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‘Behaviour in school is inseparable from academic achievement, safety, welfare and well-being, and all other aspects of learning. It is the key to all other aims, and therefore crucial. Its correct direction is equally crucial and should be viewed as an issue of the highest strategic importance. Behaviour does not manage itself, except haphazardly…Success at school remains a key correlate to many metrics of later life success, from earnings to health. A major factor in school success is pupil conduct in the school community. Designing schools where good habits of conduct are encouraged, scaffolded, reinforced and expected, must be one of the key aims of every school leader. There can be few more important endeavours facing us in the world of education, and it is essential that we stay focused on this most valuable prize.’
Creating a Culture: How school leaders can optimise behaviour, Tom Bennett, March 2017
At Barrow Hedges, we seek to create an environment that teaches, expects and celebrates good behaviour. Society expects good behaviour, and it is important for our children’s educational experiences to reflect this. Our children join us with a variety of behaviour patterns based on differences in home values and attitudes. At Barrow Hedges, we strive for a behaviour culture of excellence, based on our core values of ambition, inclusion, kindness, respect and responsibility. This ethos will be achieved through a mixture of high expectations, consistent practices and clarity of culture. We work to ensure that Barrow Hedges is a well-managed school where pupils and staff flourish in safety and dignity.
In accordance with the DfE’s Behaviour in Schools – Advice for Headteachers and School Staff, September 2022, at Barrow Hedges, we believe good behaviour in school is central to a good education. As a school, we recognise that we must manage behaviour well so we can provide a calm, safe and supportive environment, which our children want to attend and where they can learn and thrive. We believe that being taught what good behaviour looks like and how to behave well and appropriately within our school context is vital for all pupils to succeed personally.
We aim to:
Create an environment which encourages and reinforces good behaviour.
Ensure all children feel safe and happy coming to school.
Promote self-esteem, self-discipline and positive relationships.
Provide consistency of response to both positive and negative behaviours.
Define and teach children about acceptable standards of behaviour.
Ensure that the school's expectations and strategies to achieve these are widely known and understood.
Encourage the involvement of both home and school in the implementation
of our policy.