At Ravenswood school we are...
For further information see our Behaviour Management Policy and our Anti-Bullying Policy on the School Policies page.
We have a positive approach to helping pupils manage their behaviour, with lots of praise and encouragement. Staff role model good:
Body language (open relaxed postures)
'BEST' can contribute positively and quickly to the atmosphere of any situation. The use of language that supports good behaviour and learning is crucial. Staff avoid sarcasm, negative talk and ambiguity. Students are praised. Staff are positive and consistent.
Some pupils have Consistent Handling Programmes / Risk Assessments identifying triggers for their behaviours and details of how we de-escalate situations. Staff keep themselves informed of the strategies identified for each child.
The Haven is a safe space in school that the pupils can use if they need someone to talk to. The Behaviour Team are based in the Haven, providing the pupils with someone to talk to and share their feelings and concerns. The room is full of calming activities and sensory equipment to help calm the pupils. Every pupil is able to use the Haven and each classroom has a Haven card that can be used if and when they need it.
This is used as a last resort to prevent a child harming themselves or others, or to prevent serious damage to property or severe disruption of the learning environment. Staff receive full training and are required to follow school guidelines. Ater using restrictive physical intervention staff report this on the appropriate forms and parents and North Somerset Council are always informed.
Around five years ago we wanted a different approach to support behaviour. We wanted to ensure students and staff are supported in the right way and upskilled in appropriate de-escalation strategies that help pupils feel and remain safe, without the need for physical intervention. Find out more about how we used MAPA and then Pivotal MAPA to achieve these goals. See this article on crisisprevention.com