Behaviour at Princethorpe
At Princethorpe Schools, we strive to create a culture that values kindness and empathy where exceptional behaviour is expected: for learning and for life. We aim to establish a school with a calm, purposeful atmosphere in which pupils feel secure, respected and can learn without limits. Our approach to behaviour derives from the work of Paul Dix and is steeped in research.
We have three school rules:
Each day, all members of staff promise to:
- Meet and greet your children happily and cheerfully.
- Give our first attention to the best conduct.
- Build calm and caring relationships with your child.
- Take an interest in your child.
To ensure that all children are safe, respected and ready to learn, we ask all of our school community to follow our 'Relentless Routines'.
- Look out for and follow the adult's hand signals for 'stop'.
- Adults will give five seconds before asking for 'Eyes on me', so that children can complete their task first.
- Show 'Fantastic Walking' around school, so that we can keep everyone safe.
- Demonstrate 'Legendary Lining Up' when they are waiting, to show that they are ready.
- Whisper, when working or in corridors so as not to disturb others when they are learning - this is respectful.
Adults will look for children to reward who go over and above with their effort with behaviour, learning and following our values. Our recognition and rewards are:
- Name on Recognition Board (this can happen many times a day).
- Phone calls home.
- Public praise.
- Praise from members of the Senior Leadership Team.
- A quiet word.
- Messages sent home.
- Mentions during assembly.
- Mentions in the newsletter.
- Praise from their peers.
From time to time, children may need some help with following our school rules. All staff will follow the same stepped sanctions and will use the same 'restorative questions' and 'micro script to ensure that children are treated consistently, fairly and equally.
Our approach is restorative.
All adults have been trained to ensure that misbehaviour is dealt with calmly, assertively and without judgement. Our aim is to redirect children back into learning at the earliest possible opportunity, and without feeling shame for the behaviour they have demonstrated. Children are offered take up time and are given time to self- regulate before restorative conversations about behaviour take place. We know that children who are calm and feel safe will be more open to learning about how they might improve their behaviour.
To ensure consistency, our staff will follow this flowchart, when working with children who choose not to follow our school rules.