Behaviour, Personal Development and Welfare

Behaviour

At Seal we pride ourselves in the high standards of behaviour we receive from all our pupils. This is down to the friendly culture we have developed here, our clear guidelines on behaviour and the therapeutic support we put in place alongside to help our children achieve outstanding behaviour around the school and in lessons.

Our behaviour policy is shared with all staff, parents, children and visitors to our school to ensure a consistent approach and can be found here. Great behaviour is not just achieved by having a consistent behaviour policy in place! Therefore we have developed a culture of high standards of learning behaviour through assemblies, rewards, exciting teaching and the family feel we have in our school.

Bullying is a an area where we have very strong views - we absolutely will not tolerate bullying of any kind. As well as a clear behaviour policy and approach to what happens to those who bully, we also ensure that we teach children about the different forms of bullying and what to do if it is happening to them. This also links in with our e-safety work, details of which can be found here. In 2013 we also launched Seal Bully Busters. Essentially every child in the school has the responsibility to identify and report bullying. All children have been trained on this through a series of assemblies, and this has been updated each Autumn Term to keep it fresh. As a result, bullying is rare in the school and is dealt with swiftly if it is identified.

We also believe that children's personal development and wellbeing goes a long way to developing good learning behaviour and habits, and below are some details about the work we do at Seal to develop these areas within our children.

Personal Development & Welfare

The development of personal skills is a key driver in our aims for the children in our school as we understand that a good level of academic achievement is only part of the story for the successful futures of our children. The journey starts in Reception where personal, social and emotional development is found in everything we do, all the way through to Year 6 where responsibilities such as our Sports Education And Leadership Squad (SEALS) help children understand how they can contribute to the development of others.

Because we understand the importance of the emotional needs of our children in achieving well, we work very closely with our school counsellor, Emma Red, to develop a wider curriculum which supports this. The first experience for all of our children of this is through the transition from pre-school to Reception. Emma has written a 5 week programme which all our children take part in before they start school and which helps them feel part of the school and reduces any anxiety for their first day. We also offer this support to parents who are understandably nervous about their children starting school and help them with practical advice on reducing 'first days of school anxiety' (for both children and parents!). As a result, our Reception classes settle in very well and are ready to learn from the moment they start school.

Transition to secondary school can also be a worrying time for children, and therefore we have developed a similar transition project to help with this key change in children's lives. Again this has been written by Emma, and secondary schools report that our children arrive with them in a more robust frame of mind than ever before. Of course, children have many transitions through primary school as they pass from year to year and teacher to teacher. Therefore, our transition projects do not just sit at either end of the school and may be put in place for individual year groups or classes where we feel this is appropriate.

SMSC

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) development is a large part of both personal development and wellbeing at Seal. This element of education is found in everything we do, with a clear purpose of developing a culture where a strong moral compass is highly praised and sought after. This is achieved through the way we treat each other, rewards for good deeds, a basic expectation of treating others fairly, and more distinct areas of the curriculum such as Religious Education.

This year we are expanding this further by introducing two new elements to our curriculum which compliment our approach to SMSC and our focus on personal development. We shall continue to teach children about Christianity and other world religions in depth in the Autumn term, with additional inputs on Christianity every other week from our local vicar throughout the year. We shall then also be teaching children philosophy and basic psychology through the Spring and Summer terms. This is so that we can develop what is known as meta-cognition (thinking about how we think) which will help children not only develop their own moral code and spirituality but also help them reflect on how they learn and interact with others best. The psychology unit is being written by Emma Red and will not be therapeutic - this is about developmental psychology, how the brain works and how we can use this information to help us in everyday life.

 

For our SMSC plan, please click here, or come and talk to us if you would like to know more.