At St Saviour’s& St Olave’s School, we expect good behaviour as the norm. Emphasis is placed on self-discipline, respect for other members of the community, and the creation of an orderly working environment. We have found that by focusing attention on achievement in school work, extracurricular activities, and positive contributions to the community, positive behaviour will also be reinforced.
Staff are committed to providing appropriate and interesting lessons, in a safe and purposeful classroom atmosphere, and have worked together to share strategies for achieving this (see What Works for Us ). The school rules are printed in the students’ Diaries, and a poster entitled ‘Five Classroom Rules to Help You Work to Your Full Potential’ should be displayed in every classroom (see MRO if you need a replacement).
Parents sign the Governors’ Contract when their daughter joins the school. They keep one copy and the school keeps the other. The successes and achievements of all students are celebrated in assemblies and monthly newsletters (see Rewards).
For the minority of students who refuse to cooperate, we have an agreed, and well publicised system of sanctions.
What works for us - purposeful lessons
Be in room to greet class cheerfully and enthusiastically. Be well organised. Share lesson objectives. Establish routine procedure. Let students know exactly what is expected of them, especially re safety/noise/events. Praise as soon as possible (don’t overdo it). When dealing with disruptive students, deal with them on a one-to-one basis. Set work appropriate to ability. Constantly go round - are all on task? Have spare equipment ready. Always finish on a positive note and finish promptly. Dismiss class in an orderly fashion.
Dealing with the whole class
Explain reasons for rules. Establish firm lines. Regularly reinforce boundaries. Give regular positive praise of what they are doing right. Pre-empt bad behaviour. Be consistent. Don’t shout- only occasionally raise voice for extra effect. Use a different tone to tell someone off. Use body language and facial expressions. Pretend to be cross before you get really cross. Alternate being cross with being extremely pleasant and positive. Move around the room. Know what’s going on around you. Have a sense of humour (including being able to laugh at yourself). Know each class/group and their likely response. Use collective opinion of the class.
Rewards, Credits and Commendations
Students are rewarded for good work through the system of Credits and Commendations. Positive contributions to the school and outside community are rewarded by House Points and there are certificates and cups for achievement in sport.
Credits and Commendations are not only for students who produce outstanding work, but can be earned by anyone who puts a lot of effort into her work. The girls do appreciate this form of encouragement, but to be fair, it is important for there to be some degree of agreement between teachers as to the quality and quantity of work required to earn a reward.
As the work done in different subjects varies so much it is impossible to lay down hard and fast rules. The teachers in each Department will come to an agreement about the kinds of work that should deserve a credit in their subject area, aiming to set a standard which will allow a normally hard working girl to gain about five Credits in a term, and thus to be eligible for a Commendation in that subject. Only the most outstanding students should be getting more than one Commendation in any one subject in a term. At the other end of the scale the system should also provide encouragement for students who may only gain a Credit once or twice a term.
They can still aim for a Commendation when they finally collect five credits, even if it takes all year. When a teacher decides that a student deserves a Credit, s/he writes this in the student’s exercise book and records the award in the girl’s Diary. When a student has collected five credits in one subject, she shows the work (where possible!) to the Head of Department, who will then write a note in her Diary to the effect that she has now earned a Commendation.
HODS will probably find it most convenient to set aside a time for checking Commendations, which teachers should pass on to the girls. Students who have earned a Commendation could be sent to show their work to the Headteacher, and are presented with their award in Assembly.
Procedure for sending postcards
Teacher fills out the postcard with students full name, form and reason for getting postcard.
The teacher adds address of the student and then photocopies the side of the postcard which shows the student details .
This is then put in post tray to go home.
Photocopy of postcard goes in either an upper school or lower school box in office.
Inclusion officer records who has received a postcard.
DoL is emailed once a week with the names of who has received postcards.
Inclusion officer returns the photocopies to office into a ‘to be filed’ tray.
Photocopies filed in student files.
Each postcard home gains the student 5 house points.
Classroom Procedures: Staff
All staff must explicitly state their class procedures (to be uniform across the school).
- Before registration/lesson, students to ensure they have all items needed for their next 2 lessons, from their lockers.
- Students to line up quietly outside the classroom in a straight line, before being asked to enter and be seated according to the seating plan.
- Students to enter the classroom quietly with blazers on, & stand behind chairs until greeted by the teacher and asked to sit down, according to the seating plan.
- Students are to sit silently and get out equipment ready for the lesson to start, while the teacher takes the register Students are to answer their name politely (with ‘present Miss/ Sir’ or ‘yes Miss/Sir’).
- During class, students are to remain seated until given permission to do otherwise.
- Students are to raise their hand to ask a question.
- The class teacher must ensure that all students understand their individual strategy for signalling silence, e.g. counting from 5 to 1, clapping hands, etc. and are consistent in their use of this technique.
- When the teacher signals the end of the lesson, ensure that the room is tidy then students are to stand quietly, put their chairs under the tables and wait to be dismissed.
- Ensure that students understand and adhere to the procedures for problem behaviour, which are:
- Students will be given a warning to stop problem/disruptive behaviour.
- If a student chooses to persist, they will be given the choice to either stop the behaviour or if they continue to display the inappropriate behaviour, the next step will be to ask them to leave the classroom for 2 minutes.
- At next appropriate moment when class is settled, class teacher is to go outside classroom to talk to student and remind them of their expectation of their behaviour. This is their opportunity to resolve situation. Class teacher must explain to student the work that they are going to complete when they get back into the classroom and will then be escorted back into classroom by teacher.
- Upon students’ re-entry into class, class teacher should find an opportunity to help or praise them.
- IIf behaviour persists, use Head of Department and Conferencing/Pinks Slips. Refer to ‘Conference Procedure’ or ‘Only use a Pink Slip if..’
Student Code of Conduct
Everyone in our school community is of value and is deserving of
courtesy, consideration and kindness.
1. Students are expected to behave in an orderly and self controlled way and to show respect for members of staff and for each other.
2. In class, make it as easy as possible for everyone to learn and for the teacher to teach. (This means arriving on time with everything you need for that lesson, beginning and ending the lesson in a courteous and orderly way, listening carefully, following instructions, helping each other when appropriate and being quiet and sensible at all times).
3. Move gently and quietly about the school. (This means never running, barging or shouting, but being ready to help by opening doors, standing back to let people pass and helping to carry things).
4. Always speak politely to everyone, use a quiet voice and maintain silence when required.
5. School buildings and equipment must be treated at all times with care and respect. Keep the school clean and tidy so that it is a welcoming place of which we can all be proud.
6. Correct and full school uniform must always be worn (including to and from school). Always remember that St Saviour’s & St Olave’s reputation depends on how you look and how you behave.
7. Mobile phones, digital audio equipment and other expensive and potentially disruptive items are not allowed in school.
8. No girl may leave school without permission.
9. Eating and drinking are not permitted in classrooms and chewing gum may not be brought on to the school premises.
10. Smoking on school premises is absolutely forbidden at all times, including electronic cigarettes.
11. Any behaviour that brings the school into disrepute may result in exclusion from school, including abuse of the school's email, internet and computer systems.
12. Involvement with illegal substances, including alcohol, on school premises or acting in a way that endangers others will lead to exclusion from school.