Children are encouraged to tell others when they don’t like something which has been said or done. Children also know that they can ask for help from an adult if they need it.
As teachers we model respectful communication and believe that by using a strong emotional intelligence model we do not need a system of rewards or punishments. We help children to develop self-motivation and self-discipline by learning to communicate their needs and feelings appropriately. Children are intrinsically motivated and enthusiastic to learn and build a happy community in which to work.
There are sanctions in place for when things go wrong and children are aware of these, however we believe that when children’s needs are met they rarely resort to inappropriate behaviour.
Teachers regularly celebrate the effort and work children do in class by positive acknowledgement. Children also praise each others work and are encouraged to make positive feedback. When children have made an especially big effort they are able to show their work to other classes, teachers or the headteachers. We also give children regular opportunities to show their work or other achievements in weekly Gatherings of the whole school.
All classes hold class forums where they can talk through issues which come up in school. Children have the opportunity to discuss issues around school of importance to them such as playtime games, relationships with others or after school clubs.
We work hard to ensure children feel safe and secure in school and to teach them strategies to use when other children are unkind. Any instances of a bullying nature are taken very seriously and tackled without delay. Children are also encouraged to talk to any member of staff and know they will be listened to.