Park Primary School in Stranraer recently launched an initiative promoting positive behaviour in the school and outside. At the launch the pupils and staff were joined by invited guests, parents and family members.
The pupils also wore their new uniform and Carlisle Embroidery donated uniforms for the prize draw.
The Behaviour of pupils was identified by stakeholders as a being a real concern. The staff of the school decided, through school improvement planning, that we really had to create a better climate for learning and teaching.
A new vision was created and one that is shared throughout our school The vision is to respect each other, respect yourself and respect learning.
As well as creating new guidelines for managing challenging behaviour much more quickly, Park School also have placed a huge emphasis on promoting positive behaviour. Several positive steps have been taken including four new team names for pupils -patience, achievement, respect and kindness.
Pupils and staff have agreed categories for awarding merits/demerits to teams for charting the progress throughout the team. Merits would be transferred into team points for weekly treats etc.
Pupils that have demonstrated no challenging behaviour and have not featured in the incident book will be allocated into a prize draw.
The last Wednesday of every month we have a positive behaviour prize draw.
Local businesses, colleges, church, parents and staff have all contributed towards motivating prizes. Gym passes, beauty treatments at the college, VIP pass at the police station, signed footballs, coaching for golf, horse riding and so much more.
Senior pupils have also taken on the role as peer mediators (called the RESPECTABLES) in the playground, dealing worth very low level incidents. Classroom assistants, office staff, the janitor, playground supervisors are all part of sharing this vision and are also able to award merits/demerits outside. We have created our unique uniform and the shop is selling respect stationery.
Lisa Calderwood, acting principal teacher said: “This is just a quick overview, in short – attitudes have changes, incidents in class have reduced, We are a team! Pupils are aware of what RESPECT actually means.”