Friday, February 24, 2017

Enforce your primary school behaviour policy

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Thankfully we have no need of riot control in Primary Schools but according to some out there, behaviour in the primary classroom is getting out of control. I hear stories of teachers that dread a certain class because they know who is coming up, they despair at the thought of no uniform day because they know how certain children will react, they complain to SLT about the same children day after day but nothing ever seems to be done. Behaviour in a primary school must set the standard, there should be no excuses for poor behaviour. None. Yet, stories like this and many more tell a different story. So why does this happen, why does poor behaviour exist in primaries and why do some allow it to fester?

Every primary has a behaviour policy. That policy has to be followed, no, enforced, by every member of staff in the school. Not just the teachers but everyone. Even the caretaker. Everyone has a part to play to make sure the behaviour policy of the school is enforced. From the moment children walk into the school in EYFS until they leave Y6, there should be no excuses made for not following it. And this is where I consider the problem to be. Not with the so-called misbehaving children but with the staff and SLT who are not enforcing their own policy. 

Enforce your behaviour policy and stick to it. Never deviate from it, don't make exceptions.