We aim to take a positive and proactive approach to supporting our children to develop positive attitudes to learning, which will help to promote positive behaviour.
Promoting Positive Behaviour
Our aim is to ensure that learning is interesting, exciting and motivating and this will in turn support positive behaviours. Our children are self-motivated, respectful, determined and resilient; they want to learn, and they understand that they are valued. Our school rules support children to be intrinsically motivated to want to make the right choices and become active and willing to engage in the learning opportunities on offer. We entrust our children by giving them responsibility both around school and in their learning.
Approach to Behaviour
At Highfields Primary, it is important that every member of the school community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. Our values and culture are built on mutual trust and respect for all. We have high expectations of behaviour and our approach to behaviour is designed to ensure that everyone, children and adults alike, feel safe and happy and have the opportunity to learn, achieve and succeed beyond the expected.
Our school rules are:
We make the right choices by:
- Respecting everyone and everything
- Keeping hands and feet to ourselves
- Looking after ourselves and each other
This is to ensure that everyone, including adults, have the right to:
- feel safe, happy and secure in school at all times
- be able to learn and play without threat or disruption from others
- know that bullying is unacceptable and will be dealt with
- be respected, listened to and treated fairly and sensitively
It is the responsibility of everyone at Highfields Primary to ensure children understand their responsibilities in upholding them. There are clear and consistent high expectations for behaviour. Our staff model the behaviours we expect from the children. Children are involved in discussing behaviours they want in their class and around school in lessons such as PSHE. They discuss issues relating to their behaviour in the future and given opportunities to learn from their mistakes.
It is important that children understand that some behaviours are unacceptable, such as those that affect or threaten the rights of others. When things do go wrong, we seek to support children to take steps to ‘put it right’. We understand that behaviours are manifestations of emotions, and it is our role to find out the reasons behind any negative behaviour, so we can put steps in place to prevent it from happening again.
We take time to listen and talk to children to find out what is going wrong, and support them to Discuss, Reflect and Put it Right, involving families where needed to ensure a joined-up approach. Consequences are used as necessary and are always timely, meaningful, appropriate, and easily understood. Our aim to put things right and restore relationships as quickly as possible.
Children are never humiliated or shamed by adults at Highfields Primary and are reassured that because we may not like aspects of their behaviour, this doesn’t not mean we do not like them.
Some children will need extra support and an individualised approach to behaviour. This may include reasonable adjustments taken for children with SEND.
You can find the link to our Positive Learning Policy on the link below.
At Highfields Primary School we make a commitment to ensure all children are respected and feel safe. Our anti-bullying policy ensures that all our children can learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied.
You can find the link to our Anti-Bullying Policy on the link below.
Our Bully Buster team consists of children from Year 2 to Year 6. They are available to inform children throughout the school about the different forms of bullying, offering advice and support when needed. They have an active role during lunchtimes and playtimes, supporting adults to ensure children feel happy and safe.
Worries or concerns
If you have any worries or concerns about your child experiencing bullying or feeling upset at school, please speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance.
At Highfields, we have four houses which are named after the surrounding streets where most of our children live in the local community. Ironically, they are also the names of Roman gods.
Any member of staff can reward the children with house points. The children can earn house points for a range of reasons; good behaviour, excellent work, setting a good example, supporting others or showing resilience etc.
At the end of the week, house points are calculated and the team winners are announced in the Friday whole school awards assembly.
You can see which house has won the weekly House Point Trophy on the Home Page.
There are some helpful resources online that can give you some information about bullying and what can be done to prevent it.