The level of behaviour and discipline expected at East Ayton School will be notified to the children through whole school assemblies, teachers explanation on a class basis and on an individual basis by teachers, teaching assistants, lunchtime supervisory assistants and the Deputy Head and Headteacher for exceptional behavioural cases.

The reasons for good behaviour are as follows:-

1. to ensure the safety and well being of all pupils.
2. to ensure the safety and well being of members of staff and visitors.
3. to protect the school environment.
4. to protect pupils from self inflicted abuse or injury.
5. to divert pupils from inappropriate to appropriate behaviour.
6. to curb or divert obsessive behaviour in order to allow learning to take place.
7. to teach pupils to have self-control and subsequently take responsibility and be accountable for their actions.
8. to teach pupils that actions and choices have consequences.
9. to encourage good manners, caring and politeness. (care, courtesy ,consideration)
10. to allow a pupil to develop and demonstrate positive abilities and attitudes.

Where possible, examples of children’s good behaviour will be praised and exemplified. This will encourage the children to conform.

How we exemplify good behaviour and encourage a caring , disciplined attitude to others is a major part of the spiritual and moral development of the children.
The spiritual development is supported through collective worship ( hymns, prayers and spiritual acts) and classroom religious education. The moral development is supported by the assemblies ( themes and stories which exemplify moral behaviour) and classroom support by the teachers developing an atmosphere of sharing and mutual care. With individual children the staff reinforce the recognition of good behaviour and the condemnation of poor behaviour.

The following behaviour will not be tolerated at school:

1. any action of a dangerous nature.
2. actions likely to cause injury i.e. hitting, kicking, tripping, rough handling and misuse of equipment.
3. Actions of a rude or abusive nature i.e. spitting, rude signs or gestures, verbal abuse and swearing.
4. Actions of a disruptive nature i.e. diverse action disrupting education, misuse of school premises or facilities.

Dealing with unacceptable behaviour
Sanctions applied will depend on how serious the bad behaviour is. Children who engage in persistent misbehaviour will have that behaviour “ tracked” so that a record exists for future reference and subsequent actions.

The sanctions may involve the following: – verbal correction ( mild or a firm rebuke), withdrawal of privileges , placing on report (home/school diary) restrictions on playtime/freetime, missing of school events such as educational visits or after school clubs

More persistent or behaviour causing greater concern will need following up as follows:-

Parents will be notified when behaviour becomes:-

(a) a barrier to effective learning
(b) a danger to self and others
(c) a developmental concern which may prompt medical or psychological help from external agencies

Entries made in school behaviour book will be notified to parents so that parents and school can work in harmony to transmit the same social messages. At this stage it will be useful to have a meeting with child, parents, class teacher and Head teacher.

The following are some of the possible ways parents and school can obtain help:-

· The use of an individual education plan for behaviour generated by the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)

· Reference to Social Workers , Educational Psychologists and Psychiatrists.

· Should all possibilities be exhausted the child can be excluded from school for a period of time according to the North Yorkshire County Council Guidelines for schools.

· Use of Restraint. The school has a policy on “The Use of Force to Control or Restrain Pupils” which can be seen at school upon request.

· In School we accept the following definition of Bullying.