Behaviour Policy

Updated November 2017

At Mabel Prichard School the children and adults respect, care for, understand and tolerate all others.


  1. The whole school community including pupils, staff, governors, parents/carers and families to share common values.
  1. The whole community including pupils, staff, governors, parents/carers and families to feel valued, safe, respected and heard.
  1. To enable all children to reach their full potential.
  1. To create a positive learning environment to enable the work of the school to be purposeful and meaningful.
  1. The whole school community to be committed to life long learning as a means of promoting self worth and self-esteem.
  1. All pupils and staff will be treated fairly and equally irrespective of gender, race, religion, culture and ability.
  1. The school to work closely with the wider community including local schools, places of worship and employers.

Rights and Responsibilities

Staff, Governors and pupils have both the right and the responsibility to:-

  • respect each other
  • act in a fair and honest manner
  • have care and consideration for others
  • treat everyone equally irrespective of their colour, race, religion, culture and ability
  • listen to each other and to be heard
  • feel safe and have regard to the emotional and physical well-being of others
  • preserve the dignity of the individual in all circumstances

Wherever possible pupils are expected to:-

  • respect each other’s right to learn and be in an atmosphere conducive to learning
  • have the responsibility to contribute towards a positive atmosphere for learning

Code of Conduct

Wherever possible all children and staff/visitors are encouraged to:-

  • look after their own belongings and those of others
  • be respectful of each other’s working and personal space
  • move round the school with thought for others
  • treat others as you would want to be treated yourself
  • listen and attend to other people’s needs in all respects of school life
  • knock before entering a room
  • wherever possible, all children staff and governors are encouraged to set a good example when off the school site to enhance the school’s reputation

Strategies to promote and support positive behaviours

Mabel Prichard School aims to recognise and develop the appropriate behaviour of pupils, to encourage them to play a responsible role within the school and wider community by:-

  • the whole school following a Values Education programme.
  • creating a school council made up of staff and student representatives from all classes
  • acknowledging positive behaviour e.g. specific positive reinforcement, celebrating achievement, recognising effort.
  • minimising attention given to bad behaviour
  • encouraging staff to recognise and be good role models
  • providing stimulating teaching and learning environments
  • adopting relevant teaching styles
  • Using appropriate forms of communication for all our students
  • devising individual behaviour programmes for children as and when required
  • preparing pupils to be life long learners
  • consistent handling of behaviour including effective communication with staff/  parents / carers

Stepped guidance to enable pupils to manage their own behaviour

We as staff recognise the inability of some children to be able to manage their own behaviour, subsequently these children will require a degree of intervention using one or some of the following methodologies (not in order of merit):-

  • assess the circumstances and seriousness of an individual pupil’s behaviour e.g. home or school difficulties, medical problems, weather, communication difficulties etc. before proceeding with a particular outcome
  • investigate possible antecedents leading up to a particular behaviour
  • deal with any issues as quickly as possible with the staff concerned
  • removal of privileges
  • involve the SLT member on each site
  • Involve the Headteacher
  • involve the parents / carers
  • involve other professionals
  • use formal behaviour de-escalation techniques e.g. Team Teach

School Philosophy

The school pays due regard to the Children Act 1997 in protecting the rights of children.

The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA helps to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of the school’s ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. A rights-respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practiced, respected, protected and promoted. Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day.

The school pays due regard to DfES circular 10/98

The school aims to prevent children from either hurting themselves, others or damaging school property.

The Nurturing Programme, part of Family Links, is used in school to provide support and strategies for parents and educators. Positive behaviour management, communication and relationship strategies, emotional health and well-being are encouraged to help teachers teach, parents to parent and students to grow into engaged learners with robust self-esteem and confidence.

The school welcomes Oxfordshire’s guidance on “Physical Contact and Intervention 1999”.

The staff work with each child in an individual manner according to the child’s level of understanding and special needs.

The staff use a variety of approaches to promote positive behaviour in children.  We encourage consistent handling of children to ensure parents/carers and school can work together effectively.

All the staff, students and volunteers at Mabel Prichard School need to be well informed, well trained and adopt a consistent approach to promote positive behaviours at home and school.  A close relationship is encouraged between home and school.

Some children have a “behaviour programme” which is shared and developed with parents/carers.

Some of the strategies used at Mabel Prichard School to support positive behaviour:-

  1. Team Teach: All staff are trained in “Team Teach” by an outside professional agency. Team Teach demonstrates certain holds which are safe for the child and staff.
  1. Positive reinforcement:- The majority of children respond well to praise when they have behaved appropriately.  Wherever possible inappropriate behaviours are ignored and encouraged to be exchanged for a more appropriate behaviour.
  1. T.E.A.C.C.H. is an approach used for working with students who have autism, or autistic characteristics, which utilises their strengths to enable them to learn.  T.E.A.C.C.H. aims to provide a structured daily routine which will enable the student to develop a strategy for understanding and predicting the events happening around him or her.
  1. Waldon is a non-verbal method of working when an adult works with a child from behind.  The aim is to enable a child to use their hands and space around them.  The adult will initially hold their hand over the child’s hands progressing to holding their elbows, providing a prompt and eventually to sitting beside the child.  The overall aim is to enable the child to adopt appropriate study skills.
  1. Counselling: Staff will speak with an individual child to help them over come their fears, control their anxiety and/or relax. Staff can seek professional advice from other agencies e.g. The Ark and See Saw after consultation with Social Services with parents / carers.
  1. Outside agencies: The school is able to call upon the support and advice of the Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (E.B.D.) Outreach Team, Social Workers, SENSS, PCAHMS and Education Psychologists.
  1. Reporting and recording: Some children have Risk Assessments - copies are kept in the Headteacher’s office. Some children have Behaviour Management Plans including ABC charts indicating any Physical Intervention – all shared with parents / carers. All incidents of verbal and physical abuse are reported to the LA. All pupil accidents are recorded and reported to parents / carers. All staff accidents are reported to the LA. All forms of Physical Intervention are recorded and stored in the Head’’s office

Please read in conjunction with Physical Intervention Policy