Behaviour at Ferndale Primary School

During Covid-19 restrictions the following addendum highlights the temporary policy changes school has put in place to its behaviour policy.

Behaviour policy addendum

Sanctions for Poor Behaviour

We use a colour system, where children receive a yellow, orange or red card depending on the behaviour demonstrated. We have worked on a list of behaviours and an agreed sanction, this will ensure that there is a consistent approach across the school. (see document below)

Cards are given out by all members of staff; class teachers, learning support staff, lunchtime supervisors etc. Cards are recorded on a class chart and have the following sanctions.

10 Yellow cards Reflection
2 Orange cards Reflection
1 Red card Reflection

Agreed Cards

Starting Again

Children have many chances to put things right. Each week is an opportunity to earn extra play. Each half term is a fresh start to earn the half termly prize and all yellow and orange cards are cleared. Each term is a fresh start for the termly prize, so a yellow card in Autumn does not mean they cannot gain the reward in Spring. We also allow one yellow card per half term, so that the children understand that we all make small mistakes. However, if a child receives one yellow card in each half term, they will not be eligible for the termly prize.

Low Level Disruption

By receiving a yellow card in a week a child will not receive the extra playtime treat, although they can achieve this the following week. These cards also accumulate over half a term and can result in reflection.

What is Reflection?

Reflection lasts for one day and the child will miss their playtimes, including lunchtime. They will spend their time in a supervised room, where they will have time to reflect on their actions and work though how they could have made better choices. They will complete a range of activities appropriate to their age.

Staff will let you know if your child is in Reflection, either face to face or via a telephone call. This may be the day after Reflection has taken place if the incident was during the morning. Staff will be happy to discuss the behaviour on a one to one basis if requested.

A meeting with parents may be requested by an Assistant Headteacher if a child is in reflection a number of times or if there are further concerns regarding their behaviour. We may also contact external support if a child requires further support managing their behaviour.

Named Staff

If you wish to discuss your child’s behaviour the class teacher should be the first port of call. If you wish to speak to a member of the senior management team, the phase leaders named below will be happy to speak to you:

Reception to Year 1 : Mr J.Martin
Year 2 to Year 4 : Mrs N. Poole
Year 5 to Year 6 : Mr B. Sansom
Should you have further concerns please contact:
Deputy Head Teacher: Mrs R. Sutton
Head Teacher: Mrs R. Gillett

Rewarding Positive Behaviour

We are trying hard to reward the good behaviour demonstrated by the vast majority of our children. Dojo points are used throughout school, as are reward stickers and visits to members of the SLT .

By rewarding the good behaviour we hope to inspire children to continue their good attitude to school. Children who receive no cards each week will be given 10 minutes extra playtime.

Children who receive only one yellow car or less in a half term will have a ‘well done’ text sent to their parents and will receive a short reward session. Children who receive only one yellow card or less in a term will be rewarded with a larger ‘in school’ treat eg DVD, disco.

Children with Specific Needs

Some of our children do have specific needs and require 1:1 support. If it is felt that this approach to behaviour management will not be meaningful to a particular child, then alternative strategies will be used as appropriate to your child.