Rewarding learning, achievement and a positive approach to behaviour at St Mary’s CE Primary School

Information for Parents and carers – How St Mary’s CE Primary School rewards and encourages good learning and behaviour.

At St Mary’s we believe that all children can behave well, and for good learning to take place every day standards of behaviour must be consistently good. We pride ourselves in offering a safe and positive environment where children feel valued and listened to and thus are able to learn and grow.

However, children need to see examples of good behaviour, whether it is for social purposes or learning.  As a school we are able to support children and encourage them to make good choices by having strong systems and role models in place. Children need to be able to see cause and effect; and that good and consistent behaviour is rewarded and negative behaviour has consequences.

We have been trialing an adapted version of the widely used ‘Good to be Green’ to really good effect. From September 2011 we will be adopting this as our main ‘behaviour’ programme.

In addition to ‘Good to be Green’ St Mary’s children are able to work towards other rewards. We feel it is very important to separate, to some degree, rewards for behaviour and learning.

This programme will be run at both Church Lane and Rectory Gardens, and as such eases transition and brings continuity to the children’s learning journey.

Star of the Week

For learning and achievement we have a weekly ‘Star of the Week Book’. On a Monday at Church Land and on Friday at Rectory gardens, each class teacher nominates four children for inclusion in the Star of the Week book for achievement or progress in their learning the previous week.

One Child from each class will also be chosen as a ‘Golden Bagger’ for exceptional learning achievements. This is celebrated in the assembly where each child is asked to come to the front to receive a Headteachers sticker and they will get a certificate on the star of the week board. Their achievements are shared with the rest of the school and the ‘Golden Bagger’ can choose a small gift from the Golden Bag.

A record is kept of all children so that no child slips through the net and all children have their achievements celebrated.

‘Good to be Green’ is used to help children monitor and control their own behaviour. The aim is to stay on ‘Green’ every day.

For children who generally behave well all the time and ‘staying on green’ is routine the incentive to continue is built in.

Staff are able to utilise Bronze, Silver and Gold colours to reward continuous good behaviour or specific acts of kindness, support or friendship. These colours have been coveted and the children themselves make a great deal of fuss whenever some one moves up to Bronze, Silver or Gold.

If a child gains Gold and keeps it until the end of the day they are sent to the Headteacher or the Deputy Headteacher and their name is put in the book of Gold.

The following system applies:

Over a term if a child’s name is entered into the book of Gold

Once– Phone call home

Twice – Letter home

Three times – parents/carers asked if they would like to attend one of our Monday celebration assemblies

Negative Behaviour

If there is negative behaviour this can be highlighted by asking a child to ‘go down a colour to yellow’ which in effect is a warning, the aim then is for the child to turn things around very quickly and go back to Green by stopping the negative behaviour or adjusting their behaviour to the accepted standard.

If negative behaviour continues children may be asked to move down another colour to Red. Again it is hoped that the child will rectify the issue quickly and work back up to green . If this is not the case, or the behaviour is considered to be of a more serious or concerning nature there will be intervention from the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher and the child’s name will be put in the behaviour book, this will be followed up with a phone call to parents or carers.

 The following system applies:

Over a term if a child name is entered into the behaviour book

Once– Phone-call home

Twice– letter goes home and on the child’s file

Three times – parents carers are asked to attend a behaviour review meeting

It is important to stress that EVERY day we ALL start on Green no matter what has happened the day before and our aim is to stay on green.  Any negative behaviour has consequences but this can be put right quickly and things do not spiral downwards leaving children feeling powerless to put things right.

Good to be Green does not focus only on the negative.  Over the trial period we have found that the system works exceptionally well and that the children are clear about how it works and feel that it is fair and transparent. They know what to do if they have a hiccup in their behaviour and they know that good and consistent behaviour will be rewarded. It helps children to manage themselves and have responsibility for their behaviour so that they can make good choices and the most of the opportunities that are presented to them.

We hope that families will be supportive of this policy and as always we welcome any comments or feedback. Our school and the children’s success relies heavily in us working in close partnership.