We ask that teachers identify pupils who go ‘above and beyond’ in their efforts whether as learners or members of the school community. These children receive a praise card and an email of praise sent home. They then become eligible for ‘Hot Chocolate Friday’. This is a session on a Friday afternoon when they spend time with a senior member of staff having hot chocolate and playing games.
Teachers also identify pupils who have worked hard to improve their learning and behaviour and those children are celebrated in praise assemblies on a Friday. Their names are written on a star and added to a display.
The vast majority of children at Thameside primary behave well, however, there are occasions when children struggle to make the right choices. Consistency is the key.
In order to ensure that everyone is able to be consistent, we simplified the school rules down to three words:
These three expectations are simple, clear, coherent and can be applied to all situations. They are easy for everyone to remember and make it easy for adults and children to recognise what constitutes good behaviour and what is needed when behaviour needs improvement.
our reward system
We take the following measures to positively reinforce good attendance amongst our pupils:
Each Friday, the class with the highest attendance in their phase (KS1, Lower KS2 & Upper KS2) spins the 'Wheel of Fortune' to win a reward for the whole class.
To ensure the rare occurance of poor choices or negative behaviours, Thameside Primary will use good routines to avoid and minimise poor behaviour through:
The pastoral team consists of a Learning Mentor, Attendance Officer, Behaviour Improvement Co-ordinator, School Social Worker, Family Support Worker, EAL Family Support Worker.
The team work in collaboration with outside agencies, staff and parents alike in order to ensure our pupils are supported consistently throughout their time at Thameside.
We do not just focus on the pupils' education, but on each person as a whole.
At Thameside, we celebrate and focus on positive behaviours and emphasise consequences, not punishment. By doing this we hope that children develop self discipline by taking responsibility for their own actions.
Consequences are fair, certain, consistent, known in advance and are logical and related to the unacceptable action.
Based on our Co-operative values of Self Help, Self Responsibility and Democracy, our learner entitlements are for:
Pastoral care at Thameside Primary School is central to our pupils' development. We believe that providing a framework of care and support for our pupils will assist them in their academic and social development throughout their school life.
behaviour, attendance, care and support.