Aims of the Behaviour Policy
Our behaviour policy supports students and colleagues as we seek to meet LIS core objectives:
- Create a safe and stimulating learning environment in which our students can discover and develop their intellectual, physical, social and creative potential
- Become happy, well-balanced, ethical individuals who work effectively and willingly with others
- Establish and maintain core rights and responsibilities for all members of our school community
These objectives are based on our school’s core values:
- We uphold the principles of equality of opportunity and fair treatment of all individuals
- We respect ourselves, we respect each other and we respect our environment.
- We value honesty, fairness and integrity.
In addition, this policy:
- Is aimed at promoting positive behaviour – we want to prevent the need for consequences.
- Creates a framework whereby the whole school community supports and gives students credit for positive behaviour.
- Recognises that every student and every incident is contextual. The professionals dealing with a behaviour situation are asked to use their professional judgement to adjust the typical techniques used to manage the behaviour (if they feel this is necessary) within the boundaries of this policy.
- Recognises that ethical / moral behaviour is an area of human development that matures over time, therefore, a major aim of the policy is to assist students to develop in this regard.
- Acknowledges that because everyone makes mistakes, students ought to have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes, rather than be punished.
- Recognises that sometimes consequences (not punishment) are required to help a student learn from their mistakes.
- Understands that some students may have particular behavioural difficulties (challenges) that could require an individual plan at some stage of their development.
- Advances the belief that parents have an important role to play in supporting their children, reflecting with them on lessons learned, and helping them come up with solutions as to how to move forward in a positive way.
Always remember those affected
Perhaps most importantly, whenever a student makes a poor behavioural choice, please also remember those who have been affected (which may include colleagues). If you are involved in dealing with a situation, please (as we always do), ensure that those who have been affected are aware that you are here for them too; that your time is not solely spent on the student making a poor behaviour choice but that your time is also for them.