Golden Rules

These are our Golden Rules here at Brierley:

I am responsible for my own behaviour and learning

I will respect myself, others and property with my words and actions

I will listen, think and act responsibly

I will always do my best

Positive Behaviour Management

The school follows a system of discipline which is based on Positive Behaviour Management strategies. Staff are ‘in loco parentis’ and all the children in Brierley School are cared for. They are encouraged to be caring and polite, courteous, helpful and considerate, responsible and busy, occupied, independent and happy. Above all the children’s individual needs and situations are taken into account.

It is our belief that we have a shared responsibility with parents for each child’s well-being and behaviour. We regard our knowledge of children and their families and our pastoral care as a strength. It is our primary aim to provide a stable, caring, consistent community for the welfare of all our children.

For everybody’s benefit we operate a code of conduct which is seen to be firm, fair and consistent. It is our practice in school to educate children about observing a code of conduct and exercising responsibility and self control through positive reinforcement and rewards. Parents are issued with a copy of the behaviour policy and a home school agreement when their child starts school. These can range from verbal praise to simple stickers or stamps, certificates and awards.

Good behaviour is the norm at Brierley. We have a consistent approach to discipline, with every class operating the same system of sanctions and rewards. We have a ‘celebration assembly’ every Friday to reward achievement and good behaviour. We operate reward programmes for those children who find it difficult to follow the code of conduct. Each week every child is entitled to 30 minutes ‘Golden Time’ which is a reward for behaving well. This can be withdrawn as a sanction for poor behaviour but it can also be earned back. Golden time is designed to ensure that those children who always behave well are suitably rewarded. We run a system of exciting activities for golden time, supervised by staff, which children can sign up to at the beginning of the week. We try to ensure activities are based on the children’s interests and that they are varied and frequently changed.

We will inform parents if a child’s behaviour is causing concern. We have a policy of involving parents immediately if a child is involved in an incident of bullying. We have a strong anti-bullying policy and will not tolerate this kind of behaviour.

A copy of our Behaviour Policy can be downloaded HERE!