Behaviour and Anti-Bullying
At Bolshaw Primary School, we believe that positive behaviour, both in terms of attitudes to learning and personal conduct and relationships, is a crucial underpinning for learning and success.
Governors are required by law to provide a statement of principles promoting good behaviour. Our School Behaviour Principles have been developed and agreed by the Governing Body after consultation with pupils, parents and staff, and take into account the relevant statutory guidance and related legislation. They underpin our Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policies, which set out in detail the roles, responsibilities and practice in this area.
The Principles reflect and support the school’s four aims and seven core values. The full document may be accessed here, along with the current Behaviour Policy and Anti-Bullying Policy.
Bolshaw Primary School Statement of Behaviour Principles
The purpose of these Principles, and the policies they support, is to promote consistently positive and creative attitudes to learning, and to help to develop our children as motivated, successful, confident independent learners with high levels of resilience, self-belief, aspiration and attainment.
- All members of our community have the right to work, learn and play in a safe, stress-free and caring environment. Pupils are encouraged to have respect for themselves, their peers and adults, for the rights of others and for the school environment, and to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
- All adults should demonstrate genuine care and respect for every child, modelling the quality of relationships and standards of behaviour they expect from the children.
- Our policy ensures fair, honest and consistent treatment for all members of our community, and takes into account the specific needs of individual children, including vulnerable pupils. It supports the school’s commitment to improving outcomes for all pupils, and promotes integrity and equality of opportunity throughout the school.
- Our restorative approach to, and strategies for, behaviour management are clear, consistent and unequivocal. Expectations and boundaries are widely understood. Positive reward and praise are the norm rather than the exception, but, where necessary, sanctions are clear and are applied fairly and consistently.
- The policy demonstrates our commitment to appropriate behaviours and to our school values. Pupils, parents, staff and governors will co-operate in its implementation
What is a Restorative Approach?
A Restorative Approach is one which focusses on the harm caused in an incident, and helps everyone to listen to each other’s point of view and take responsibility to put things right. A Restorative School concentrates on establishing respectful relationships across the whole school community, and takes steps to repair those relationships if things go wrong, so that everyone can move forward.
Have all Staff at Bolshaw School been trained?
Miss Brown (Headteacher) Mrs Vernon (SENCO) and Mrs Gleaves are our restorative Champions and have completed their 3 day Restorative Approaches training with the Local Authority. All teaching staff at Bolshaw Primary School have received some level of Restorative Approaches training and understand the importance of maintaining good relationships, especially when one person or group has caused harm to others. Bolshaw Primary School is part of an authority-wide project to embed Restorative Approaches across the borough.
How do the children know about Restorative Approaches?
Many Primary Schools in Stockport have adopted a Restorative Approach. This year we will be training some Year 5 children to become RA Ambassadors, who will be there to help children maintain friendships and do their best in school.
Children also attend assemblies informing them of Restorative Approaches and how it works and there are display boards around school informing children of who they can approach for help.
All staff use the same language when conflict arises and children know they have the opportunity to repair the relationship when things go wrong.
Will my child be able to access the approach?
If there is an incident or concern in school and your child would like help and support to put things right and make sure that the behaviour does not happen again, they can talk to their class teacher or Learning Mentor directly. Miss Brown, Mrs Vernon and Mrs Gleaves are also Restorative Champions, trained to facilitate Restorative meetings.