the teacher of any major misdemeanours.

OTHER:

  • When the safety and dignity of any person is threatened, “fast tracking” may be implemented.
  • Support /Specialist teachers need to implement their own behaviour strategies and records. In line with the school policy.

PLAYGROUND

Consequences for inappropriate behaviour

  1. 1. Rule reminder.
  2. 2. Warning  -  a verbal warning is given individually to a student who has not followed instructions.
  3. 3. Minor infringements should be dealt with “on the spot” at duty teacher’s discretion.
  4. 4. If a child is threatening the safety of others or is demonstrating extreme inappropriate behaviour then playground withdrawal may be necessary. Bring the child directly to a safe place and notify admin.

SUSPENSION:

  • · A student who persistently offends within the framework of the school discipline policy may be suspended.  These children may also lose the privilege of attending reward days, camps, excursions, incursions and inter-school sport.
  • · A student who is abusive to a staff member or who physically endangers the safety of a staff member or a student who initiates physical fights with other students or who leaves the school grounds without permission may face suspension.
  • · Length of suspension will differ according to the severity of the offence. Suspensions to be monitored by admin staff to ensure consistency and due regard for individual circumstances.

  • · Once suspension has been decided upon whether it has originated from the playground or the classroom that child will not be a part of any classroom or school activities for the remainder of that day. After a suspension the child and parents will negotiate the terms on which the child is placed back in the classroom.

  • · Admin staff will liaise with parents when suspension occurs to discuss the student's behaviour and avenues of help. Teachers to be included in this process.

  • · For extreme cases an Individual Behaviour Management Plan will be put in place.

POSITIVE CONSEQUENCES

As part of the positive reinforcement policy, the "Faction Point" system operates to reward children for desirable behaviour outside or inside the classroom situation. Children write their name and faction on the card and deposit it in the Faction Box outside the library.

 

1.         A fortnightly raffle will give 6 card holders an icy pole.

2.         Faction points awarded on basis of 1 point for each Faction card won.

3.         Faction points are announced by the Faction captains at each fortnightly

assembly.

4.         The winning faction for each term receives a prize (eg ice cream, extra playtime). This is negotiated between the Faction Captains and the Principal.

5.        Give out “Care Bears” at assemblies.

6          Give out Kid Matters certificates at assemblies.

Emergency Support

RED CARD

2 red laminated cards are available in the teachers desk in each room and in each duty bag. These are used in an emergency situation when you need an Admin person to come to the class room in a hurry.

In the event of an emergency

  1. 1. Keep the children calm
  2. 2. Have one child run to the office with a red card.
  3. 3. Have another child take the second red card to an adjoining classroom.
  4. 4. Teachers receiving a red card should offer immediate support.

POLICY APPRAISAL:

On-going monitoring and an annual review will take place to ensure commitment to the policy.

Major alterations from the 2010 policy include –

a) Teacher responsibility to enter behaviours on SIS for buddy class and Withdrawal Notices.

b) 4 warnings before the Buddy Class ( 2 verbal and 2 crosses) All crosses have a consequence.

c) Re-defining Buddy Class, Green Slips and Think Spot Sheet

d) Isolation in the office after Buddy Class and completion of the Think Spot Sheet. Green Withdrawal note to come to the office with Think Spot sheet and work to complete

e) Think Spot sheet altered for parent response.

f) Office withdrawal time increased to either 30 or 60 minutes.

g) Re-defining the role of admin for letters sent home and SIS.

h) Deletion of the Gold Card. Added positive incentives – Kid Matters, Care Bear.

i) Red Card included in the policy

Thinking Spot

Please complete everything in the box.

Your Name: ____________________________

Your Teacher’s Name: ____________________

Today’s Date: ______________

1. What do I need to stop doing?

2. Who is my behaviour affecting?

3.         What do I need to start doing?

Teacher’s Comment:

__________________________________________________________________

(Student’s Signature)_______________________

(Teacher’s Signature)_______________________

Spare copies of these sheets are available in the staffroom (In pigeon holes).

q                  I acknowledge receipt of my child’s “Think Spot”  letter.

q                  I acknowledge receipt of my child’s “Think Spot”  letter and would like to arrange an appointment to discuss  my child’s behaviour. ( School Phone Number 9523 2335)

_________________________              _________________________

Parent / Caregiver Signature                                     Date

Thinking Spot

Your Name: ________________________Today’s Date: ______________

Draw what you need to stop doing.                 Draw who your behaviour was affecting

Draw what you need to start doing.                Draw what you need to do to make everyone

happy again.

Teacher’s Comment:

___________________________________________________________________

(Student’s Signature)_______________________

(Teacher’s Signature)_______________________

q                  I acknowledge receipt of my child’s “Think Spot”  letter.

q                  I acknowledge receipt of my child’s “Think Spot”  letter and would like to arrange an appointment to discuss  my child’s behaviour. ( School Phone Number 9523 2335)

_________________________              _________________________

Parent / Caregiver Signature                                     Date

RED CARD

IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUIRED BY ANY PERSON RECEIVING THIS CARD

Teachers Name

………………………..

Room No …………….

WITHDRAWAL NOTICE

Name: _______________________

Room No _____  Date: ___________

Has X X X , been sent to the buddy class  and is to be withdrawn for:

[    ]    30 minutes

[    ]    60 minutes

Work must accompany child.

Comment:__________________________________

___________________________________________

___________________________________________

___________________________________________

___________________________________________

Notice only          Admin Required

WITHDRAWAL NOTICE