Pupils behave very well in lessons and 'work hard to improve their work....' Ofsted 2017
Behaviour and Restorative Practices
At Eastergate CE Primary School, we believe that we have a duty to develop the whole child, socially, emotionally, academically, physically and spiritually. We want our children to develop a sound understanding of what is right and wrong to be able to make decisions in later life. Children also need to understand that their actions have consequences for others and that they are responsible for their own behaviour.
We expect high standards of behaviour both in the classroom and on the playground, and we have school rules that are based on principles that are general and far reaching rather than being specific to school. We believe that catching children being good and rewarding good behaviour is a positive and successful way of promoting expectations for behaviour. When we refer to behaviour we use positive terminology. The aim of our policy is to promote a happy, caring and secure school environment, through a clear code of conduct which children, parents and staff understand and support.
Every class has developed a code of conduct with their class teacher. The school council worked together to develop seven ‘golden rules’ from the class codes of conduct. These are:
• Always show respect
• Listen to each other
• Say kind things
• Always try your best
• If you make a mistake, you can learn from it
• Take responsibility for your own learning
• Enjoy working hard together
We also acknowledge that sometimes children make the wrong choices and we are developing ‘Restorative Practices’ at Eastergate CE Primary School. This is to help children to recognise that all of their activities affect others and that they are responsible for their choices and actions and they can be held accountable for them. Our approach aims to enable children to reflect on how they interact with each other and consider how best to prevent harm and conflict.
Restorative conversations help children to develop the skills to communicate with each other, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
We hope that ‘Restorative Practices’ linked to our British values, will encourage children to develop life-long skills and understanding that will prepare them for life beyond their time at Eastergate CE Primary School.