Positive Relationships

It is a primary aim of our school that every member of the school community feels happy, valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. We are a caring community with mutual trust and respect for all.

The primary aim of this policy is to promote good choices which lead to effective relationships so that everyone can support each other, work together and learn well. It aims to promote relationships which are happy, safe and secure.

Roles, Rights and Responsibilities for Pupils

It is the responsibility of pupils to make good choices at all times and with all adults and pupils in school. This will lead to pupils behaving well and building up and maintaining good relationships. Pupils should follow the school'€™s €˜Golden Rules€™ to avoid bad choices:

  • Be safe
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated
  • Always do your best
  • Be friendly, Kind and caring
  • Tell the truth
  • Look after our school

Roles, Rights and Responsibilities for Staff

All staff in our school have high expectations of the children in terms of their relationships, choices and behaviour. A key priority is to reward and praise good choices in order to reinforce good behaviour (including following school rules) and positive relationships.

Roles, Rights and Responsibilities for Parents / Carers
The school works collaboratively with parents so children receive consistent messages about how to behave. We aim to build a supportive dialogue between the home and the school. We inform parents immediately if we have concerns about their child'€™s welfare or behaviour

We expect parents to:

  • be aware that we have school rules (often communicated to parents) and to support them
  • co-operate with the school
  • support their child'€™s learning
  • support the school'€™s decision when applying consequences to deal with any specific incident / issue

Positive consequences

Some of the positive consequences for the good choices and good behaviour that children show are:

  • regular verbal feedback to reinforce positive behaviour
  • reference to good role models
  • children are congratulated
  • Golden Time
  • Individual Learning stickers

Negative consequences

Staff at Kerr Mackie Primary employ consistently and clearly a hierarchy of negative consequences (our €˜warnings€™) if a child breaks a school rule. This is to ensure a safe and effective learning environment in which positive, happy, healthy relationships flourish.

The series of warnings is:

  1. A reminder about behaviour and choices
  2. Five minutes off break
  3. Time out of class and missed break
  4. Time out of class and 30 minutes of lunch play missed
  5. Pupil sees Headteacher and parents are informed

Serious misbehaviour (eg disrespect to staff, property or cultures, swearing, fighting) is very rare at Kerr Mackie Primary. Such behaviour would mean warnings are automatically by-passed to four or usually five warnings. Similarly, any pattern in warnings or consistent warnings means parents are contacted. We contact parents to keep them in the picture and to discuss ways to respond and gain a consistent message between home and school.

We do recognise that there are occasionally overriding factors or circumstances, but these are rare and so variation from the warnings system is rare. This is to maintain their effect and impersonal nature ie we aim to remove the personal judgement so children understand and accept the school rules. We allow for differentiation of sanctions where appropriate. This is to reflect different levels of culpability (or fault) while maintaining consistency and fairness of the treatment of pupils.

We expect children to try their best in all activities. If they do not do so, we may ask them to redo or complete a task. We expect children to make good choices and older children to set a good example to younger ones. We expect children to not support the misbehaviour of their peers. We expect and encourage children to tell an adult of misbehaviour.

Parents / carers say their child feels safe at Kerr Mackie Primary School. One of the reasons for this is that we do not tolerate bullying of any kind. If we discover that an act of bullying or intimidation has taken place, we act immediately to stop any further occurrences of such behaviour. We have specific guidance to follow if an incident of bullying (including cyber-bullying) or racism occurred.