At Cavendish we believe that, in order to facilitate teaching and learning, acceptable behaviour must be demonstrated in all aspects of school life. The school is committed to:
- Promoting desired behaviour.
- Promoting self-esteem, self-discipline, proper regard for authority, and positive relationships based on mutual respect.
- Ensuring equality and fair treatment for all.
- Praising and rewarding good behaviour.
- Challenging and disciplining misbehaviour.
- Providing a safe environment free from disruption, violence, discrimination, bullying and any form of harassment.
- Encourage positive relationships with parents.
- Developing positive relationships with pupils to enable early intervention.
- A shared approach which involves pupils in the implementation of the school's policy and associated procedures.
- Promoting a culture of praise and encouragement in which all pupils can achieve.
To help reduce the likelihood of behavioural issues related to social, emotional or mental health (SEMH), the school will aim to create a safe and calm environment in which positive mental health and wellbeing are promoted and pupils are taught to be resilient. The school will aim to promote resilience as part of a whole-school approach using the following methods:
- Culture, ethos and environment - the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff is promoted through the informal curriculum, including leadership practice, policies, values and attitudes, alongside the social and physical environment.
- Teaching - the curriculum is used to develop pupils' knowledge about health and wellbeing.
- Community engagement - the school proactively engages with parents, outside agencies and the wider community to promote consistent support for pupils' health and wellbeing.
We believe that having high standards of behaviour in school is as important as having good academic and sporting achievements.
Rules and Code of Conduct expectations are positively worded to remind children of what they are supposed to be doing. These rules promote general safety and effective learning in school.
1. We are kind to everyone, both in words and actions.
2. We will show respect and courtesy to all adults and pupils in the school.
3. We will use very quiet voices inside the school building so as not to disturb others.
4. We will walk at all times in the corridors, looking in the direction we are walking.
5. When walking through doorways we wait out turn sensibly if others are there first and we hold doors open for each other.
6. We are considerate and thoughtful at all times, for example by quickly following instructions given by a member of staff and hanging up fallen coats.
Our Caring Classrooms and Peaceful Playgrounds Charter was developed by the school council, with support from the Well-Being Lead and Head of School, to give clear expectations for behaviour.
When dealing with poor behaviour we are careful not to damage a child's self-esteem, making sure that they know that it is the behaviour that is unacceptable and not the child.
When giving rewards to children we always make clear why we are rewarding them. This helps them to learn more about good behaviour and sets and example for other children. We know that effective praise helps the child appreciate how his/her achievement is helped by his/her own attitude. It acknowledges effort, focuses attention on good behaviour and encourages motivation. Rewards we give include: -
- approving looks and smiles.
- individual praise both orally and written in books.
- public praise - in the classroom and in assemblies.
- stickers - for work and for behaviour.
- name in 'Green' traffic light.
- name in 'Gold' traffic light.
- prizes for consistent good behaviour.
- sharing with parents - through the giving of certificates to take home.
- celebrating achievement in assemblies to which parents are invited.
- EPraise points/ Class Reward Systems
'WE STRIVE TO BE IN GOLD BUT IT IS GOOD TO BE GREEN'
DfE Behaviour In School Guidance
DfE Guidance - Searching, Screening and Confiscation