Ballater School Behaviour Code
The following behaviour code has been drawn up by pupils and staff and parents at Ballater School in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
We have identified the Articles which we believe are the most important to promote positive behaviour in our school. These can be found on page 4 of this document.
We believe that everyone in Ballater School and our community should be treated with respect. Good behaviour has a high priority in our school.
Ballater School is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment so that pupils, staff and parents can learn and work together to support all learning.
Everyone is valued, respected and celebrated. We promote, encourage and recognise good behaviour.
We recognise good behaviour in many ways including positive feedback, stickers, certificates, house points, prizes, team bonuses and other rewards. The majority of our learners respond well to this system but any inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with quickly, firmly and fairly.
It is important that the following Rights Respecting Behaviours are reinforced by parents and carers in order to provide consistency and support to our children inside and outside the school environment
- Following school charters
- Completing learning tasks, including homework
- Work hard
- Showing tolerance of others
- Being a good friend
- Take care of your own and the property of your school and other people
- Good listening
- Try your best
- Follow instructions
- Show kindness towards other people
- Take turns
- Show consideration towards other people
- Sharing resources and space
- Speaking politely and at the correct volume
- Moving around the school safely and calmly
Pupils and staff have agreed that the behaviours below are not rights respecting and as a result will not be tolerated at Ballater School.
- Hurting other people in any way ( hitting, kicking, pushing, fighting)
- Being unkind to other people
- Throwing objects
- Being rude to others ( shouting, screaming, name calling grabbing from them, leaving them out )
- Answering people back
- Lack of effort
- Making fun of other people
- Telling lies
- Showing a poor attitude towards other people
- Damage done to property or resources
- Not following school expectations
If we see these any of these behaviours,
we will not join in and will tell an adult.
Pupils who do not demonstrate Rights Respecting Behaviour will have the following sanctions applied.
Low level inappropriate behaviour
Verbal warning given
Name recorded by class teacher
Middle level inappropriate behaviour – or repeated low level
Loss of Golden time– Golden time will only be lost when a child has had repeated warnings or the behaviour is more serious.
Lost Golden time – will be recorded in class for Friday Golden time session.
Pupils who have lost Golden time report to Mrs Duckworth on a Friday pm.
A note will be written in pupil diaries for parent information.
Pupils will sit quietly for the duration of the lost time before returning to Golden Time.
Parents/Carers of pupils losing Golden time on three occasions in a term will be contacted to support their child to improve their behaviour.
Loss of break(s) – to complete unfinished tasks after many reminders
After a serious incident – (behaviour which hurts another person is serious)
A note will be written in pupil diaries if breaks have been lost.
Pupils will also lose their Golden Time for that day
High level Inappropriate behaviour or repeated low/ mid level
Pupil sent to Head teacher
Playground Exclusion – in place for set period
Support Sought from outside agencies (eg Social Work, Police)
Exclusion from school
Cases of inappropriate behaviours will be recorded and held on pupil files.
In addition to the above sanctions, in line with Aberdeenshire Council Policy, Restorative sessions may take place between the pupils upset and those who have caused the upset.
These sessions will always be led by trained staff. A record of the session with any agreed targets will be shared with parents of all pupils involved.
Pupils, staff and parents will be working on a playground code of conduct very shortly which will be added to this behaviour code.
United Nations Articles we have based our Behaviour code on
All children have these rights, no matter where they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.
All adults should do what is best for you. When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children.
You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.
You have the right to find things out and share what you think with others, by talking, drawing, writing, or in any other way unless it harms or offends other people.
You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups as long as it is not harmful to others.
You have the right to privacy.
You have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in mind or body.
You have the right to special education and care if you have a disability, as well as all the rights in this convention, so you can live a full life.
You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.
Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
You have the right to play and rest.
You have the right to help if you have been hurt, neglected or badly treated.
You have the right to know your rights! Adults should know about these rights and help you learn about them too.