Children learn best in a safe, secure and positive environment and staff, parents and children all have a role to play in creating and supporting such settings. Each child has the right to expect courtesy and respect and, in turn, has a responsibility to respond similarly to their peers and to all adults within the school.
St Augustine’s Primary seeks to establish and maintain high standards of behaviour across all stages of the school. A strong emphasis is placed on the recognition, encouragement and rewarding of positive behaviour through Pupil of the Week certificates, the House system and on-going, daily use of praise by all members of staff. At times, sanctions may need to be applied to children who do not respond to the school’s positive behaviour strategies and who find themselves falling below the standards of behaviour and conduct expected within the school. In order to be effective, these sanctions are applied fairly and consistently across the whole school community.
At St Augustine’s Primary we aim to encourage all children to apply, learn and achieve. Children are regularly reminded to try their best in all aspects of their work and in their contribution to the life of the school. This includes being respectful towards others and to the school.
Staff work with children to create a Class Charter that encapsulates rules that reflect the aim of being respectful and promoting a safe and productive learning environment for all.
Engaging learning activities, appropriately differentiated work, good classroom organisation and effective teaching methods are key to keeping pupils engaged and motivated and to maintaining good behaviour. Classrooms within St Augustine’s are organised to promote order and minimise disruption and anxiety. They also aim to be stimulating environments which develop independence and initiative. Staff work hard to ensure all displays are current and lively and help develop self-esteem through pupils’ contributions being recognised, displayed and valued.
Each week, Class Teachers will nominate a pupil from their class to be awarded a Pupil of the Week certificate at assembly. This can be given for positive behaviour, excellent work, improvement in a given area, outstanding manners, good effort, etc. The reason for the award being given will be written on the certificate
There are four Houses in St Augustine’s: West End, Drumpellier, Monklands and Summerlee. Children can be awarded House points for good manners, good behaviour and effort both in and out with the classroom. Points are added up each week and the House trophy is awarded at assembly. The overall winning House each term receives a special reward.
Pupil of the Week and House Winners are announced at assemblies and on the school blog.
Class Teachers are encouraged to send pupils who have completed a task to an excellent standard along to the Head Teacher to receive a Head Teacher’s award. All pupils within the school have regular opportunities to share their work with their peers, at assemblies, parents and Senior Management. Senior management regularly review pupil work and leave a comment in jotters.
In addition to the whole-school rewards system, individual Class Teachers are free to use their own rewards strategies such as group points and stickers.
The school operates a 6 point system to manage pupil behaviour and these are on display and shared with pupils.
Sanctions are as follows:
-step 1: child issued a verbal warning
-step 2: child issued a second verbal warning and presented with an amber warning card
-step 3: child issued with a red warning card and a loss of house points
-step 4: child is located to another seat within the class to re-focus on their learning. Behaviour recorded in Green log sheet.
-step 5: child is sent to Senior Management-incident recorded on behaviour log and Head Teacher informed that stage 5 has been reached
-step 6: child is sent to Head Teacher who will contact parents to arrange a meeting to discuss behaviour and to set agreed targets for improvement.
Class teacher will inform Senior Mnanagement Team whenever a child reaches stage 3 or more, twice in the same week.