Promoting Positive Behaviour Policy 2015

Title Promoting Positive Behaviour Policy 2015


All of our pupils have the right to access education within an orderly and safe environment. The promotion and expectation of acceptable behaviour is built on a foundation of mutual respect, tolerance of others, empathy and social awareness. We accept that pupils who attend Educational Diversity will have previously experienced significant issues in the context of behaviour. By recognising that the pupils are responsible for the choices they make and their own behaviours, we can encourage and support the pupils to make positive changes. This will lead to developing positive attitudes towards others and their learning, whilst building self confidence and esteem maximising potential both socially and academically.


This policy should be read in conjunction with the Anti-Bullying Policy, The DES, The Online safety Policy and the Safeguarding Policy.



  • To build / rebuild positive relationships with pupils, parents / carers and school

  • To promote & reinforce good behaviour

  • To create and provide an orderly, safe and effective learning environment

  • To establish procedures which determine a clear and consistent approach to inappropriate and disruptive behaviour

  • To promote self discipline, confidence and esteem by encouraging pupils to value and respect themselves and others

  • To promote fair and consistent treatment of each individual in a caring community

  • To encourage the pupils to have self control and take responsibility for their actions and that these actions and choices have consequences

  • To encourage and support positive changes in choices and behaviour

  • To enable pupils to achieve their true potential


Expectations of positive behaviour:

  • Respect others and others property

  • Be polite and use appropriate language

  • Listen to others and follow instructions

  • Keep hands, feet and inappropriate comments to yourself

  • Try your best at all times

  • Bullying, Fighting, Smoking and Chewing Gum is unacceptable


Expectations of positive behaviour when off site:

Pupils should be aware that sanctions may be enforced for any inappropriate behaviour outside of the premises, this will include:

  • Behaviour outside the centre or in close proximity to the centre

  • Activities arranged by the centre eg. Work experience, educational visits, external educational providers etc.

  • Behaviour to and from the centre

  • Harassing another pupil or teacher outside of the centre – including through the use of the internet or mobile devices


Roles and Responsibilities:

Educational Diversity staff will:

  • Fully comply with the school’s policies and procedures

  • Attend designated training

  • Inform the Headteacher of any concerns

  • Treat all pupils fairly and with respect

  • Raise pupils self-esteem and develop their full potential by offering high quality learning experiences

  • Maintain high expectations of pupil behaviour and learning

  • Provide an interesting, relevant and challenging curriculum

  • Create a safe, stimulating and pleasant environment for learning

  • Use rules and sanctions clearly and consistently

  • Be a good role model for behaviour

  • Establish effective partnerships with parents so that pupils can see the key adults in their lives share a common aim

  • Recognise each pupil as an individual and to take into account the needs of each child

  • Praise and reward appropriate behaviour and achievements.


Break duties / Non-teaching time:

All staff must share the responsibility of pupil movement and behaviour within the centre at all times. Problems such as bullying and inappropriate behaviour are more likely to occur when there is no, or little, staff presence. Staff being vigilant on the corridor at all times will reinforce the high expectations for behaviour. Rewards and praise should be given to encourage good behaviour. It is important that all staff should model the behaviour they expect to see from the pupils.


We expect that pupils will:

  • Work to the best of their abilities and to allow others to do the same

  • Treat others with respect at all times

  • Respond appropriately to the instructions of staff and other adults working in school

  • Take care of property and the environment in and around school

  • Cooperate with the pupils and adults in all aspects of school life

  • Help formulate and comply with the classroom rules

  • Move sensibly and quietly in and around school


We request that parents / carers will:

  • Tell school staff about anything that may affect their children’s work and well-being at school

  • Encourage independence and self-discipline in their children

  • Establish good communication with school staff and support the behaviour policy

  • Encourage respect and good behaviour and to make their children aware of inappropriate behaviour

  • Work with school staff to address and review any behaviour issues with their children



  • KS1 / KS2 – Bespoke daily, weekly & monthly rewards linked to VIVOS

  • KS3 / KS4 - VIVOS


Sanctions / Consequences:

  • See Behaviour levels / sanctions document (Appendix 1)


Confiscation of Pupils property:

Staff have the legal right to confiscate items belonging to pupils and to retain or dispose of said item. Within Educational Diversity staff will confiscate:


  • Any item deemed to pose a threat to the health and safety of the individual or others

  • Cigarettes, alcohol or drugs that are illegally brought into school

  • Mobile phones that are used inappropriately or at inappropriate times

  • Any item deemed to significantly disrupt the learning of the individual or others


Legally staff will not be liable in case of damage or loss of confiscated items if the seizure was lawful.


Parents / carers will be informed of the confiscation if the item is retained at the end of the school day. In some circumstances parents / carers may be asked to collect the confiscated items from the centre.


Searching pupils:


The Headteacher and staff authorised by her have a statutory power to search pupils or their possessions, without consent, where they have reasonable grounds for suspecting that the pupil may have a prohibited item.


  • Prohibited items are:

  • knives or weapons  

  • alcohol

  • illegal drugs

  • stolen items

  • tobacco and cigarette papers

  • fireworks

  • pornographic images

  • any article that the member of staff reasonably suspects has been, or is likely to be, used to commit an offence, or

  • to cause personal injury to, or damage to the property of, any person (including the pupil).


Headteacher and authorised staff can also search for any item banned by the school rules which has been identified in the rules as an item which may be searched for.

Physical Intervention / Extreme Behaviours:


Here in Educational Diversity, a number of staff are trained in the use of MAPA (Management of actual, potential, physical aggression).  This training is renewed every 12 to 18 months.


A list of staff who are currently trained can be found on the single central register held by the Headteacher.  Copies of certification are kept in staff personal files.


The training is delivered by the following staff who have been accredited through Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)


Darius Robinson:  November 2017

Pamela Aspin:  November 2017

Alison Bellaby:  November 2017


Guidelines on Physical Interventions and the Use of Reasonable Force

(Legal term).


The Use of force to Control or Restrain Pupils

The Education and Inspections Act 2007 sets out the position and powers of teachers and other staff who have lawful control or charge of pupils to use reasonable force to prevent pupils committing a crime, causing injury or causing disruption.


Reasonable force can be used to prevent a pupil from doing or continuing to do, any of the following:

  • Committing any offence

  • Causing personal injury to or damage to the property of any person (including the pupil himself)

  • Prejudicing the maintenance of good order and discipline at the school or among any pupils receiving education at the school whether during a teaching session or otherwise


There are a number of situations where reasonable force might be appropriate, or necessary to control or restrain a pupil:

  • A pupil attacks a member of staff or another pupil

  • Pupils are fighting

  • A pupil is engaged in or is on the verge of committing deliberate damage or vandalism to property

  • A pupil is causing or is at risk of causing injury or damage by accident, by rough play, by misuse of dangerous materials or objects

  • A pupil running on a corridor or stairway in a way in which he or she might be injured or might cause an accident to themselves or others.

  • A pupil persistently refuses to obey an order to leave a schoolroom

  • A pupil is behaving in a way that is seriously disrupting a lesson

  • A pupil absconds from a class or tries to leave school (This would apply if the pupil would be at risk if not in the schoolroom or at school)

Staff should always deal with situations by other means and strategies before using force. Strategies to diffuse and calm a situation are employed first. The use of reasonable force is never used as a substitute for good behaviour management. Throughout a situation that may arise it is important to try to diffuse the situation by using some of the following:

  • Using a calm voice

  • Isolating the area so that there is no audience

  • Bringing in a second member of staff

If physical intervention is necessary the following rules apply

  • The pupil/s will be warned verbally that physical restraint will be used

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