At Wellfield, we recognise that the best way to encourage good behaviour is through a clear code of conduct, reinforced through a balanced system of rewards and sanctions delivered in a positive, caring and fair manner. We believe the good behaviour is essential to ensuring students maximise their potential in all areas of school life and beyond. Our school aims to create an ethos of pupils taking responsibility for their actions and equipping them to make the right choices as they progress on to high school and young adulthood.
In all aspects of learning and school life, staff and students should follow the school motto of WE CARE, showing these important elements at every opportunity:
Wellbeing: To keep ourselves and others around us safe and healthy so that we develop into mature and understanding people. To be able to cooperate with all members of the school community in a polite and positive manner.
Excellence: To be proud of our personal achievements and to aim to produce work of the highest quality. To be able to set high standards and to set ourselves personal goals for improvement. To make the best use of our talents, time and resources.
Community: To demonstrate that we care for both the school community and the wider community. To take responsibility for looking after each other and the environment.
Acceptance: To be able to accept other people and their backgrounds, and respect diversity and difference. To work cooperatively with others to identify issues and find solutions. To resolve conflict peacefully.
Risk: To approach any challenge with a growth mindset and to understand that making mistakes is a key part of learning something new. To give anything a go!
Enterprise: To be innovative and creative with a can-do attitude and a drive to make ideas happen.
2 General Principles
2.1 We place great emphasis on knowing all pupils and showing care and respect for them, with the expectation that this is a reciprocal feature of all who are part of the school community.
2.2 Staff, families, visitors and students are expected to conduct themselves in line with this policy. The abuse of social media and other digital communication is included in the remit of this policy.
2.3 We want to help every student become mature, pleasant and positive young people making a significant contribution to the life of the school and showing a positive example for others to follow.
2.4 We aim to enable every child to reach their full potential academically, socially, emotionally and physically.
2.5 We have clear expectations which are consistently applied by all staff. Within our expectations, we expose our children to the terms ‘opportunity’ and ‘consequence’. Opportunities to change behaviour and consequences as a result of the choice they make (positive or negative).
2.6 We encourage, praise and reward good behaviour.
2.7 We have a clear set of sanctions for breaking the code of conduct, which are consistently applied by all staff.
2.8 We acknowledge that some students have specific needs, including behavioural and emotional needs, and as such need certain adjustments in strategic approach to help them follow the expectations in school.
2.9 We aim to provide all students with opportunities to gain respect for themselves and others, and to embrace the needs, rights, faiths and cultures within and beyond our school community.
3 Expectations of Behaviour
3.1 Parents and carers have a responsibility for their child’s behaviour inside and outside of school. Staff and parents/carers will work together closely to achieve a consistent approach and encourage progress at home and school.
3.2 In order to achieve our common goal of maximised potential in all areas, we expect excellent behaviour from all in our school.
3.3 Classroom code of conduct
- Arrive promptly and fully prepared to learn.
- Enter the classroom quietly and begin work or read your book.
- Respect others and their property.
- Follow staff instructions straight away.
- Engage fully in lessons and try your BEST!
3.4 At Wellfield, staff set an example to others through their own behaviour. To encourage good behaviour for learning staff should:
- Adopt a calm but firm, non-confrontational approach;
- Make expectations and instructions clear, consistent and well-communicated to all students;
- Focus on, and reward, positive behaviours;
- Have high expectations of behaviour.
4 Equal Opportunities, Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding
4.1 Any behaviour which discriminates against others, whether this is because of their race, gender, finances, religion, sexual orientation, or physical or educational capabilities, will be treated as a serious incident.
4.2 If we feel a child’s behaviour is likely to result in them, or others, suffering significant harm, the school’s Safeguarding Policy will be followed.
4.3 Where we feel behaviour is a result of an unmet need, an individualised support plan, offering interventions and strategies, will be introduced. This could result in referral to an outside agency for further support.
5 Rewarding the Positives
5.1 At Wellfield, all staff promote and model good behaviour by ensuring that school expectations are well communicated and understood by all pupils and their parents/carers.
5.2 We teach positive behaviour in a range of ways:
- Visible expectations in lessons;
- Teaching expectations in lessons;
- Targeted work;
- Modelling positive behaviour;
- A curriculum linked to pastoral learning (Be Spirited, cross curricular);
- House Team challenges;
- Responsibility Posts;
- Buddy system;
- Offering a variety of extra-curricular activities.
5.3 We feel rewards are most valuable when they are individualised and meaningful.
5.4 We celebrate positive behaviour and achievement through:
- Phone call home
- Verbal praise
- Note in planner
- Half termly #rewardingexcellence time
- Social media
- Highest house point earners
- Termly star award
- Weekly House Heroes.