Netherbrook Primary School

Good Behaviour

Our ethos is to notice good behaviour and give attention to children making right choices. This is very effective in encouraging children whose inclination might be to misbehave, to be noticed for doing the right thing!

We have a very positive attitude towards discipline, awarding children individual, class or whole school house points for good effort and attitude.

Good to be Green Behaviour Scheme

This scheme is an effective way of promoting positive behaviour, rewarding those pupils who consistently behave appropriately, and is a means of being able to track those pupils who find it harder to meet the school’s expected behaviour code (see Positive Behaviour Policy).

The scheme is very visual, with child friendly resources which allow our pupils to easily see how they are doing in class.

It's good to be green

We believe that it is important to promote a positive message regarding behaviour management at all times. 'Good to be Green' is a means of promoting our high expectations of positive behaviour. If a child has had a bad day, they can start afresh the following day.

Every child starts their day on a positive note with a green card displayed in their pocket of the Class Chart. The card says 'It's Good to be Green!' and the children soon learn to associate being on Green with a feeling of having done the right thing. If they are still on Green by the end of the day, the child is awarded a House Point.

If, during the day, in lessons, or at break times, (despite three previous reminders) a child has to be warned of inappropriate behaviour, or has broken a school rule, then a Yellow Warning Card will be displayed over the top of the Green card. The warning gives the child the opportunity to reflect, consider and review their behaviour. If a child is on a Yellow Warning Card, then there are consequences. A yellow card would equate, for example, to five minutes off playtime.

Sometimes, just the threat of moving a child onto a Red Consequence Card is enough to encourage them to behave appropriately. However, if necessary, when a child’s behaviour continues to be disruptive then the child’s Yellow Warning Card will be moved to the back of the pocket and the Red Consequence Card will be displayed. A red card would then have a consequence of lunchtime detention in order to talk about their behaviour, with a member of our Pastoral Team.

Equally, pupils will often display behaviours where they go out of their way to be friendly, welcoming or helpful. Pupils also have the opportunity to be rewarded for very good behaviour by being awarded house points.

Teachers and staff respond to inappropriate behaviour using the 'Good to be Green' scheme.

Another incentive for good behaviour is our Golden Time on a Friday afternoon where children have activities as a reward. Children who have made wrong choices during the week will lose time from this, although they can contract to earn it back by showing their teacher that they are really trying to improve. This has proved very successful as children hate losing their Golden Time!

There are, of course, always a few children who struggle hard with behaviour in any school. For these children, we like to work closely with their parents/carers to help the children to build up their self-esteem enough to give them the confidence to make right choices.