Reviewing our Behaviour Pyramids

School Council Question: How well are the behaviour pyramids working in your class?

Context

Our behaviour policy was implemented across whole school, three years ago, when our current Year 3 children were in Reception to recognise, celebrate and reward positive behaviours alongside dealing with the negative behaviours that our children sometimes display.  Although it has proven to be successful and the children respond well to it, it is time for it to be reviewed and updated.  As Assistant Head, improving and monitoring behaviour across school is one of my responsibilities; I attended the school council meeting to gain the views of our children so that they are involved in updating our policy.

What works well?

  • The children like the behaviour poles/displays because they are bright and colourful.
  • They like moving up to the ‘pot of gold’ but don’t like moving down onto the rain-clouds which demonstrates the effectiveness of the system.
  • They like the rewards for reaching the ‘pot of gold’ but wish that they were more consistent across school.
  • They like how visual it is and adults can quickly see who is doing well.
  • They like knowing what they have to do to move up.
  • It makes them feel proud.
  • Our KS1 children enjoy standing up and having their names read out in assembly when they have reached the ‘pot of gold’ to celebrate their achievements.
  • They like our Special Mentions Certificates.
  • Their teachers are consistent and fair.

Even better if ?

  • Mrs Brown has implemented the use of ‘quiet critters’ into her Year 4 classroom and the children are keen for this to be used across school.
  • The children in Upper Key Stage 2 would prefer the use of a card system rather than the weather symbols as they feel that this is more age-appropriate.
  • Our KS2 children would like the names of the ‘pot of gold’ children to be read out in assembly too.
  • They would like the rewards for reaching the ‘pot of gold’ to be the same across school and would like to earn raffle tickets to win prizes.
  • They would like to go and see SLT 3 more for the things that they’ve done well.

Next steps:

I met with our senior leadership team after the school council meeting to share the children’s views and make decisions about updating our policy.  The improvements and guidance will be shared with our teaching staff on Wednesday 15th February 2017 to be implemented across school after February half term.  The updated policy will then be shared with non-teaching staff including our midday assistants next half term.

Mrs McIntosh

Assistant Head

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